Former student crowned Miss Amazing NY 2016!

Titleholder on Autism Spectrum will advocate for all differently-abled children

10193327_1459051027.0806NEW YORK, NY – Former The Engaging Educator student Kristina Paravalos has been crowned Queen of the Miss Amazing NY 2016 Pageant in the Pre-Teen category. Kristina was first diagnosed with Speech & Language Disorder, which months later expanded into PDD-NOS “borderline Asperger” on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (now called Social Pragmatic Language Disorder). The mission of Miss Amazing is “to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.” Participants

“I was looking for something to help Kristina’s self esteem, public speaking, and confidence,” says Jessica Paravalos, Kristina’s mother. “Miss Amazing came to mind to nurture Kristina. They provide an atmosphere of support and encouragement, as well as a buddy system to help the girls to socialize.”

The Paravalos family was introduced to The Engaging Educator’s work at Queens Museum during a team building improv exercise for Empower Parents, and Kristina participated in an improv pilot class for children on the autism spectrum. Over the course of two weeks, six students on the spectrum and their families took a one-hour improv class centered on the Neustadt Collection at Queens Museum. Find out more about The Engaging Educator’s programming in support of the social and communication goals of children on the spectrum here:

Her first public appearance was at Christ Tabernacle’s Easter Eggstravaganza, an event for children with special needs. To schedule an appearance with Kristina, please send an email. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the Paravalos family in sending Kristina to the Miss Amazing Nationals in Chicago. To find out more about the Miss Amazing Pageant, visit