Not everyone who supports students within Frisco ISD is necessarily a teacher and the District is privileged to have several staff members who go above and beyond to make sure students receive exceptional services.
Congratulations to Huma Durrani, a paraprofessional at the Early Childhood School, and Angie Williams, the counseling services elementary coordinator, who are the latest winners of the District Standing Ovation Award.
The District-wide award recognizes non-teaching staff members across FISD who serve the mission of knowing every student by name and need while supporting future-ready initiatives. Durrani and Williams were nominated for the award by their peers and were
surprised by a visit from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike Waldrip.
As Standing Ovation winners, Durrani and Williams will be honored at a banquet later this spring.
Huma Durrani - Early Childhood School Paraprofessional
Durrani is a paraprofessional in the structured learning class. In the SLC, she provides specially designed instruction for our youngest learners with autism and/or other communication disorders who require support to build functional language and communication
Durrani shares her compassion and patience with the students in the SLC classroom each day and is an inspiration to those around her. She is always looking to find fun activities for the students to participate in and is never afraid to try hard things
to meet the needs of the students. Thanks to her excellent instruction, students blossom in the classroom and learn how to effectively communicate with their peers.
As a colleague, she is always there with a listening ear and willing to provide encouragement, wisdom and support regardless of the circumstance. The classroom lead teacher explained that “she is the glue that holds our classroom together and I
could not ask for a better teammate.”
Angie Williams - Coordinator of Elementary Counseling Services
As the counseling services coordinator for elementary, Williams works each day to support elementary counselors. She listens to the needs of the counselors and their communities and works to support and provide resources. She also supports the school support specialists who work hard to connect families to community resources. Learn more.
Recently, Williams brought renowned writer and speaker, Dr. Tim Elmore, to Frisco ISD to help staff and parents understand how the pandemic is influencing people of all ages and how best to respond and support our loved ones. In doing so, she helped support
not only our school community, but the larger community to engage in meaningful and real conversations about ways to ensure we all thrive despite the pandemic.
Access the slideshow presentation from Dr. Elmore.