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Wolfe School EC teacher recognized for teaching excellence

Ellen LeRoy, second from the left, an exceptional children’s teacher at Wolfe School, was recognized today for teaching excellence. Also pictured are, from left, UCPS Assistant Director for Exceptional Children Janie Webb, Wolfe School Principal Mary Jo Breckenridge and UCPS Exceptional Children’s Director Dr. Lori Cauthen.

Ellen LeRoy, an exceptional children’s teacher at Wolfe School, was chosen as a 2013 Teacher of Excellence at the Exceptional Children’s Division-63rd Conference.

LeRoy, 32, is a 10-year veteran Exceptional Children’s teacher and has worked at Wolfe School her entire career. She was surprised with the announcement today (Sept. 16, 2013) at her school.

“I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” she said.

“Mrs. LeRoy is an outstanding Exceptional Children’s teacher and a leader in our school,” said her principal Mary Jo Breckenridge. “She works diligently and tirelessly to challenge her students with Autism, to master not only academic tasks, but daily living skills that they will need to be as independent and successful in the community as possible.”

Breckenridge said that LeRoy’s passion for special needs children is evident every day. “Her classroom is inviting, respectful, supportive and inclusive. She maintains an organized, structured daily routine that benefits her students.”

The award was presented by UCPS Exceptional Children’s Director Dr. Lori Cauthen and UCPS Assistant Director for Exceptional Children Janie Webb.

“Her data collection is excellent and serves as a model for other teachers,” Cauthen said. “Ms. LeRoy integrates writing, math, science, social studies and literacy in her daily lessons. Her students consistently master IEP goals and objectives despite communication, behavior and cognitive challenges, due to her planning and classroom management.”

LeRoy describes herself as having a passion for the job and the children. “I love these students,” she said. “They’re like my own children. I’m going to do whatever it takes to help them be successful. There is so much more there than most people give them credit for. It’s such a joy to see them have successes.”

LeRoy was quick to mention her teaching assistants, Wanda Taylor and Greg Blakeney. “I could not possibly do what I do without the support of my AMAZING assistants. They, along with all the other amazing staff at Wolfe School, deserve this award as much as I do.”

As for how she keeps such a positive attitude, LeRoy said, “Every day is a new day. We have good days and we have bad ones. When we look at the future and the potential of all of our students, then we can get past some of the times that are difficult and really push toward a bright future for all of our students.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 16, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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