A Harborfields High School special education assistant and dedicated homeless services volunteer will be honored Wednesday as a “Champion of Change” at the White House.
Annie McClintock, who assists teachers at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, will be recognized along with 11 other school-support employees from across the country.
“On behalf of the entire Harborfields Central School District, we congratulate Ms. McClintock on her great recognition,” Superintendent Diana Todaro said in a statement. “Not only is she a dedicated professional within the district who helps countless children, but her dedication to helping the homeless in the Huntington area is inspiring to us all.”
Todaro hailed McClintock as “an excellent role model for our students, staff and community.”
McClintock, of Northport, has worked as a special education teacher assistant since 2000 and regularly volunteers with the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative, a nonprofit that provides services for low-income and homeless families. For the past eight years, she’s helped the organization assemble over 250 bagged lunches and breakfast sandwiches every week.
McClintock, who could not be immediately reached for comment, is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in labor studies, officials said.
Last June she was named 2015 School-related Professionals Member of the Year by New York State United Teachers, a statewide union with more than 600,000 members.
“ ‘Champion of Change’ is a fitting recognition for Annie McClintock,” said Karen Magee, the union president. “She is constantly seeking ways to improve what she does for her students and ... instrumental in encouraging teaching assistants to continue to take the professional development classes that they need to advance through their certification levels.”
The White House event will be streamed live online starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday at www.whitehouse.gov/live/.