Rhode Island names deaf man School Counselor of the Year

Career & Education

Rhode Island names deaf man School Counselor of the Year

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

PROVIDENCE, Rhode I sland (AP) — A first for the state, Rhode Island has named a deaf man as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year.

The Providence Journal reports that 44-year-old Joseph Batiano is the school counselor at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.

Batiano says he helps with a student's academic progress, emotional health and career readiness. He also developed a programme to help students who spend school vacations around relatives who don't understand American Sign Language.

Katherine Kay, a school reading specialist who nominated Batiano, says kids are really benefiting from his service.

As a state winner, Batiano will be considered for the 2020 national title.

A spokeswoman for the American School Counselor Association says Batiano is the first deaf person to be nominated in the organisation's history.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon