Town council salutes BGEC’s Autism Education Team

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, May 17, 2024

      The Miami Lakes town council honored teachers and paraprofessionals from Bob Graham Education Center during its April 8 municipal meeting. 

     “This is our portion of our [Autism Spectrum Disorder] staff,” said Principal Yecenia Martinez. “We have an amazing team of specialized teachers. Our program has grown … it’s thanks to these teachers.” 

       She said registration in the school’s ASD program has more than doubled and credited the staffs’ efforts. 

      Special Needs Advisory Board Chair Vivian Levy presented a proclamation to the educators, and to mark April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in the town. 

     From left, back row: Teachers Alexandra Socorro, Diana Cardenas, Lissette Lanza, Tonibriana Brown and Yareli Dominguez; Paraprofessional Yelitssa Gomez; Teacher Erika Hurtado; Paraprofessionals Ana Osorio, Leslie Rivero, Lourdes Suarez-Gonzalez, Martha Delgado and Kolbe Perez; Teacher Ana Mestre; Paraprofessionals Yleana Coba-Ortiz, Martin Baltodano, Melanie Cadet-Hernandez, Madelaine Pena, Greylis Abreu, Yoandra Morales, Miriana Sandoval and Miriam Baez. Front row: Councilman Ray Garcia; Vice Mayor Tony Fernandez; Asst. Principal Elizabeth Hernandez; Principal Yecenia Martinez; Vivian Levy, chair, Special Needs Advisory Board; Jesenia Orellana, vice chair, Special Needs Advisory Board; Mayor Manny Cid and Council members Josh Dieguez and Luis Collazo. Photo by Tico Casamayor.