SMUSD WorkAbility Partner Receives Award

SMUSD WorkAbility Partner Receives Award

Launa Cornell, Director of The Meridian at Lake San Marcos, received the Employer Excellence in Special Education award from the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education Community Advisory Committee in a ceremony at the North County Regional Education Center on May 29th.  Launa was also recognized with a framed resolution presented by Aaron Andrews, District Representative for Senator Brian Jones, 38th Senate District. 

 Launa was nominated for this award by Karen Thompson, coordinator of the WorkAbility 1 program for San Marcos Unified School District.  Karen says of her nominee:  Launa is an ambassador for our work experience programs throughout San Marcos.  With her warm, genuine and dynamic personality, she is a terrific spokesperson for our students who never misses an opportunity to promote work experience programs for students with disabilities and persuade others to follow in her example! 

 Launa is a fervent supporter of authentic, meaningful work experiences, understanding that they are a crucial factor in successful outcomes for our students, greatly increasing the potential for employment.  Launa and her staff provide mentorship, guidance, supervised training and on-going evaluations.  

 Launa’s enthusiasm, energy and belief in our students is infectious and fosters an atmosphere in the workplace and in the community that enhances opportunities for our students to succeed and excel.


Photo of Karen Thompson, Coordinator: Special Education/WorkAbility I; Aaron Andrews, District Representative for Senator Brian Jones, 38th Senate District and Launa Cornell, Director of The Meridian at Lake San Marcos