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