WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School paraprofessional Ferdinand ("Freddy") Christian III has been named the West Orange School District's Educational Support Professional for 2022-2023.
Christian serves as a paraprofessional in the self-contained classrooms. He works one-on-one with students of need while assisting the classroom teacher in whatever capacity is needed. He has worked in the school district since 2013, beginning at Liberty Middle School and moving on to WOHS.
"I grew up in west Orange and attended Seton Hall Prep, graduating from Temple University," he began.
"I honestly love working in the town where I grew up," he continued, "because it gives me the opportunity to give back and serve the community that has done so much for me. It's truly a blessing."
"It’s an honor to receive this recognition," Christian stated.
"I work with some amazing people that are all worthy of recognition. We have an incredible team that collaborates to provide a good experience for our students. With the other paraprofessionals and gifted classroom teachers I’ve had the opportunity to work with directly (Mallory DeMarco, Domenica Alessi-Obamdo and Joe Spina), along with the department as a whole, it’s been a joy to work here," he explained.
In addition to his talent in the classroom, Christian is also a beloved coach for several athletic programs.
"I became varsity assistant coach for the boys' soccer team this year, and am an assistant for the boys' lacrosse team," he stated. "I’ve served as a volunteer coach for girls' basketball in the past as well."
Christian also serves as a coach for Play Unified, a program that bridges the gap between special needs students and general education students through sports. In the summer, he works with WOHS head soccer coach Doug Nevins' soccer camp.
"The West Orange School District is lucky to have Freddy Christian as an employee, coach, and friend," said Assistant Superintendent Hayden Moore.
"We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor and look forward to all he will accomplish," he concluded.
WOHS Principal Oscar Guerrero, Freddy Christian, Asst. Superintendent Hayden Moore.