On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, a CCSD teacher and an Osborne High School graduate were honored by the Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work Program.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work Program held their annual Bridges Recognition Reception at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. Bridges from School to Work was established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities to transform the lives of young adults with disabilities through the power of a job. The Bridges Employer Recognition Reception pays tribute to individuals and employers in the Atlanta area who have made exceptional contributions to Bridges. Within Cobb County, Bridges collaborates with Osborne, Pebblebrook, South Cobb, Campbell, Wheeler, and McEachern High Schools. At this year’s reception, Cobb County School District was spotlighted when Wendy Sorkin was awarded teacher of the year. Ms. Sorkin is a Transition Resource Specialist. She works with students with disabilities at Lassiter, Pope, Walton, and Wheeler High Schools to help make sure they are connected with resources to help them achieve their post-secondary goals. Osborne high school graduate Veronica Garcia Ramirez was honored with the Youth Achievement Award at the Recognition Reception. Veronica was among the first group of Bridges participants to be employed at SunTrust Park. Veronica proved to be a valued employee and has since moved on to become a barista at Starbucks in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Shari McCrary, Supervisor
Contributing Authors: Kristin Pewitt, Transition Coordinator and Lisa Leiter, Assistive Technology Specialist