See Who Got Our Awards for Inclusion

This week, the winners of the Anne R. Lipnick Award for Specialized Instruction awards were announced at a reception of staff, School Board and students. See the photo album on Facebook.

The 2019 Outstanding Special Education Teacher PreK-12 award was given to Tammy Rotz of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School for adapting her teaching to each individual student’s needs. Paul Kingston of T.C. Williams High School received the Outstanding General Education Inclusion Teacher PreK-12 award, while the Outstanding Special Education Paraprofessional award went to Wendy Andrews of Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy.

Each of these individuals has gone above and beyond in their commitment to their students. They have demonstrated that they have vision, integrity and passion in their work. These are qualities we hold in the highest esteem,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.

The Anne R. Lipnick Award for Specialized Instruction honors the achievements of educators whose hard work exemplifies inclusion across the continuum of ACPS educational programming. Each year, an outstanding special education instructor, general education teacher, and a paraprofessional are nominated for going above and beyond their engagements to develop and promote excellence in specialized instruction.

Rotz was recognized for using specially designed instruction to ensure her students met their achievement goals. She monitored student progress and worked collaboratively as part of the co-teaching cadre to employ diverse learning strategies that fostered an inclusive classroom.

Tammy Rotz of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School for adapting her teaching to each individual student’s needs

Kingston was nominated for his extensive knowledge of the curriculum and his commitment to reaching students of all ability levels. Collaborating effectively and broadly, his lessons were described by the Virginia Department of Education personnel as “a model of what co-teaching should be.” According to colleagues at T.C. Williams, “he exemplifies the truism that quiet leadership is often the most effective leadership style.”

Kingston was nominated for his extensive knowledge of the curriculum and his commitment to reaching students of all ability levels.

Andrews has served as a role model throughout her more than 15 years as a paraprofessional. She was nominated for routinely taking a proactive role fostering outstanding academic progress inside and outside of the classroom. Her work ethic and ability to “jump in” and manage challenging situations has made Andrews a critical part of the team.  

These were not the only educators whose achievements were celebrated during the Anne R. Lipnick Awards ceremony. A complete list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Special Education Teacher

Christine A. Bell T.C. Williams
Jacenta Collins Francis C. Hammond
Jessica Donahue Francis C. Hammond
Scott Keplinger Lyles-Crouch
Nicole Kertyzak Matthew Maury
Jessica Oswalt Jefferson-Houston
Morgan Ray Minnie Howard
Tammy Rotz Douglas MacArthur
Caitlyn Schnure Charles Barrett
Jared Stanley John Adams

Outstanding General Education Inclusion Teacher

Alexandra Bender John Adams
Quanda Fudd Francis C. Hammond
Paul Kingston T.C. Williams
Emily Leimbach Douglas MacArthur
Molly McCabe John Adams
Kristin Stoughton William Ramsay
Brenda Tarquinio John Adams
Samantha Wald Minnie Howard

Outstanding Special Education Paraprofessional PK-12

Wendy Andrews Lyles-Crouch
Colette Bonds-McLeod Douglas MacArthur
Pamela Frost Jefferson-Houston
Latonya Hubbard Francis C. Hammond
Marcus Jones Minnie Howard
Erik Lipscomb Jefferson-Houston
Mr. Ronald Lott T.C. Williams
Cody Mathews Douglas MacArthur
Gloria Stone Jefferson-Houston
Shirley Strong Francis C. Hammond

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees!

Read more about Anne Lipnick (PDF).

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