The Council for Exceptional Children Chapter 108 recently honored 10 students and 10 employees. Student of the Year awards went to Andrew Catalan of Kettering, Martin Elizarrarza of Tucker ACT, Esmeralda Gonzalez of Kettering, Marcus Hughes of Bancroft, Eddie Khoo of Gant, Jonathan Lopez of Lakewood, Alexis Rojas of Hill, and Dondara Son of Hill. The Tom Thebarge Speech and Language grant went to Molly Trinh of Kettering. Receiving the Peggy Stivers Outstanding Senior grant was Priscilla Valencia of Millikan. Students were nominated by their teacher, principal, counselor or other school staff and selected for showing tremendous improvement in the classroom and enriching the lives of all they meet.
The Council’s “Hats Off Awards” for employees went to Terence Booth, counselor at Lindsey; Chris Bynum, campus security officer at Lakewood; Guadalupe Hernandez, school nurse at Lindsey; Maria Leon, librarian at Cleveland; Stephanie Manion, science teacher at Marshall; Elizabeth Martinez, math teacher at Lindsey; Anne Oberjuerge, math curriculum leader; Rebecca Robbins, librarian at Stephens; Ashley Williams, campus security officer at Wilson; and Jeff Wood, principal at Gant. These awards went to people outside the field of Special Education who provide exemplary support to students who have special needs.