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.
In her 28th in education, Cathy Wojcik has taught in various early childhood special education settings (ECSE), including Self-Contained ECSE, Reverse Inclusion ECSE, Inclusive PreK, and Itinerant/Community Based. She also served on the Evaluation Team for PreK and is currently an ECSE Autism teacher. Cathy holds a BS in Special Education from Penn State University and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education. She served as both division-wide and school-wide lead teacher various times over the years. Cathy serves on the Buddy Camp advisory committee, a camp founded in honor of ECSE teachers and daughters, pairs high school volunteers with rising kindergarten students who receive ECSE services. Cathy builds strong relationships with families and creates collaborative learning communities where all stakeholders are given the space and supports they need. She has hosted multiple pre-service teachers and serve as a mentor for early career teachers. She is passionate about the need for anti-bias training for all educators to support anti-bias environments and cultures for all learners.
This Fall will be an adjunct professor at James Madison University.
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