OT Spotlight – Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim, Guilford County Schools!
Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim, OTR/L, will be retiring this summer after 24 years with Guilford County Schools at the wonderful age of 70! She is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Australia, having started her work life as a special education teacher in Singapore. Manashi started her OT career in Florida and has worked as an OT in just about every practice area! We are so glad that she found her way to school-based OT here in Guilford County! Manashi has been a vital part of the GCS OT department – through her supervisory work with many Level II students who later joined us as staff OTs as well as through her passionate advocacy for the students she served over her tenure with GCS. In Manashi’s words, “being an OT is not something I learned; it’s a Way of Life!” She describes this further: “With ethos (the spirit or culture of being an OT) and moral consciousness [guiding] my journeys across the globe, [….] where there was ‘nothing’ (because you may not see it), there was everything!” She describes this ‘nothing’ further by saying “…it penetrates deep into you, and the imprints stay with you forever. Nothing spoken. You just know. Love. Care. Commitment. Desire to do right, to do the best you can…. The inalienable right of every person while inhabiting this Earth…. to serve and be served.” These are some of the life lessons that Manashi has been “privileged to experience. Treasured principles. Simply lived. Humbled by this great understanding of making ‘nothingness’ work for you…. to change lives, like we do as OTs. It is a gift to be used with a moral compass and gratitude…. I can never retire from being an OT – how can I retire from Life?” Manashi, we are forever grateful for YOU!
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April is Occupational Therapy Month – thank you school-based OT practitioners for all you do to support students, families, staff, administrators, and communities across NC! Check out the AOTA OT Month Resources for ways to celebrate and promote our profession. In celebration of #OTMonth: What makes you proud to be an OT/OTA?
Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim, OTR/L, will be retiring this summer after 24 years with Guilford County Schools at the wonderful age of 70! She is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Australia, having started her work life as a special education teacher in Singapore. Manashi started her OT career in Florida and has worked as … Continued
Meg is completing her fourteenth year as an OT with Guilford County Schools and her sixth year as Lead OT. In her role as Lead OT, one of Meg’s passions is creating or improving processes that encourage OT professional growth to better serve our students, teachers, and schools. Two years ago, after realizing that OTs … Continued
Amy Flowers, OTR/L is retiring from Pitt County Schools after working 22 years in the district. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Amy has been an unsung hero, modeling student advocacy from the beginning … Continued
Heather Newhart joined our EC preschool team 2 years ago right before the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Mrs. Newhart brought to our district a wealth of occupational therapy knowledge and experience. Throughout the past 2 years Mrs. Newhart has work diligently as a team member to help build awareness of the need for occupational … Continued
Brittany Howard is in the OT lead in Catawba County Schools. She goes above and beyond to support her fellow clinicians and ensure OT services within our district are top-notch. She collaborates with many providers across disciplines and never hesitates to provide and implement innovative ideas, strategies, and resources to better our district and ultimately … Continued
OT Spotlight – Jenny Holland, Cumberland County Schools! I would to spotlight Jenny Holland for the invaluable role she plays on our team and in our community as a resource for sensory processing issues. Jenny says that she has “always had a passion for sensory processing and how it is an integral part of functioning and … Continued
OT Spotlight – Educators of Excellence! During the 70th Conference on Exceptional Children in November 2021, nearly 100 educators from across the state were recognized as Educators of Excellence by their public school units. Several occupational therapy practitioners across the state received this award. We are proud of you and grateful for your work! Congratulations to … Continued
Katherine McLean -Fieldwork program coordinator for the OT department in Cumberland County Schools. Fieldwork experiences are critical for students and the profession of Occupational Therapy. Our department is dedicated to providing OT students from across the state and nation with quality learning opportunities. Katherine works diligently each year with academic FW coordinators and our staff … Continued
OT Spotlight – Cassie Fraser-Ball, Alamance Burlington School System! Shout out to Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) Occupational Therapist Cassie Fraser-Ball for spearheading the development of the ABSS Virtual Resource Hub for Exceptional Children and their families. The Hub lists resources primarily for middle and high school age students and is linked to the ABSS Website. … Continued
OT Spotlight – Guilford County Schools OT Department! The Occupational Therapy Department at Guilford County Schools is pivoting, leaping, & keeping our feet on the two moving halves of the 2020-2021 educational bridge ~ we haven’t fallen in the water yet! Like most of you, we pivoted to fully-remote services back in March then leaped … Continued
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Each entry should be an example of best practice and include contact information, a brief description, and a picture to be shared with the field. Any pictures with identifiable individuals must have previously obtained permission. Practitioners may send in an example from their own practice or recognize other practitioners/departments with prior obtained permission.
We will strive to showcase an entry each week; however, this will be dependent upon the volume of entries and participation from the field. Entries will be selected based on meeting the inclusion criteria, relevant themes that may develop, and the discretion of the Consultant for OT. Selected entries should not be viewed as “winners” in a competition.
We look forward to showcasing best practices in North Carolina!