Six special educators from the Long Beach Unified School District were honored at the 2015 Council for Exceptional Children Chapter 108 Star Awards recently in Long Beach.
Brooke Asplin, Special Day Class (SDC) teacher at International; Annee Boyer, SDC teacher at Jordan; Jennifer Prager, SDC teacher at King; Ann Marie Salvador, SDC teacher at Birney; Kersten Scanlon, Speech and Language Pathologist at Avalon; and Laura Velez, Resource Specialist Program teacher at Lafayette were recipients of this award presented to special educators who enhance the lives of students with special needs.
Recipients must be innovative and exemplify quality teaching skills with at least five years of teaching in LBUSD. A principal or other co-worker submits nominations to the CEC Board of Directors who then vote on worthy recipients.
After a breakfast at The Grand event center and a motivational speech from guest speaker Briana Graham-Ramos, a Special Education administrator, each nominator introduced their honoree with a short speech about their qualifications for receiving the Star Award.