LaShanda Brown of Seaborn Lee Elementary is this year’s winner of the Constance “Babette” Vlahos Award and has been named Clinic Assistant of the Year. Brown has been with Fulton County Schools for six years and was previously named Seaborn Lee Elementary School’s 2017-2018 Professional of the Year.
Brown received the award during the Fulton County Schools Student Health Services department’s ninth annual School Nurse and Clinic Assistant Conference at the Scottish Rite Hospital Campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The conference covered medical emergency responses and the role of the School Health team during a crisis, and included presentations on safety and security, emergency preparedness and students in crisis.
The Constance “Babette” Vlahos Award is named in honor of a former clinic assistant at Centennial High School who was afflicted with brain cancer. Nominated by principals and assistant principals and chosen by a panel of cluster nurses, Clinic Assistant of the Year nominees must demonstrate competence, quick thinking in emergencies, and devotion to all aspects of student health.
According to Brown’s nomination form, she is an invaluable asset to the school and her involvement with the school community extends beyond the clinic. She is “proactive in addressing parent concerns and ensures staff remains informed of the latest policies and procedures for keeping all stakeholders safe and healthy.”
Student Health Services delivers school health services through a team approach with registered nurses and clinic assistants who work in the school-based clinics. The department serves as a resource for all school health-related issues.