SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumnae, now school district staff member Paige Lucas was named Sparta Education Association 2020-2021 Educational Support Professional of the Year. 

President of the Sparta Education Association and Lucas’ fifth and sixth grade teacher Susan Sawey said, “Paige's nomination as the Sparta Education Association Education Support Professional is very well deserved.  Her contributions to the Spartan Community are numerous and should be recognized as exemplary. I'm a very proud former teacher.”

She has been working as the Sparta High School media center assistant for five years.  Her work with the students goes beyond the confines of the media center, however.

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“Paige is Sparta,” Librarian and Media Specialist Angela DeLuccia said.  “She loves being involved in so many activities and giving back to the community she loves.  I am so fortunate to have her as my assistant and friend.”

In the media center Lucas can be found working with students and helping to keep their chromebooks working.  In the spring she can be found in the auditorium working with students in school musicals; she is the choreographer of the high school and co-director of the middle school theatrical production.  Lucas is also a board member of the Sparta School Booster Club Musical Theater Patrons.

Lucas coordinates activities for the Sparta Educational Foundation as a board member. She is co-advisor of the Sparta High School chapter of Pass it Along.  She teaches at Elisa Girlando Studio music school. 

One of the most visible role Lucas plays is the “security protection” for “Sparty,” the Sparta High School mascot.  Her talent is writ large for people attending games at Cassels Field; she creates the visuals on the jumbo-tron screen of the scoreboard.

“I'm so honored and grateful for this award,” Lucas said. “I have always been committed to the Spartan community and I'm glad to give back in any way I can.” 

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