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Alice Womer receives the 2018/19 Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

by Comm Contractor | Nov 16, 2018

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is proud to announce that Alice Womer, a speech/language pathologist for the CAIU, is the winner of this year’s Decima award. The award was established to honor the life of the late Josephine Decima, a former CAIU educator, who helped pioneer the field of special education in central Pennsylvania.

Geri Schaffer, who nominated Womer for the award, said this about her in the application for nomination:

“Over the years that I've worked with [Alice], I've watched students grow and learn. They respect her, and they know she cares about them. She cares about their school environments, their skill levels, their goals and their success. But, more importantly, she cares about them, personally. She pays attention to their extracurricular activities, their friends and family, and the dreams they have for themselves. Then, she goes to work finding ways to connect the dots for them.”

Womer will be officially presented with the award at CAIU’s December board meeting and she will also be honored during All Staff Day in January.

About Josephine Decima
During her nearly 40-year career in teaching, Josephine J. Decima was a pioneer in the field of special education in central Pennsylvania. She believed that students with special needs were entitled to a strong academic program supplemented by life-skills training. She fought tirelessly to improve instructional programs and experiences for children with physical and mental challenges. Decima was a lifelong advocate for special-needs children, and an inspirational role model for teachers.