OT Spotlight – Bonnie Engellau, Susan Matznick and Haley Ross
Three Occupational Therapists ( Bonnie Engellau, Susan Matznick and Haley Ross) from Guilford County Schools Assistive Technology Team contributed to presenting at ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), a national conference for sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices/services for people with disabilities. Their presentation, “How Do You Eat An Elephant?” The Development of an AT Team in the School Setting, focused on how they have been making connections, building relationships, and creating meaningful procedures for lasting change in Guilford County.
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Three Occupational Therapists ( Bonnie Engellau, Susan Matznick and Haley Ross) from Guilford County Schools Assistive Technology Team contributed to presenting at ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), a national conference for sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices/services for people with disabilities. Their presentation, “How Do You Eat An Elephant?” The Development of an AT … Continued
A group of Guilford County Schools’ OTs celebrated OT Month by volunteering at Backpack Beginnings, a local non-profit that provides weekend meal packages & other daily living resources for students, as a way to celebrate OT Month and give back to the community. The GCS OTs put together more than 200 weekend meal supplies for … Continued
Emily has created a website designed to provide OTPs with information about the expanded core curriculum (ECC). This resource can be used to facilitate guidance with assessment and treatment planning for students with visual impairment or blindness. It provides information about a variety of areas that OTPs can support within the school setting that many … Continued
Nancy Byrd will be retiring from the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Occupational Therapy department on September 30th. She has been with GCS for 15 years – and has had an OT career spanning 41 years! Nancy has worked in adult and pediatric in-patient acute and rehabilitation settings as well as out-patient, home care, and hand therapy, … Continued
See the results from the OT Month Menti Poll below. If you would like to participate, the poll is still open: I feel proud to be an OT/OTA when I….
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
Please submit nominations for OT Spotlight using the form below.
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!