Maggie Listhaus joined SAR’s ELC in August as a dedicated nurse for nearly 230 students ages two through five in 2N through Kindergarten, and was off to a running start. “It hasn’t been all boo-boos and ice packs.” Maggie immediately joined the SAR Medical Advisory Team launched at the start of the Covid Pandemic. She implemented all safety and medical-related protocols for the ELC’s reopening, oversees ongoing cooperation and safety, and provides general assessment, intervention and follow-up. She is trained in Covid-19 testing procedures, and is an invaluable counsel to and liaison with ELC administrators, parents, and students. Ensuring the well-being for young children who share toys, sensory tables, playground equipment, and love to hug one another, is particularly challenging. Maggie contributes much thought and guidance on ELC hygiene, protocol, social distancing strategies, and safe medical practice. After graduating nursing school, Maggie worked in the NICU for a year at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and for the next few years worked in a private pediatric office in Manhattan, after which she earned her Master’s as a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP). Most recently, Maggie worked as an FNP in a dermatology group for three years following a derm-residency program there. Maggie and her husband Jason live in the Bronx, and are parents to Liana (age 2), Kailey (Grade 1), and Henry (Grade 3). FOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE HONOREE Q. What is the one insight you have gained from this year that you would like to share? A. The remarkable collaboration between teachers, staff, and parents. As an SAR parent for years, it’s eye-opening now to have an inside perspective and see first-hand how the school operates both internally and with the community during this difficult time. Q. What is one favorite or positive SAR-related memory from these past few months? A. Entering the brand new ELC building on the first day of school, filled with the sounds of happy and healthy children, and seeing all the possibilities for learning and growth. Q. SAR’s theme of the year is “achrayut” in your opinion, what is our responsibility to others during complicated times? A. Our responsibility is to work together to keep everyone safe and school open. Our ELC parents are doing an excellent job, particularly given how challenging it is for little ones to Zoom, distance, and follow all of the safety measures. Q. Who is your hero? why? A. One of my heroes is my grandmother, Marly Koslowe. I have always admired her positive outlook on life, no matter the circumstances. I cherish the time I get to spend with her and the guidance she provides. Her ability to build close relationships with people from all walks of life is truly a sight to behold. Anybody who meets her is left feeling that they have made a friend for life. Her intellect, curiosity and ability to listen, have made her a standard bearer for her family (including all of her great-grandchildren who love her unconditionally).