1st Place: Wendy Thornton
teaches her special ed classes in ways that the students have an opportunity to succeed. They learn tasks
of operating a school-based business and are involved with typical peers in school activities. Her classroom is a teaching model.
Runner-up: Sharon Amie
, a special education teacher, instills confidence and self-esteem in her students, challenging them academically. On her own time, she supports students and colleagues.
Runner-up: Carol Fucci
assures people with disabilities are not treated differently at Dance with Carol studio. And she meets every student at their own level with encouragement.