Brockman receives Superintendent's 212 Degrees Award
Beth Brockman, a special education paraeducator at Liberty, has received the Superintendent’s 212 Degrees Award for going above and beyond in service. In late August, Brockman performed the Heimlich on a student who was choking in the cafeteria -- remembering the maneuver from her safety training videos. “Any of us would have done the exact same thing for our babies,” she said.
Colleague Karyn Potts recalled how when the panicked student approached Brockman, she quickly jumped into life-saving mode and dislodged the food. "Having cafeteria duty is not necessarily overwhelming, but the noise level and movement of so many kids takes a quick mind to notice and know when something is wrong and to step into action," Potts said. "All the praise to Beth for her quick actions, steady mind and hands. I know the student will never forget it!"
The Fayette County Board of Education saluted paraeducator Beth Brockman at its Sept. 23 action meeting. From left are board members Stephanie Aschmann Spires, Tyler Murphy, Brockman, Liberty Principal Lisa Kear, Will Nash, and Daryl Love with Superintendent Manny Caulk.