On Mondays, we recognize, award, and honor educators and students making a difference in their schools and communities.
This week's leader is Tracy Butler, an ECE Instructional Assistant at Allen County Intermediate Center (ACIC), who works with 8 exceptional children in 4th-6th grade that face and overcome many challenges.
Over the years, she has worked with many children that are nonverbal. She says that she loves the challenge of discovering the ways they learn to communicate and to see one of them accomplish even the smallest of tasks is rewarding.
Butler has worked in the Allen County school system for 8 years in preschool through 9th grade.
While working at the High School, she also became a Track & Swim Coach for Special Olympics.
One of the athletes had seizures daily but loved the water and loved to swim, so, Butler became lifeguard certified so she could assist him with his seizures in and around the water.
She began working for the Core of Scottsville as a Certified Red Cross Swim Instructor and over the past four summers, she has taught over 250 kids to swim.
While doing this, her son became an excellent swimmer and is now on the Patriot Swim Team.
When he joined Archery in 4th grade, she also became a parent volunteer and has been the Head Coach of the Archery program for the past 2 years for students in grades 4th-6th grades.
This year, the program expanded to include 7th-8th grade and now has 116 Archers on the elementary and middle school teams.
The school has had the National Archery in the Schools Program for 5 years and last year, the team made it to the state and national championships with high hopes for this year as well.
It is with the love and support of Butler's family, co-workers, church, and community that she is able to make a difference in the lives of so many children.
You can nominate a teacher or student to be recognized as Today's Leader at WBKO.com/todaysleader .