Jerome teachers to be honored for work in special education

Educators Toni Harbaugh, left, and Lisa Peterson will be receiving state awards on Oct. 7 in Boise.

JEROME, Idaho (News Release) - Two Jerome educators will receive awards this October from the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children

The Jerome Special Services program had two staff win state awards for their exceptional work with students with special needs.

Toni Harbaugh was nominated last spring for the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children’s Clarissa Hug Award by Director Kindel Mason. Harbaugh beat out the competition, and was chosen to be the Idaho CEC 2016 Clarissa Hug winner. The CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a CEC member (teacher or related service provider) who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities.

The CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year is an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching. His or her work reflects significant, documented educational success for students, continued professional development and the highest standards of educational quality. Harbaugh Harbaugh has been an elementary and special education teacher in Jerome School District for 14 years and is now an assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary School.

Lisa Peterson, a para at Jerome Middle School, was nominated for the Idaho Exceptional Children’s Para Educator Excellence Award by special education teacher Andrew Paras, and she won as well. The Para-Educator Excellence Award recognizes a Para-Educator who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities. The Para-Educator Excellence Award is an individual whose work significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality. Peterson has been a Special Education Para Professional at Jerome Middle School for 12 years.

Both Harbaugh and Peterson will be attending the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children’s awards luncheon during their annual conference in Boise Oct. 7 in Boise.



 
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