Lyndon Institute’s Karen Kennedy Receives Patriot Award
On Monday, February 4th, Lyndon Institute's Director of Specialized Instruction Karen Kennedy received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This award is given in recognition of a supervisor who supports their Guard and Reserve employees.
According to ESGR’s website, “An employee serving in the National Guard or reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.” Kennedy was nominated by Guard member and Lyndon Institute 504 coordinator and CTE faculty member Eric Stuepfert.
"Over the past 7 years I have had the opportunity to train across the United States in Wyoming, South Carolina, Louisiana and of course right here in the Green Mountain State as part of the Vermont Army National Guard,” said Stuepfert. “ Lyndon Institute's support and encouragement have allowed me to focus on training to better serve our local community and nation when called upon."
“I am proud to support Eric and others who serve our country. Eric's commitment to his service both at LI and in the National Guard is what makes him a valued member of our school and the local community,” said Kennedy.
Army Reserve Ambassador John desGroseilliers visited the LI campus to present the award to Mrs. Kennedy who was accompanied by Head of School Twiladawn Perry and Mr. Stuepfert.