By Margee Shaffer (Heartland AEA Family & Educator Coordinator)
Over the years Heartland AEA staff have been involved in the education of a wonderful student, Kasey Nelson, who is now a senior at Audubon High School. From preschool until now, Heartland AEA staff have provided support for educational goals, assistive technology, speech and language services, physical and occupational therapy and transition options for her future.
As the Family & Educator Partnership Coordinator serving Audubon Schools, I have worked with the special education teacher and Kasey’s family to find resources for her as she transitions out of high school. Our AEA staff was elated when Kasey was named the Audubon Schools’ homecoming queen! Kasey’s mother, Trish Nelson, summed up the joy experienced during homecoming week.
"Thank you, thank you to all the students and staff of Audubon schools and to the community and family who gave Kasey the most amazing week!! Words cannot express how blessed we are for Kasey to have this kind of love and support! Her classmates have welcomed her, helped her and made her feel like one of the gang since preschool and the experience they gave her this week is a testimonial to the character and kindness of our Wheeler students. One of the most heartwarming moments of the evening was when the queen candidates were on the track taking pictures and Kasey got tired from standing and she sat down on the track. And without one second of hesitation the other young ladies immediately sat down around her. Another example of their willingness to adapt to Kasey and help her feel included. We will remember and cherish this experience forever. "
Pictured (L to R) Audubon High School Homecoming Queen Candidates Rachel Mosinski, Whitney Petersen, Kylee Tessman and McKenna Nielsen surround AHS Homecoming Queen Kasey Jo Nelson following coronation ceremonies held Sept. 15.
Photo courtesy of Audubon County Advocate Journal