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As we enter our 100th year of leading special education, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is recognizing exceptional educators from around the world who have shown a passion, dedication, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the students who they teach. Hear from teachers about their personal experiences working in the field, and get inspired to make your own impact this year.
 

Dr. Sasha Scott

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September 23, 2021
Dr. Sasha Scott has an EDD in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.  Dr. Scott was in first grade when she was exposed to a peer who received special education services in the self-contained setting. Outside looking in people saw a helmet, drool, bib, and a nonverbal child. To Sasha, she saw a friend lit up the room with a smile. Sasha’s first-grade teacher always said she would become a special education teacher. And she was right. Dr. Scott continued working with students with disabilities in high school in the classroom. Read more >
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Sasha Anderson

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September 20, 2021
I am new to the role of special education consulting teacher this school year. Prior to this position, I taught a high school Life Skills program for students with intellectual disabilities. I have a dual certification in elementary education and special education, K-21, and am currently working towards a M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have a passion for teaching and facilitating the development of independence. Read more >
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Anna Brown

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September 16, 2021
This year, Anna is working in an adaptive curriculum classroom serving students between kindergarten and 5th grade. Her ultimate goal is to transition into school psychology. Her path to the special education classroom includes being a PETAC grant recipient and training in the Orton-Gillingham reading program. Anna holds a Master’s degree in teaching special education from North Carolina A&T and currently educates youth at Hall-Woodward Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 2020-2021 school year marks her third career year in special education.  Read more >
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Katie Billmeier

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September 13, 2021
Katie Billmeier is a special education teacher teacher at Woodcliff Preschool in Grand Rapids Michigan. She also taught kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth grades in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri. She believes that being a special education teacher is the most wonderful and rewarding job ever, and although you will work harder than you ever imagined, it is 100% worth it. Read more >
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Benjamin Tillotson

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September 07, 2021
Benjamin “Ben” Tillotson is a Transition Specialist at the Salt Lake City School District, in Utah. During his 9 years in education, he has work with his students in the SCORE program. SCORE strives to prepare students for the transition from school to adult life with meaningful experiences that prepare them to be successful in their communities and employment. Watch a video interview with Benjamin Tillotson as he shares his Philosophy about respecting the humanity in every student to help them become the best human they can be. Read more >
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