Four SESI Special Education Teachers Win Esteemed National Award
YARDLEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) is proud to announce that the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has awarded four SESI educators the Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award for 2013–14. This award is bestowed on special education teachers who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement as a teacher in the field of special education throughout the United States. The following four SESI teachers have been recognized with this prestigious award this year.
“SESI’s greatest resource, by far, is our teachers. We couldn’t be more proud that NASET has recognized the remarkable contributions of these four teachers in serving the individual needs of each of their individual students.”
Jonelle Kaitz is a primary special education teacher at the Sierra Academy of Scottsdale, a school that serves students in grades K–12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms due to the challenges posed by various special education classifications, most notably learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Ms. Kaitz’s plentiful gifts as a special education teacher include her ability to find a strategy to motivate each of her students, her innovative use of technical applications in her lesson plans, and her talent for cultivating independence in her students.
Sherrie Noel is a high school teacher at the Sierra School of Butte County, which serves K–12+ students with a wide range of special education eligibilities, primarily emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. Ms. Noel has a stellar reputation for being a teacher who takes untraditional approaches to education in order to bring out the best in her students; and everyone on campus—students and staff alike—agree that she enthusiastically goes above and beyond the call of duty, inspiring others to do the same.
Jon Falk is a special education teacher at the High Road School of Baltimore County, serving students in grades 2–12 with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and a variety of multiple disabilities. Mr. Falk’s dedication is evidenced at the start of each workday, which begins far earlier than it would have to because he voluntarily drives a van to pick up four students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the High Road School. He literally goes the extra mile for his students and is always willing to do so in myriad ways.
Rebecca DeWoody is a special education teacher at Rivers Bend Academy in Suffolk, VA; an autism-specific school that specializes in teaching students aged 2–21 on the spectrum. Particularly attuned to the instructional approaches and methodologies proven most effective with autistic populations, Ms. DeWoody focuses on small steps in her students’ progress. Given the severity of many of the students’ disabilities, these seemingly minor advancements are often major breakthroughs that help propel her students along a positive path toward greater sociability and self-sufficiency.
SESI President and CEO Michael Kaufman, Ph.D., says, “SESI’s greatest resource, by far, is our teachers. We couldn’t be more proud that NASET has recognized the remarkable contributions of these four teachers in serving the individual needs of each of their individual students.”
About Specialized Education Services, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) has been partnering with school districts and educational organizations across the country to provide services to special and alternative education students presenting with intensive needs, including autism; emotional, social, and learning disabilities; and the most challenging at-risk behavior issues. SESI, which currently serves 12 states and the District of Columbia with 55+ schools/programs, has developed proven methods to successfully teach students with learning and social-emotional challenges, as well as those whose behavior puts them at risk, while tailoring its services to each local education provider’s unique and specific needs. For more information, visit www.sesi-schools.com.