Jennifer Riccio – Nominee, MITC 2021 Hero Award
Jennifer is a behavior therapist at ALL Academy in Connecticut. Jennifer was especially patient with students and their families when they were having a difficult time adjusting to pandemic routines. Jennifer helped run “lunch bunches” where students could come together to eat, talk, and play. She did a great job teaching social skills and perspective-taking skills to mend friendships and create new connections. During remote learning, she introduced the students to her pet pig, whom they adored. Jennifer was one of only a handful of staff who volunteered to come into the school to prepare materials before we re-opened last year. Jennifer goes above and beyond to raise the morale for all staff and students.