Ambassador of the Week
Each week of April, we will be highlighting an “Ambassador of the Week” for their exceptional work in raising awareness and building acceptance. Read Lia's story:
Week 3: April 14th through 20th
Lia Caravella, Teacher, Memorial Middle School, Cedar Gove, NJ
Lia, a middle school teacher, has planned a variety of activities to show support for Autism Awareness Month. She implemented lessons to teach her students about autism while encouraging them to understand and embrace the differences in others. Lia also has included autism awareness activities in her Character Education Curriculum. Lia hopes this will impact her students and lead to meaningful friendships between their peers with autism. We asked Lia what about the autism community inspires her.
A little about Lia:
I was born and raised in Montville, New Jersey. I am a middle school character education teacher and a student council advisor at Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove. I have been a teacher for 12 years and am the founder of “Miss C’s Random Acts of Kindness Group”, a club that promotes the social, emotional and educational well-being for the children who attend. I created this group to provide students with opportunities to grow as empathetic and compassionate individuals. I’ve incorporated autism awareness into our group to build acceptance between students and their peers with disabilities.
What inspires Lia to spread autism awareness?
I strongly believe in treating others the way that you would want to be treated. With the help of my students and the community, I want to spread love and autism awareness through my classroom instruction as well as through my Random Acts of Kindness Group. By providing my students with opportunities to learn about autism and other disabilities, I believe it strengthens their own sense of belonging and helps them to incorporate the lessons that are taught during classroom lessons/instruction time in the real world. This philosophy has benefited the students and the members of the community. I plan on changing the world, one day at a time!
Learn more about Lia's community involvement here>
Lia is connecting the pieces by:
I planned various activities to show support for Autism Awareness Month. The committee members sold puzzle piece bracelets, pencils, pens, and paper puzzle pieces during lunch to raise money. Students who donated a dollar were able to write their name on a puzzle piece and were displayed around a bulletin board. The staff members also had a dress down day on April 2. All of the proceeds will be donated to Autism New Jersey. Autism New Jersey is celebrating its 50th year. Lia would use these three words to describe us: Supportive, loving and encouraging.
Autism New Jersey is celebrating its 50th year. Lia would use these three words to describe us:
Supportive • Loving • Encouraging
Click here to see other Ambassadors highlighted this year.