Honoring Vanessa Iaquintaby Representative Linda T. Sánchez
Posted on 2015-02-10
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on the
conclusion of National School Counseling Week to honor a deserving
school counselor in my district. Vanessa Iaquinta joined Norwalk High
School in 1998, and is the heart and soul of the school's counseling
team. She has made a tremendous impact on the lives of Norwalk students
because she believes that every one of them should be given the tools
necessary to succeed in both college and life.
Ms. Iaquinta works with parents to make sure they feel included and informed about their child's education. Vanessa and her team have developed a personalized and comprehensive approach that meets the academic, social-emotional, and post-secondary needs of each and every Norwalk High School student. She goes above and beyond, even using social media to stay connected with graduates, reminding them of application deadlines for student aid and scholarships.
Vanessa is also the counselor for AVID, a program that helps students who have shown the potential to succeed but need a little extra help. She meets with students, and coordinates with teachers to make sure their individual needs are being met.
This year, Vanessa agreed to be the counselor for the newly established Project Lead the Way which exposes students to the field of biomedicine. In the few short months since Vanessa has undertaken this role, the program has expanded, interest has increased, and students are thriving.
Norwalk High School is a special place because of dedicated professionals like Vanessa. In honor of National School Counselors Week, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking all the school counselors who are making a positive impact in the lives of our students.