Ms. Flory Recognized as FCPS Cares of the Month Recipient!

October FCPS Cares Region 4 Recipient

By Department of Human Resources
December 06, 2019

Congratulations to Mindy Flory on being recognized as the October 2019 FCPS Cares Recipient of the Month for Region 4 by the Department of Human Resources. Congratulations, Ms. Flory!

Below is the write up submitted by a parent of a Rolling Valley Elementary School student

The 'dignity of risk' is the idea that self-determination and the right to take reasonable risks are essential to instilling a sense of dignity and building self-esteem. Adults often attempt to make life easier for our son with multiple disabilities, not realizing that they are taking away his opportunity to grow when they provide him too much support. Mindy Flory, a public health training assistant at Rolling Valley Elementary School, is an exception. Whether she knows it or not, she has demonstrated an understanding of, and appreciation for, the dignity of risk on multiple occasions when working with our kindergartner. For example, our son came to school one day more fatigued than usual (a symptom of one of his disabilities), causing him to wobble significantly when he put on his backpack. Where others would have immediately taken our son’s bag off his back and carried it for him, Mindy did not. Rather, she opened his bag, and thoughtfully selected items to take out until our son was confident in his ability to safely carry the remaining items in his bag. Little things like this will have a lasting positive impact on our son’s feelings of independence and inclusion. And for moments like this one, we are thankful!