Top 5 Special Ed Teachers in US Announced by Cerebral Palsy Family Network

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Special education teachers and therapists in California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Indiana have been crowned “Our Favorite CP Teacher” in a nationwide contest sponsored by the Cerebral Palsy Family Network. They won iPads and Apple TVs to help in their work with children with cerebral palsy.

Our Favorite Cerebral Palsy Teacher Contest

In our minds, all of these teachers are winners and deserve to be recognized for the great work they do every day for our children.

Five teachers and therapists from across the United States have won technology gift packages, including iPads, Apple TVs, and iTunes gift cards, to help them in their work with children with cerebral palsy. The winners were chosen by popular vote as part of the CP Family Network’s “Our Favorite CP Teacher” contest. The winners are:

  •     Marlene Byron, an early childhood teacher in Wheaton, IL
  •     Fiorella Cleversey, an elementary school teacher in Sorrento, FL
  •     Ginny Ortiz, an elementary school teacher in Garden City, KS
  •     Susan Wells, a middle school teacher in Newburgh, IN
  •     Yolanda Velazquez, a special education teacher in El Centro, CA

“Teachers who work with children with disabilities know that digital teaching aides, like tablets, can do wondrous things in the classroom. The contest was a way to ‘spread the magic’ this holiday season and recognize teaching and therapy excellence,” said CP Family Network editor Lee Vanderloop.

“In our minds, all of these teachers are winners and deserve to be recognized for the great work they do every day for our children,” added Vanderloop. “The stories of why they pursued careers in special education and why they love their jobs are truly inspirational. We’re going to be sharing them on our website and through our bi-weekly newsletter.”

Recent newsletter articles have included a mother’s story about triplets, advice to parents about siblings and a child with cerebral palsy, and good holiday gift selections for children with cerebral palsy.

More than 50 teachers were nominated in the contest and thousands of participants voted on their favorites.

Each winner’s school, clinic, or organization has been added to the Network’s Cerebral Palsy Survival Guide, a free searchable database of resources available to CP families in each state and Washington, D.C. The Network also offers a Care Guide which helps parents organize, update and share important medical and care information about their child.

The Cerebral Palsy Family Network is a 501-C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide medical and legal resources to families and children with cerebral palsy.

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