2017 CLD Outstanding Educators/Teachers of the Year

Three teachers from around the country received the Outstanding Teacher Award 2017. Below is a brief description of each teacher and their roles in special education.


Each year, the Council for Learning Disabilities recognizes outstanding teachers who are CLD members and who consistently provide quality instruction to students with learning disabilities. The Teacher of the Year award recipients selected by local chapters, provide direct services to students.  The CLD 2017 Teacher of the Year Recipients are:


2017 Colorado CLD Teacher of the Year Award Recipient — Clark Stukey

Special Education Department Chair, Chatfield High

Clark is currently a Special Education Department Chair at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colorado.  He has been committed to providing instructional services in a cross-categorical setting, where students with and without learning disabilities have ample opportunities to work and learn together.  In addition, he implements various instructional models (team-teaching, small group instruction, one-to-one instruction, resource level classroom) with his teaching experience.



2017 Texas CLD Teacher of the Year Award Recipient – Jennifer Ozuna

Special Education Teacher, Criswell Elementary

Jennifer is a special education teacher at Criswell Elementary School in Forney, Texas.  She has been committed to educating students for the past 14 years. She currently teaches special education in a K-6 resource classroom.  Jennifer has been awarded campus Teacher of the Year (2012 and 2017), Teacher of the Month (January, 2014) and serves as campus ambassador, training other teachers.




2017 Virginia CLD Teacher of the Year Award Recipient – Janeen Dofflemyer

Special Education Teacher, East Rockingham High

Janeen teaches at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, Virginia, working collaboratively in general education classrooms.  She serves as a clinical faculty mentor and chairs the Student Study Committee. She founded a Girls’ Empowerment Movement (GEMS) club for at-risk 9th grade students.  In addition, she secures grants that fund technology resources for her school.



2016 CLD Outstanding Educators/Teachers of the Year

Lesli Raymond – Texas

Katrina Williams – Virginia

Robert Schaefer – Nevada

Heather Creech – Colorado

2015 CLD Outstanding Educators/Teachers of the Year

Norine Green – Colorado

Araminta Sorrell – Texas

LuAnn Morrow – Virginia

2014 CLD Outstanding Educators/Teachers of the Year

Annemarie Dempsey – Colorado

Blake Sammons-Texas

Nancy Schwab-Virginia

2013 CLD Outstanding Educators/Teachers of the Year
Icaro Mardones – Colorado
Lily Ailabouni – Minnesota
Nicole Park – Texas