Distinguished Service Outside the Profession

Lee Yonika – Worcester Public Schools

Lee Yonika worked for the Worcester Public Schools for thirty four years in a variety of roles and responsibilities. One of her greatest pleasures while working for WPS was her collaboration with the art department. Lee had the opportunity to participate in a three year implementation of Universal Design for Learning with CAST, founder of UDL. Timmary Leary, passionate about her job as curriculum liaison, was one of the first to show interest and a strong commitment to its message, “Until learning has no limits.”. Together Lee and Timmary formed a tight bond and formed a cohort of innovative art teachers to be amongst the first in the district to collaboratively learn and practice together. This has become a strong team of educational leaders. Lee has been proud to be a part of their passion and continued commitment to students of all ages.