BA employee to receive 2018 Governor’s Disability Employment Awards of Excellence
At Broken Arrow Public Schools, Lauren Weir is known for her smile, her loving heart for kids and her work ethic in the Highland Park Elementary cafeteria. Now, she will also be known as one of the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Disability Employment Awards of Excellence.
These awards are given each year to outstanding employees with disabilities, to businesses that hire persons with disabilities, and to members of the media or media organizations that publicize these work programs.
“Lauren is a very hard-working and dependable employee,” said Highland Park Elementary Principal Beth Schmidt. “Every day, she does her job with integrity, consistency and dedication. She joyfully exhibits our Broken Arrow core value of being student-focused by engaging our students through kindness, compassion and making them happy. We are proud that she is part of the BA family.”
Weir, who has worked at Highland Park for a little over a year, was nominated by her Gatesway job coach Ana Sapero because of her constant determination and outstanding performance at work. Gatesway is a nonprofit Oklahoma agency that encourages independence and provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
“In the beginning when I first met Lauren, she was very shy,” said Sapero. “She interviewed for a lot of positions but always stayed happy and positive while waiting for the right job. When she got the job at Highland Park, Lauren said that working there had always been her dream job.”
Because of her achievements while at Highland Park Elementary, Weir will be honored at a special ceremony in early October where she will receive a commendation from Governor Mary Fallin.
“I was very excited and shocked when I found out I won,” Weir said. “My favorite part about Highland Park is working with the other ladies. I couldn’t be as successful at my job if it weren’t for them.”