Driven by her natural love and passion for children, particularly helping children with learning disabilities, Crissy Lawlor initially desired to become a teacher. However, due to her own learning disability while coming of age, Ms. Lawlor was gently advised by a grade school teacher that her disability may be a hindrance to her pursuit of a career as an educator. Heeding her teacher’s advice, Ms. Lawlor resolved to enter the academic realm in a different passion and sought to help children who – much like herself – have learning disabilities.

After studying at and graduating from Queens College, Ms. Lawlor became employed by the New York City Department of Education. Serving as a paraprofessional in special education, she spends significant time working with students with a broad range of disabilities. She credits much of her success in her industry to her empathy and innate understanding of all her students, being a disabled individual herself. She advises that while she was attending to her collegiate studies, she volunteered often with students with disabilities that further allowed her to cultivate a deep understanding of those students’ feelings and needs.

Likewise, Ms. Lawlor is especially proud of contributing tremendously to her field as a special education paraprofessional, where she works one-on-one with students who require special attention. She is particularly humbled by her aptitude for succeeding with students with even the most severe disabilities that may have detered them from receiving attentive care. To this end, Ms. Lawlor has been successful in guiding these students and helping them achieve academic greatness.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Lawlor intends to ease into a well-deserved retirement in the next five years. However, although she will be approaching retirement, she intends to commit herself fully to the growth and development of her students. In fact, she still desires to work with disabled individuals in her post-retirement stages in some capacity in light of her immense passion.

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