Anyone who enters Pam Wise’s classroom at ACDS in Plainview can expect a warm greeting from Wise’s teacher assistant, Jeanne McHale. “I’m here,” she cheerfully announces, with a big grin that can light up any room.
McHale has been “here” at ACDS for more than 30 years. Along with her two sisters, who also have Down syndrome, McHale has attended ACDS since preschool. After completing high school, McHale returned to ACDS to work at the preschool.
Her exemplary work ethic (and 30-year tenure as an employee) earned McHale a recognition award, which was presented to her during ACDS’ 2015 St. Patrick’s Celebration on March 7. No one could be prouder than her parents, Jim and Sheila McHale, both honorees themselves, for 45 years of advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities.