Director of early childhood education to be honored for her dedication – SILive.com

lauren picture.jpgLauren Grimaldi

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Lauren Grimaldi, director of early childhood education/SEIT-SETSS at Eden II, is being honored by the Staten Island NFP Association.

The Staten Island NFP Association will be hosting the fifth annual Community Service Awards on Nov. 15 to honor those who tirelessly serve their communities.

Grimaldi, who lives in Oakwood, has specialized in the education and treatment of children with special needs since 1995. She is responsible for the supervision of Eden II’s center-based pre-school program — Little Miracles. She also supervises over 25 teachers who provide special education itinerant teacher services to children with autism.

Much of Grimaldi’s work has been dedicated to the field of special education — she earned a master of science degree in special education from Wagner College and a certificate of developmental disabilities and a certificate in supervision and administration from the College of Staten Island.

Why did you choose this career?

“I love my profession … not many people can say they wake up each morning and are happy to go to work,” Grimaldi said.

What does this honor mean to you?

“I am humbled to be selected and recognized for my dedication to the field of educating children with autism,” she said. “It is an honor to serve my community.”

What do you enjoy doing with your spare time?

Grimaldi enjoys being a football and dance mom to three beautiful young children, ages 8, 6 and 3.

In the coming weeks, a profile of each honoree will be posted on SILive.com.

The Staten Island NFP Association’s awards ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Vanderbilt, South Beach. Tickets for the event are $55 per person and can be purchased directly by calling 718-355-6228.