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Congratulations to educators from around the country who have been selected as an Outstanding Possibilities in Action Partners. Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the "Possibilities in Action" Partners Program seeks to help school psychologists promote children’s success in school and life. Specifically we seek to highlight the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child and improve collaboration by honoring individual members within the school community who, either through their own efforts or by encouraging the efforts of others, make an exceptional difference in the education, development, and overall well-being of students and their families.

Name: Keela Lupton
Grade: 4th Grade Teacher - Samuel Tucker Elementary School
School: Alexandria City Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Virginia Larsen and the Staff at Samuel Tucker Elementary School
Year: 2013
Role model, Mentor, Collaborator, and Cheerleader. Keela captivates and inspires her class, while commanding their respect. Keela is masterful at creating sustainable and appropriate routines that build children's trust and confidence. She genuinely and humbly shares her expertise with colleagues. Though she is highly knowledgeable and skilled, her strength lies in her desire to continue to learn.
Name: Deborah Dunmore
Grade:
School:
State: VA
Nominated By: Andrew Intagliata
Year: 2013
Deborah goes out of her way to meet the needs of her students.
Name: Daniel Barnes
Grade: Teaching Assistant
School: Bedford Central School District
State: NY
Nominated By: Dr. Peter Faustino
Year: 2013
Dan Barnes is an extraordinary Teaching Assistant. For the past 7 years, he has consistently recognized the strengths in our students with severe autism. He consistently sets individual goals for students, modifies instructional materials to the student’s ability level and celebrates small successes in all of the students within the SAIL III program. Dan also models engagement, caring, and respect, as well as helps to make Fox Lane Middle school a positive place to work and to learn.
Name: Shereima Smith
Grade: Special Educator
School: Howard County
State: MD
Nominated By: Keren Kreitzer
Year: 2013
Poverty, abuse, trauma, and a dysfunctional family life are just a few of the stressors that our students face at a young age. However, when the students enter our building, Mrs. Smith ensures safety, security, and stability. She believes in her students. Mrs. Smith treats her students with respect and dignity. Her incredible sincerity and passion for teaching our students with emotional and learning disabilities is a gift to our school and community. We need more teachers like Mrs. Smith.
Name: Stand4KidsNM
Grade: Grassroots Organization
School: Statewide Representation
State: NM
Nominated By: Elesha Fetrow
Year: 2013
Stand4Kids NM is a grassroots formed by 4 parents as a response to the roll out of student testing and teacher evaluations. The group have organized a rally, begun a petition, and started online community building around the notions of protecting our valuable resources – students and teachers. They embody the idea that big changes can come from small voices.
Name: Emily Vaughn
Grade: Principal
School: CMCSS
State: TN
Nominated By: Dr. Patti Wilson
Year: 2013
Emily is an innovative leader, working tirelessly to maximize the potential of teamwork and increase student success. She developed P.R.I.D.E (positivity, respect, integrity, determination, excellence), a program utilized to recognize staff and students for living our school’s mission. She is an agent of change -- she is the first in the district to fully integrate the RTI model! In an atmosphere where we are truly "all in," you can be sure Ms. Vaughn is out front, fearlessly leading the way!
Name: Scott Reynolds
Grade: Chief Student Support Services Officer
School: Washoe County School District
State: NV
Nominated By: Renee Kadlubek, Ph.D., J.D.
Year: 2013
Scott Reynolds has dedicated the last 30 years of his life to improve the lives of children. His professional roles and titles have changed over the years, but his goal has always been to increase positive outcomes for children. Mr. Reynolds has been one of Nevada's strongest advocates for school psychologists, prevention/intervention, mental health, autism, and education. Mr. Reynolds is a man of great integrity, and his outstanding work has inspired many of us to do the same.
Name: Lisa Bartoli
Grade: School Counselor
School: Washoe County School District
State: NV
Nominated By: Renee Kadlubek, Ph.D., J.D.
Year: 2013
I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Ms. Bartoli in the Washoe County School District. She helps collaborate with students and adults to address the needs of our students. Ms. Bartoli has successfully secured funding to assist with her ongoing efforts to improve social emotional learning for the students at our school. She has systematically taken data to show that her efforts have shown positive and statistically significant outcomes for our students.
Name: Kimberly Blackstone
Grade: Administrative Secretary
School: Westside Union School District
State: CA
Nominated By: Jeanice Peterson, M.S., NCSP Jennifer Nicholson, M.S., L.E.P. Mario Almazan, M.A., Ed.S. Katherine De La Torre, M.S. George Collucci, M.S., Psy.D. Glen Egbert, M.A., L.E.P.
Year: 2013
Kimberly Blackstone has been the absolutely definition of someone who has a remarkable work ethic, unwavering values, and provides outstanding support to everyone with whom she comes in contact. Working with families with a special needs child requires patience, compassion, and a loving heart, all qualities Kimberly exudes seemingly effortlessly.
Name: Scott Brewer
Grade: Principal
School: Westside Union School District
State: CA
Nominated By: Jeanice Peterson, M.S., NCSP Jennifer Nicholson, M.S., L.E.P. Mario Almazan, M.A., Ed.S. Katherine De La Torre, M.S. George Collucci, M.S., Psy.D. Glen Egbert, M.A., L.E.P.
Year: 2013
Scott Brewer is an exceptional student education advocate who effectively works with special education and general education teachers to help ensure students receive the most appropriate learning experience within the most optimal learning setting available. He is an excellent example of someone who goes above and beyond to make sure all students are included. In addition Scott provides extra time and support to teachers.
Name: Deana Abrams
Grade: Health Teacher and PBIS Coach
School: Howard County
State: MD
Nominated By: Stephanie E. Livesay
Year: 2012
Deanna Abrams is an outstanding teacher and PBIS Coach. As a teacher she makes significant connections with students and makes sure their needs are always met. She is willing to collaborate with any staff member for the joint purpose of improving students' well-being academically, behaviorally, physically, or emotionally. She truly is a student advocate!
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School:
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Year: 2012
It depends on what balance means to you, because it’s not always going to be 50-50. It’s more tradeoff, and those tradeoffs don’t have to be long-term. Sometimes you’re going to be doing things for work that are going to prevent you from doing some of the family and life things that you’d like to do. Other times you’ll be able to say “I’m giving the family 100 percent.” It’s good to be able to decide, on a case-by-case basis, how you’re going to do that. Part of work-life balance is setting.
Name: Deana Abrams
Grade: Health Teacher and PBIS Coach
School: Howard County
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Stephanie E. Livesay
Year: 2012
Name: Allison Pastine
Grade: School Counselor
School: Anne Arundel County
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Selina Bankert
Year: 2012
Ms. Pastine was an essential leader in the Cougar Care Week initiative at Chesapeake High School. Her leadership efforts resulted in the design and implementation of multiple activities promoting school connectedness, healthy choices, suicide awareness and prevention, resiliency, and acceptance. The activities building up to the week, the individual activities, and the culminating week were huge successes and have resulted in a commitment by Chesapeake High School to continue the Cougar Care Project.
Name: Dr. John Mackiel
Grade: Superintendent
School: Omaha Public Schools
State: Nebraska
Nominated By: OPS School Psychologists
Year: 2012
We honor Dr. John Mackiel for his service to ALL the children of our school district. His determination and dedicated efforts have contributed to the academic success and well-being of all students in the Omaha Public Schools
Name: Debra Rust
Grade: Lead Special Education Teacher
School: Midfield City Schools
State: Alabama
Nominated By: Margaret Folsom Humphreys, Ed.S., NCSP
Year: 2012
Debra Rust exemplifies the
Name: Tara Nichols
Grade: ESAP Coordinator
School: Titusville Area School District
State: PA
Nominated By: TASD
Year: 2012
Tara is an amazing example of efficiency blended with prioritizing and truly caring for the student population in the Titusville Area School District. She is able to evaluate student needs and tend to them, always reaching all of them at some level in a timely manner. Tara treats kids with such dignity and empathy. She works tirelessly to enable children and families to have a positive educational experience. She goes out of her way to make sure all kids reach their potential and she advocates for families in all areas to strengthen them and provide them resources.
Name: Florence Ferraro
Grade: Social Worker
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: Virginia
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs & Walena Gardizi
Year: 2011
Name: Ian Brodie
Grade: Counselor
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs & Walena Gardizi
Year: 2011
Name: Mary Bresser
Grade: Director of Student Services
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs & Walena Gardizi
Year: 2011
Name: Kate George
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: Virginia
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs
Year: 2011
Name: Jenifer Celko
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: Virginia
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs
Year: 2011
Name: Lynn Carrera
Grade: Counselor
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: Virginia
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs
Year: 2011
Name: Amy Soos
Grade: Assessment Coach
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs
Year: 2011
Name: Tim Pitkewicz
Grade: Counselor
School: Fairfax County Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Jeremy Burroughs
Year: 2011
Name: Jeanne Russo
Grade: School Social Worker, WLTA Union President
School: Windsor Locks Public Schools
State: CT
Nominated By: Amy Underhill and Sue Jameson
Year: 2011
Jeanne is an all-around amazing individual. The level of involvement she has in our district as a social worker is admirable, and she seems to be everywhere at once. She demonstrates the flexibility of thinking and habit to be able to adapt to even the most significant changes. She has been described by colleagues as approachable, fun and deeply caring for each and every student. She is an integral part of the Windsor Locks community, and active in advocacy for the field of education. She is a skilled counselor, an excellent problem-solver, and maintains the highest levels of organization, follow through and integrity. Any task that Jeanne is given, no matter how big or small, she embraces with an energy and enthusiasm that is to be modeled.
Name: Deb Donahue
Grade: Guidance Secretary
School: Windsor Locks Public School
State: CT
Nominated By: Craig Perez
Year: 2011
Mrs. Donahue is a very hard worker clearly dedicated to the students of Windsor Locks High School. She deserves to be recognized for her effort and contributions. No matter how loarge the project, she gives it her all; often not even having the opportunity to see or enjoy the achievements, such as the many college fairs and field trips she helps organize. She also has an amazing, perky personality and a warming smile that, even if she is having a stressful day, makes anyone walking into guidance feel comfortable and welcome. Thank you Mrs. Donahue!
Name: Kim Griest
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Donegal School District
State: Pennsylvania
Nominated By: Lesley Kubisiak
Year: 2011
Name: Alisha Garrity
Grade: Social Studies Department
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Joshua Robinson
Year: 2011
As part of our Social Studies department, Alisha has done an amazing job since the start of her first year collaborating during PLC time to analyze students’ work, discuss effective teaching strategies to improve student instruction, develop scaffolds to support struggling learners, and use data to drive all of her instruction decisions. Alisha deserves recognition for all of her hard work and focus on student achievement. Students have already begun to make improvements in persuasive writing and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to class. It’s been great to see the SS department collaborate to improve their craft offering and accepting critical feedback. Alisha, thank you for all that you do for our students. We are the Locks!
Name: Jason Qua
Grade: Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Joshua Robinson
Year: 2011
As part of our Social Studies department, Jason has done an amazing job over this last year collaborating during PLC time to analyze students’ work, discuss effective teaching strategies to improve student instruction, develop scaffolds to support struggling learners, and use data to drive all of his instruction decisions. Jason deserves recognition for all of her hard work and focus on student achievement. Students have already begun to make improvements in persuasive writing and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to class. It’s been great to see the SS department collaborate to improve their craft offering and accepting critical feedback. Jason, thank you for all that you do for our students. We are the Locks!
Name: Joshua Laforge
Grade: Social Studies Department
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Joshua Robinson
Year: 2011
As part of our Social Studies department, Josh has done an amazing job over this last year collaborating during PLC time to analyze students’ work, discuss effective teaching strategies to improve student instruction, develop scaffolds to support struggling learners, and use data to drive all of his instruction decisions. Josh deserves recognition for all of his hard work and focus on student achievement. Students have already begun to make improvements in persuasive writing and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to class. It’s been great to see the SS department collaborate to improve their craft offering and accepting critical feedback. Josh, thank you for all that you do for our students. We are the Locks!
Name: Barbara Niziolek
Grade: Social Studies Department
School: Windsor Locks Public Schools
State: CT
Nominated By: Joshua Robinson
Year: 2011
As part of our Social Studies department, Barbara has done an amazing job over this last year collaborating during PLC time to analyze students’ work, discuss effective teaching strategies to improve student instruction, develop scaffolds to support struggling learners, and use data to drive all of her instruction decisions. Barb deserves recognition for all of her hard work and focus on student achievement. Students have already begun to make improvements in persuasive writing and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to class. It’s been great to see the SS department collaborate to improve their craft offering and accepting critical feedback. Barbara, thank you for all that you do for our students. We are the Locks!
Name: Reynolds Onderdonk
Grade: Social Studies Teacher
School: Windsor Locks Public Schools
State: CT
Nominated By: Kris Schumacher
Year: 2011
Reynolds Onderdonk cares deeply about his students.  He masterfully uses positive reinforcement to meet the academic and emotional needs of all of his pupils—he lets his students know that he cares about them every single period of every single day.  He is also gifted utilizing differentiation techniques.  Students in Reynolds’s class receive lessons that are individually tailored to their learning needs on a daily basis.  I am lucky and proud to have Reynolds serve as a model for me to mold my teaching practice.  Reynolds has also been a part of the fantastic PLC team working to improve student learning through data-driven decision making and continued professional collaboration.
Name: Dan Copes
Grade: Social Studies Dept
School: Windsor Locks Public Schools
State: CT
Nominated By: Josh Robinson
Year: 2011
Dan Copes has done an amazing job over this last year collaborating during PLC time to analyze students’ work, discuss effective teaching strategies to improve student instruction, develop scaffolds to support struggling learners, and use data to drive all of his instruction decisions. Dan deserves recognition for all of his hard work and focus on student achievement. Students have already begun to make improvements in persuasive writing and gain confidence in their ability to contribute to class. It’s been great to see the SS department collaborate to improve their craft, offering and accepting critical feedback. Dan, thank you for all that you do for our students. We are the Locks!
Name: Kathy Keane
Grade: Math / ELA Teacher
School: Marlboro Central School District
State: New York
Nominated By: Thomas Kulaga, NCSP
Year: 2011
Kathy is an amazing Mathematics and English Language Arts teacher who is loved by students and staff. Kathy always looks for possibilities in her students. Her enthusiasm, professionalism, commitment, and thankfulness are inspiring.
Name: Darrell Vincek
Grade: Principal, Willard Bowman Elementary School
School: Anchorage School District
State: Alaska
Nominated By: Deb Ward
Year: 2011
Darrell has demonstrated a long-term commitment to advocacy on behalf of individual students and school programs that serve children with special needs. He connects personally with students and families and every morning, as he greets children outside of the building when they arrive for school. The complexity of Bowman Elementary requires Darrell to administer four distinct programs, and he is committed to and supportive of every aspect of the Bowman learning community.
Name: Kenya Moore-Kerr
Grade: Assistant Principal
School: Wake County School
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Kenya works hard each school day to make sure students are successful. She promotes our staff to recognize cultural diversity and is working with Student Support Service to build our capacity for responding to struggling learners. She is all over the building and always has a smile to offer others when challenges arise. You make a positive difference in children's lives.
Name: Kenya Moore-Kerr
Grade: Assistant Principal
School: Wake County School
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Kenya works hard each school day to make sure students are successful. She promotes our staff to recognize cultural diversity and is working with Student Support Service to build our capacity for responding to struggling learners. She is all over the building and always has a smile to offer others when challenges arise. You make a positive difference in children's lives.
Name: Jeannette Goins
Grade: Teacher/SST Coordinator
School: Wake County Schools
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Ms. Goins is part of the glue that keeps Carroll Middle School together. She is open to new ideas and is welcoming to all who enter her class. She has a calming effect on students and staff. She is always willing to pitch in to help students become successful. You make a difference, Jeannette!
Name: Jeannette Goins
Grade: Teacher/SST Coordinator
School: Wake County Schools
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Ms. Goins is part of the glue that keeps Carroll Middle School together. She is open to new ideas and is welcoming to all who enter her class. She has a calming effect on students and staff. She is always willing to pitch in to help students become successful. You make a difference, Jeannette!
Name: Jenifer Simone
Grade: School Nurse
School: Wake County Schools
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Jen is our totally awesome School Nurse whose personality is uniquely matched to work with middle school students. Thank you Jen for always being there for students and staff that have questions. Thank you for supporting students at Carroll Middle School with medical concerns that often extend to other areas of life. You make a difference in our school!
Name: Donnell McLean
Grade: Assistant Principal
School: Wake County Schools
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Year: 2011
Mr. McLean hit the ground running upon entering Carroll Middle School this past summer. His energy for student success is contagious. Since school began he has worked to bring a mentoring program for boys to build leadership skills, been instrumental in starting after-school clubs, overseen the 8th graders, and collaborated with Student Support Services at CMS to help our students be successful, both academically and emotionally. Thank you, Mr. McLean for fostering exceptionally great Carroll Middle School students.
Name: Mindy Pellegata
Grade: School Psychologist
School: Imlay City Community Schools
State: Michigan
Nominated By: Heather Lackey
Year: 2011
Mindy is our industrious psychologist that services three school districts: Almont, Dryden, and Imlay City Community Schools. Despite her hectic schedule, Mindy is committed to work with school teams to improve achievement of all students by working to improve assessments and interventions to prevent learning and behavior problems. She is the ultimate team player and advocate for best practices. Mindy is dedicated to the belief that ALL children can learn.
Name: Jennifer Kortge
Grade: School Social Worker
School: Imlay City Community Schools
State: Michigan
Nominated By: Heather Lackey
Year: 2011
Jennifer is our tireless social worker that services three school districts: Almont, Dryden, and Imlay City Community Schools. Despite an obvious hectic schedule and busy caseload, she has committed to working hard to help implement peer support programs in her districts. By helping to demystify disabilities, Jennifer opens the eyes and hearts of non-disabled students who become helpers and eventually friends with our students with challenges. Jennifer helps students to see all kids as “just kids” like everyone else, who deserve respect and friendship.
Name: Shannon Steenhoek, MA
Grade: School Social Worker
School: Cherry Creek School District
State: Colorado
Nominated By: Erika Joye, PhD, NCSP
Year: 2011
Shannon Steenhoek is the best colleague and friend I could ask for. She goes above and beyond to ensure that each student and family has access to social and emotional education at Village East Elementary. She builds relationships with students and families through home visits, newsletters, classroom intervention, one-on-one counseling, small group intervention, experiential learning, assessment, and many other ways. I have learned so much from working with her. I want to express my deepest gratitude to Ms. Steenhoek.
Name: Julia Ogg
Grade: Ph.D. Professor
School: University of South Florida
State: FL
Nominated By: Sarah Fefer
Year: 2011
Dr. Ogg is an excellent teacher and mentor and her research contributes to the promotion of positive student outcomes. She collaborates with schools and the medical community to promote success for all students.
Name: Kathy Millin
Grade: Director
School: CCSD 15
State: IL
Nominated By: Karlee Quaritsch
Year: 2011
Kathy Millin is the director of the Palatine Opportunity Center in Palatine, IL. She works closely with both the elementary school district and the high school to promote positive outcomes for students, families, and the community. From early childhood services, after school care programs and tutoring, adult education, community involvement to youth and family counseling, the POC embodies the idea that every link matters. It is because of the work done by the POC that students can go to school feeling safe, cared for, and part of a supportive community.
Name: Donna Talerico
Grade: Assistant Superintendent
School: Monongalia County Schools
State: West Virginia
Nominated By: Stephanie Oberly
Year: 2011
Ms. Talerico is administrator for all support services. Under her leadership our school psychology department has almost doubled. Ms. Talerico also has made sure that we have the training and resources needed to perform our varied responsibilities and meet the needs of our diverse student population. Mental health and general health resources, as well as academic resources, are of the utmost importance in her administration.
Name: Karen Hedges
Grade: Counselor/Morgantown High School
School: Monongalia County Schools
State: West Virginia
Nominated By: Stephanie Oberly
Year: 2011
Karent Hedges has been instrumental in establishing the Freshmen Academy at Morgantown High School. Through her tireless efforts, the individual needs of students are recognized in order to identify and access resources that these students need. Personal connections are established among students, their teachers, and their families to promote their high school success.
Name: Ardella Mack
Grade: Principal
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Mrs. Mack is dedicated to helping her school improve so that all students grow academically and behaviorally. She works well with Special Services and community mental health agencies to help students with behavioral challenges receive the interventions and supports they require to be successful.
Name: Evelyn Decker
Grade: Special Education Teacher/Case Manager
School: Anne Arundel County Public Schools
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Heather Gallagher
Ms. Decker is an excellent case manager for students that receive special education services. She places an emphasis on meeting students at their current level of achievement and sees the importance of building a positive relationship with each student. Ms. Decker consistently completes IEPs in a thorough and timely manner. She consults on a regular basis about students’ individual needs, gathers current information, and remains in frequent contact with parents. She supports students’ academic needs and builds in “scaffolding” for them to move forward toward their goals.
Name: Mia Robinson
Grade: Assistant Principal
School: Cherry Creek School District
State: Colorado
Nominated By: Erika Joye
Ms. Robinson is an administrator who is devoted to creating a positive environment within the school and promoting mental health for all students. She co-facilitates a girl's leadership group with the psychologist and social worker. She provides a nurturing and supportive environment for all students and faculty. We are very grateful to have Ms. Robinson at Village East Elementary.
Name: Stacey Tapper
Grade: Special Educacation Teacher
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Stacey is very skilled and creative in her methods of helping each student exhibit his or her best qualities. Her knowledge of behavior intervention facilitates positive outcomes for her students. Her willingness to help her peers address the behavioral needs of their students is exemplary.
Name: Amber Wadsworth
Grade: Speech Pathologist
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Amber uses her knowledge of behavior intervention to help her students improve in their communication as well as their behavior. She serves as a resource to her peers in providing the necessary supports to the children she serves.
Name: Jenna Escudero
Grade: Special Services Director
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Jenna works tirelessly as an advocate for the children she serves. She seeks out federal and state resources needed to implement the necessary programs and to provide quality services to her students. She serves as a mentor to and constant supporter of her staff.
Name: Sharon Davis
Grade: Behavior Specialist
School: Forrest County
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole
Mrs. Davis works in a day treatment classroom. She is dedicated and creative in her methods of achieving behavior change in her students and serves as an advocate for these students as they reintegrate into their regular placement.
Name: Karen Vines
Grade: Assistant Principal
School: Forrest County
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole
Mrs. Vines is the driving force behind the PBIS efforts within her school. She interacts positively with both her students and staff, supporting and encouraging both.
Name: Angela Lancaster
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Forrest County
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole
Mrs. Lancaster has been particularly instrumental in supporting students who are reintegrating from alternative placements. She is always willing to help her students and their families in any way that she can. She can always be counted on to exhibit a positive attitude!
Name: Stacey Sweeney
Grade: 4th Grade Teacher
School: Cherry Creek School District
State: Colorado
Nominated By: Erika joye
Ms. Sweeney is a teacher who goes above and beyond to create a caring community in her classroom. She starts each day in her classroom with a community meeting including music, sharing of feelings, and a celebration of diversity. She has incredible relationships with parents, teachers, administrators, and children. It is a gift to work with Ms. Sweeney every day.
Name: Teri Cramer
Grade: Teacher
School: Anne Arundel County
State: MD
Nominated By: Marie Corriveau
Mrs. Cramer collaborates closely to support the mental health of particular students. She is a dedicated and caring teacher with high expectations for her students. She fosters and builds characteristics of empathy and self-efficacy in her students, which enables them to treat others with respect and empowers them to reach their goals.
Name: Beth Hopkins
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole
Beth is dedicated to helping her Day Treatment students grow behaviorally and academically. She builds positive relationships with these children and their families, working hard to link them with the supports they require. She is willing to do what it takes to help her Day Treatment students overcome academic deficits, so that they can achieve in their regular classroom.
Name: Amy Lee
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Amy has time after time been able to overcome obstacles that in the past have prevented her students from achieving academic success. She inspires her students to continue achieving!
Name: Dana Smith
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Dana's work with her students who have severe cognitive impairments has repeatedly amazed her colleagues. She helps foster positive relationships with these students and strives to improve their social and behavioral abilities.
Name: Kelly Lambert
Grade: Principal
School: Forrest County School District
State: MS
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole & Chami Kane
Mr. Lambert has been a pivotal force behind PBS in his school. He is supportive of his teachers while also working with parents to help his students reach success.
Name: Gabe Engel
Grade: Elementary Principal
School: Western Beaver County
State: PA
Nominated By: Eric Palmer
Gabe brings high energy and great ideas everyday.
Name: Tanya Sanders
Grade: Secretary
School: Wake County Public Schools
State: North Carolina
Nominated By: Ashlee Taylor
“East Wake Guidance,” is how you’ll hear her answer the phone every time it rings. Ms. Tanya Sanders is the guidance secretary for the four small schools of East Wake High School and is a prime example of caring, respect, & engagement. She responds to student & staff requests quickly. She recognizes the needs of students & seeks the appropriate resources they need. She is a trusted adult whom students seek as she shows interest in their school and outside lives. She helps make EWHS a positive place to work & learn!
Name: Donna Stephens
Grade: Executive Director, Hospice
School:
State: Alaska
Nominated By: Joan Bohmann, Deb Ward & Mary DuHoux
Donna Stephens started the Forget-Me-Not program to address the needs of children who are grieving. She has been instrumental in reaching out to support children in need. She also has helped to train many school psychologists and others in the community to work with children and grief issues.
Name: Pam Smith
Grade: Exceptional Children's Resource Teacher
School: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
State: North Carolina
Nominated By: Cotswold Elementary School
Mrs. Smith assisted another staff member whose son is stationed in South Korea. The staff member was having a "mother moment" in which she had not heard from her son for an extended period. Mrs. Smith contacted a family member who was able to assist.
Name: Gina Glover
Grade: SLP
School: Fort Worth ISD
State: Texas
Nominated By: Dr. Laura Sanders
Ms. Glover is an outstanding contributor to the lives of students served through special education in this district. Through her work with newly trained SLPs and her dedication to her own school, Ms. Glover does all that she can to ensure that each child reaches his or her potential and is served ethically and appropriately. As a member of this team, I am grateful for her hard work, dedication, and support.
Name: Misty Collier
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Fort Worth ISD
State: Texas
Nominated By: Dr. Laura Sanders
In working with Misty over the past year, I have noticed that she is a tireless advocate for the rights of special education students. I would like to recognize this work and commend her on her dedication.
Name: Stephanie Lawrence
Grade: Teacher
School: Anne Arundel County Public Schools
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Heather Gallagher
Ms. Lawrence is an outstanding teacher. She builds relationships with students and modifies instructional materials to students' ability level. Ms. Lawrence engages in regular communication with parents. Numerous parents have expressed their gratitude for her concern regarding their child's needs. She also collaborates with support personnel and demonstrates compassion for her students' academic, social, and emotional well being. Ms. Lawrence recognizes the individual needs of students and encourages students to meet challenges.
Name: Julia Sutherland
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Forrest County
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Lauren Harpole
Mrs. Sutherland teaches students in a day treatment classroom. She works tirelessly to help her student's achieve academic and behavioral growth and serves as a constant supporter and advocate for these students and their families.
Name: Heather Gigliotti
Grade: Learning Specialist
School: Berkley School District
State: Michigan
Nominated By: Heather Lackey
Heather Gigliotti is a model champion for kids. She is working hard not only to further her knowledge about best practices in student achievement, but she is actively engaging in discussion with other “departments” – special education, administration, etc. Despite the bumps in the road while creating a better Berkley learning environment for ALL kids, Heather moves forward. She has the ability to look through the eyes of our students when making critical intervention decisions.
Name: Dana Smith
Grade: School Counselor
School: Anne Arundel County Public Schools
State: Maryland
Nominated By:
Name: Amy Clarke
Grade: Teacher
School: Anne Arundel County Public Schools
State: Maryland
Nominated By:
Name: Cheryl Lindley
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Special School District-Rockwood
State: Missouri
Nominated By: Casie Blount
This teacher works collaboratively with other educators to ensure that all students make progress and are happy and learning at school. She is extremely caring and dedicated to the students and families she works with.
Name: Kathleen Sterns
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Special School District-Rockwood
State: Missouri
Nominated By: Casie Blount
This teacher works collaboratively with other educators to ensure that all students make progress and are happy and learning at school. She is extremely caring and dedicated to the students and families she works with.
Name: Juliet Schoemehl
Grade: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Rockwood School District
State: Missouri
Nominated By: Casie Blount
Julie is an amazing teacher,she is relentless in finding out what works for every child in her class. The students in her class learn not only their "ABC's" but how to function in a school and be a good friend. She is constantly going the extra mile to make sure every child in her class is successful socially and academically. The best part is that you never see her sweat!
Name: Stephanie Lombardo
Grade: General Education Teacher
School: Rockwood School District
State: Missouri
Nominated By: Casie Blount
Stephanie is an amazing teacher, she cares so deeply for every child in her class regardless of their behavior or successes. She is not afraid to seek out and find new and worthwhile interventions that are specific to each child. She truly understands that children learn at their own pace and in their own way, and she figures out how to create and measure successes for the kids in her class. She is not only dedicated to her class, but she goes the extra mile to help other teachers in her building find success. She never gives up on a child!
Name: Dr. Treesomia Walker
Grade: Coordinator of Educational Initiatives
School: Lamar County School System
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Student Services Department
Dr. Walker has been instrumental in beginning an alternative program for middle school and high school students. This program incorporates computer-based instruction, small-group counseling, service learning, job shadowing, and individual assistance. Last school year several students were able to graduate who would have been drop-outs without this program. Dr. Walker is an inspiration to others in the school system and community.
Name: April Smith
Grade: Director, EP Roberts Center
School: Lamar County
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Student Services Department
Ms. Smith is the director of a community center. She manages an after-school program and summer program. In addition, she helps to organize many community events throughout the year. Some of the recent community events include the following: Lights on After School, Back to School Bash, Community Organizing Discussions, Parenting Classes, and AIDS Awareness. Ms. Smith volunteers the use of the EP Roberts Center to community organizations, church groups, and government agencies. Ms. Smith always goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure Lamar County youth have the best possible opportunities.
Name: Jack Lindsey, Ph.D.
Grade: School Psychologist
School: Denver Public Schools
State: Colorado
Nominated By: Kerri Rothanzl
Jack Lindsey has made significant contributions to the field of school psychology both through his work at the state/district level and with individual students. His expertise and support as a supervisor is invaluable to my training as a future school psychologist.
Name: Lavon Barrett
Grade: Secretary
School: Wake County Public Schools
State: North Carolina
Nominated By: Ashlee Taylor
Four schools! One Spirit! Warrior Pride! It started with this mantra on afternoon announcements. It soon became a school wide effort to increase school spirit. Ms. Barrett & Ms. Murray took the bull by the horns and helped our school find their spirit. She often wears her EWHS gear & encourages others to do the same. She creates displays that emphasize all the activities at EWHS allowing staff to see ways to further support their students. She is available to students & models caring, engagement, & respect. She highlights our school’s success. She helps make EWHS a positive place to work & learn
Name: Lynne Murray
Grade: Secretary
School: Wake County Public Schools
State: North Carolina
Nominated By: Ashlee Taylor
Four schools! One Spirit! Warrior Pride! It started with this mantra on afternoon announcements. It soon became a school wide effort to increase school spirit. Ms. Murray & Ms. Barrett took the bull by the horns & helped our school find their spirit. She wears her EWHS gear & encourages others to do the same. She helps students get to class promptly after coming in on a late bus or a doctor’s appointment. She helps direct parents to the personnel they need to help their student. She is available to students & models caring, engagement, & respect. She helps make EWHS a positive place to work & learn
Name: Steve Wellendorf
Grade: High School Principal
School: Western Beaver County School District
State: PA
Nominated By: Eric Palmer
Steve's flexibility, creativity, and leadership has helped meet the individual needs of many students.
Name: Randy Clutts
Grade: Physical Education Teacher
School: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
State: North Carolina
Nominated By: Cotswold Elementary School
Mr. Clutts planned, organized, and coordinated an afterschool event for students, family, and staff. The event was to promote health, socialization, and just plain fun.
Name: Tara Bowers
Grade: School Counselor
School: Charlotte Mecklenburg
State: NC
Nominated By: Randy Clutts
Ms. Bowers' professionalism with staff, students, and parents is above and beyond. As a new staff member, she is very knowledgeable of all the children at Cotswold. When asked for suggestions, Ms. Bowers gives very practical suggestions. Parents are seeking her out for assistance in parenting. She is making a difference in the students' lives.
Name: Barbara Helm
Grade: Esceptional Children's Resource Teacher
School: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
State: NC
Nominated By: Pam Smith
Ms. Helm "goes to the summit to help students and staff". Her knowledge and exertise of working with students with learning differences provides the staff and parents a valuable resource. She is a teacher for both students and staff. The faculty frequently seeks her out for assistance for students in the general education classroom.
Name: Barbara Clarke
Grade: Special Education Teacher
School: Cherry Hill
State: NJ
Nominated By: Terry Molony
Barbara is an extraordinary teacher who works hard to reach every student. She finds ways to motivate students so they become engaged in lessons that are difficult. Parents of her students often shed tears of joy at how she has profoundly affected their lives by teaching them to read.