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Long-Serving Special Education Staff Member is FBISD’s Latest Impact Award Recipient

(FORT BEND ISD) – Fort Bend ISD special education paraprofessional Becky Luetkemeyer at Leonetti Elementary School is the district’s latest Impact Award recipient.

Luetkemeyer has worked for 22 years in special education. FBISD Superintendent Christie Whitbeck, her leadership team and Leonetti staff members surprised Luetkemeyer on campus Monday morning with the announcement, a plaque and flowers.

"I’m shocked,” she said. “I feel the impact of this job” but it is the impact the students have on her, not the other way around, she explained.

Luetkemeyer was awarded for her record of building long-lasting, supportive relationships with her students and their families, and for having a strong track record of continuing to assist her students even after they have moved beyond the school system into more independent lives as young adults.

“I can wake up in a bad mood and I get to school and it's just a totally different atmosphere,” she said. “I learn way more from the students than they learn from me.”

Her nomination form detailed how Luetkemeyer is an inspiration not only to her students but to her colleagues also. It stated that she organizes family meetups and student outings to provide special needs families with opportunities to build lasting bonds with each other and assist her students in building friendships “past the walls of the classroom.”

After a short celebration during her surprise award presentation, Luetkemeyer was eager to return to her students.

“I’ve gotta go,” she said with a laugh and a wave as she headed back to her classroom.


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