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Judy Tessier- Awesome Advocate

When asked to describe teacher Judy Tessier, Nick hikes his arm up to his speech device and begins typing words like:  “Funny, like, teacher, funny, makes laugh, fun.”  This is how Nick begins to formulate his raw thoughts as he reflects upon his time working with Judy.

Nick has been so fortunate to meet and watch this dynamic community educator in action.  Loveland’s young children are extremely fortunate to have Judy and her cohorts as public educators here.

Judy has worked the last two years at the Monroe Early Childhood center.  Judy’s work with children includes teaching both Gifted & Talented groups, as well as Special Education classes.

A 30-year veteran educator (BA-Art Education), Judy taught in Massachusetts until a couple of years ago, and is the person responsible for all of Nick’s crazy costume moments during her literacy events with the Center over the last couple of years!

Judy has been married 31 years, has two grown children and one grandchild, and has lived the last 10 years in Colorado.

What a creative, fun, funny and Awesome Advocate for all children in Colorado!

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Judy Tessier making Nick laugh at a Literacy event

Sue Schnitzer-Volunteer and Awesome Community Advocate

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We met Sue through a phone call to the Glenwood Springs branch of the Garfield County Libraries. Within minutes of talking to us on the phone, Sue had looked up Nick’s book, and agreed to meet with us after the half marathon Mountain to Valley Race with Athletes in Tandem.

An avid biker and runner, Sue was actually going to be at the race herself…pushing a runner for Athletes in Tandem!

Sue hunted Nick down after the race, and after checking out Nick’s book, Helping in Action, she took some photos with us.  Sue has volunteered to help promote Nick’s book throughout the Garfield Branch libraries! In addition to helping out Awesome in Action, she  gave us some great ideas of things to do while visiting Glenwood Springs. With her suggestion, we took the tram up to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to watch a free outdoor concert!

We really enjoyed our time with Sue, and hope to see her perform at the Superheros Songfest at the Main Ft. Collins library on June 22, 2015!

Sue Schnitzer is a true Awesome Advocate, and we are so excited to have gotten a chance to meet her!