Isabel enrolled at Pathway in September of 2009 and will be graduating in June. She is described by her teacher as a “
bright ray of sunshine
”. She comes to school with a smile on her face and eager to start the day. She loves to talk about current events, movies, plays and music. She has been a valuable asset to the
, Pathway’s theatre group, having had significant parts in many play performances over the years. Isabel will have her final performance in “Hairspray”, scheduled for June 5
Isabel’s participation in the Career Education Program has provided her with a variety of work experiences, further developing her employability skills. Over the years she has worked on campus in Pathway’s food services program, as well as the Hot Spot Café. This school year, she has been working at Boscov’s and Homewood Suites. At Boscov’s she unpacks garments, hangs items, and on occasion works the floor in the Jr. Department. Isabel’s job responsibilities at Homewood Suites include collecting dishes and trays, attending to laundry, dining room set up and various other tasks as needed. Isabel’s strong interpersonal skills have helped with her communication on the job site. She is always friendly and personable with work site staff, as well as Pathway staff and peers.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the rest of her class, Isabel spends time working at Cabrini University. The experience has provided her the opportunity to socialize with age appropriate peers, take direction from Cabrini staff, accept feedback, learn flexibility, and master new job skills.
On Thursday afternoons Isabel leaves from her work site at Cabrini to go to Phoebe Nursing Home, where she assists setting up for events such as bingo, parties, conversing with the residents and helping wherever needed. It was Isabelle’s idea to offer her talents in this way and she is hopeful this job will continue after graduation.
Isabel says that she has many good memories from her time at Pathway. She especially loves her teachers, enjoys her friends, participating in the plays, having occupational therapy with Ms. Zarrilli and going to work at Cabrini.
Isabel, we are all so proud of your accomplishments and wish you much success in your journey after graduation!