Ann Lanoue works tirelessly as the school nurse at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park, NY. The school has more than 700 students and 100 staff members. Ann’s knowledge is matched with a tremendous desire to continually grow, learn, and support everyone at the school. Ann joined the Averill Park Central School District after a long career in nursing at a local hospital. Rare is the day that Ann takes a lunch break. She arrives to school early each day, works tirelessly without ever saying “no” to anyone, and regularly stays after school for several hours each day. Ann has led efforts to secure funding for the high school athletics program and modified athletics at the middle school, which were cut due to budget constraints. Each year, Ann coordinates giving hundreds of Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the community with the support of Kiwanis. Ann also makes sure that no student goes hungry, regularly connecting students and parents with resources to support them in difficult times. Ann has helped so many families that are in either crisis or struggling with what to do next as a result of major, catastrophic illnesses.
Ann was selected as one of the top 10 nurses in the Capital Region and was featured in “Salute to Nurses.”