Jessica Solomon announced as Empathy in Education Award recipient

Jessica Solomon, a sixth grade teacher at Diamond View Middle School, was awarded the 2021 Empathy in Education Award. This award goes to a role model who has shown their compassion for children through encouragement, nurturing, and dedication to impacting the lives of the students in Lassen County.

Jessica Solomon, left, poses with her Empathy in Education Award Saturday, April 24. She stands with Heather Roney, of LFS, center, and Angela Reed, LFS executive director. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Lassen Family Services child trauma therapists Peggy Vaquera and Eddie Bias presented Solomon with the award Saturday, April 24 during Lassen Family Services’ Walk A Mile in Their Shoes event.

“We recognize the importance of supportive adults who positively impact these children’s lives,” Vaquera said. “Therefore every year, with the exception of last year, our child trauma therapy program collaborates with local schools to seek out a very special individual within our academic community, who goes above and beyond to look out for the overall needs of all students. This person also makes an impact in one, or all of our schools. We ask individuals, students and school staff within our community to nominate someone they believe fits the description and deserves recognition.”

Bias shared some of the comments submitted about Solomon.

“This teacher’s ability to make my son feel so special, and capable, has had a profound impact on his success this year,” read one submission.

“This teacher gives my child a voice and the support needed to learn and grow in the classroom,” read another.

She was described as an amazing, compassionate teacher who makes learning fun and who has high expectations of all of her students.

“Not only is she an emotional support for the students, but she’s a support for academics, as well,” Bias said. “Many students, staff and community members believe this person deserves this award.”