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Boardman resident proves all kids are 'able'

August 16, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

When they created the theme song for the sitcom "Cheers," they were envisioning the atmosphere in Aaron Dellorco's classroom. It is a place where the teacher knows your name, he is really glad that you came, and people are treated all the same.

Dellorco is a lifelong resident of Boardman who graduated from Ursuline High School in 1996. He received a bachelor's of education from Youngstown State University in 2002. He is a currently starting his third year at the Trumbull Career & Technical Center as a teacher for special needs students who are enrolled social studies. Previously, he taught in the Youngstown City and Campbell school districts.

Academic Supervisor Larry Crawford says Dellorco is a role model for his students. "Aaron is very calm and even tempered. Because he never loses his composure in the classroom, over the course of time, his students learn to follow suit. Some of them have struggled academically in school, but Aaron accepts every kid for who he is. It is OK to make a mistake in his classroom. He is patient in showing students how to improve."

Dellorco believes that community service is the linchpin for effective citizenship. Each year he devises community service projects for students to give something back to the towns and cities where they live. For 11-12, students raked leaves, planted flowers and collected trash at Mosquito Lake Park.

Dellorco stated, "Students took great pride in knowing they made a difference for their community."

Jodi Riedel, special needs supervisor at the TCTC, says her staff has been greatly impressed with Dellorco.

"Every Vose who has worked with Aaron comments on his knowledge of subject matter, rapport with kids and the creativity of his lesson plans. A visitor to his classroom would not know that his roster was all special needs unless someone informed them in advance. Aaron does not enable kids, but he makes them able."

Word of Dellorco success in the classroom reached the Quaker Steak and Lube. They sent him a gift certificate for two to recognize professional excellence.

Dellorco resides in Boardman with his wife Michelle. They have three children.



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