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TUSD Educators Recognized for Contributions to Exceptional Education

Posted April 30, 2012

The 2011-12 Exceptional Education Awards Ceremony, held Thursday, May, 3, 2012 at Catalina High School Auditorium from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., recognizes professionals in several categories for their contributions to the success of our exceptional education students.

The name of each award-winner will be engraved on plaque to be displayed at the award winner's school or department. The plaque will travel from year to year to the new award-winner's site.

This year's winners are the following outstanding TUSD employees:

"Rising Star" - Stephanie Pederson, Life Skills Alternative to Suspension

This award will be given to a current Exceptional Education teacher who has taught three or fewer years and has demonstrated excellence in the field of special education.

"Golden Apple" - Jane Eddy, Collier Elementary and Natalee Van Gelder, Rincon High
This award will be given to a current Exceptional Education teacher or related service professional who has taught four or more years and has demonstrated excellence in the field of special education.

"Promoting Possibilities" - Joline Riddle, Sewell Elementary
This award will be given to a current Exceptional Education teacher, general education teacher, related service professional, principal and/or assistant principal who has shown a commitment to successfully including students with special needs with their general education peers.

"Community Connection" - Kamryn Becker and Greer Parrish, Itinerant Teachers of the Visually Impaired
This award will be given to an Exceptional Education teacher, related service provider, principal, assistant principal or paraprofessional who through their work has increased TUSD's connection with partners in the Tucson community to support students with special needs.

"Inspiring Instructor" - Cristina Franco-Carrillo, Technology Integration Specialist
This award will be given to an Exceptional Education teacher, related service provider, teacher mentor, principal, assistant principal, director, assistant director, program coordinator or professional development specialist who has demonstrated excellence in providing professional development to Exceptional Education teachers and staff.

"Marion Betsy Bounds Leading Light" - Maritza Nunez, Principal, Howenstine High
This award will be given to a principal, assistant principal, director, assistant director, program coordinator or other administrator who has demonstrated leadership in providing quality educational opportunities to students with special needs.

"Paraprofessional of the Year Award"

This award will be given to a paraprofessional who has demonstrated excellence in supporting students with special needs.
Early Education - Lori Rubinelli, ABLE, Van Buskirk
Elementary - Yolanda "Ivonne" Martinez, Lynn-Urquides
Middle - Belisa Santana, Maxwell K-8
High - Rosalie Hernandez, Tucson High