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Jennifer Grieco: Teacher of Excellence at the Exceptional Childrenâ€™s Division-60th Conference
Union County Public Schools would like to honor Jennifer Grieco with the distinction of Teacher of Excellence at the Exceptional Childrenâ€™s Division-60th Conference. Jennifer currently serves as a CBSS specialized setting teacher at New Town Elementary servicing students on the autism spectrum. She also has been the recipient of the New Town Elementary Teacher of the Year Award for 2009-2010.
As a devoted teacher and advocate for individuals on the Autism spectrum from preschool level to adult for the past 11 years, Jennifer has served in various roles from 1994 to the present. She began her career as a teacher assistant in a preschool that supported students with Autism which sparked her desire to be a special educator. She has also shared her expertise as an Autism program specialist in Florida prior to moving to North Carolina. Upon moving to Union County, Jennifer returned to the specialized setting classroom in order to make a difference in the lives of all those she teaches.
Jennifer Greico has spent her career immersing herself in the world of Autism and has become a leader amongst her peers. She goes the extra mile to continue to learn all she can and shares her knowledge and expertise with her colleagues by facilitating workshops, serving on task forces, and providing mentor opportunities to current and future teachers.
With all that, Jenniferâ€™s greatest contribution is the time, love, and patience she exhibits for the students and their parents with whom she works on a daily basis. In Jenniferâ€™s own words she states, â€œThe definition of accomplishment for me comes in the form of my continued commitment to improve the lives of children with Autism.â€ And improve their lives she does even with the roller coaster ride that Autism presents in the many moments of joy, the small steps forward followed by disappointments and setbacks. It is for her never wavering dedication to students with Autism that Union County Public Schools considers Jennifer Grieco a â€œTeacher of Excellenceâ€ and is honored to recognize her as such at the 60th Conference on Exceptional Children.
Written by: Janie Webb, Assistant E.C. Director
Posted: Nov 03, 2010 by CoRetta Limous