IRSD honors Special Education Ambassadors for 2019

With more than 11,000 students throughout Indian River School District, every child has different needs, some more intensive than others. The IRSD school board recently recognized 18 educators and individuals as Special Education Ambassadors.

“Today kicks off our Special Education Week in the school district,” Board Member Heather Statler said on Oct. 28. “And we’re really proud of all the accomplishments that all of our ambassadors this evening will be highlighted for.”

“[These] are individuals who embrace and promote a culture of support and success for students with disabilities, while carrying a positive message of inclusiveness for all of our students,” said Judi Brittingham, IRSD director of special education.

Each person received multiple nominations from their colleagues or the community. They are considered role models among teachers and the community, and they support the district’s overall mission to support students’ growth in order to fulfill their lifelong goals.

Special Education Ambassador awards were presented to:

• Community ambassador: airline Capt. Robert Finley

• Community ambassador: artist John Donato

• East Millsboro Elementary School: Tara Thoroughgood

• Georgetown Elementary School: Sara Colmorgen

• Georgetown Middle School: Paige Robinson

• G.W. Carver Academy: Ann Breneman

• Howard T. Ennis School: Keri Justice

• Indian River High School: Todd Fuhrmann

• North Georgetown Elementary School: Samantha Ewing

• John M. Clayton Elementary School: Lindsey Smith

• (the former) Kindergarten Center: Cathy Henderson

• Long Neck Elementary School: Amber Porter

• Lord Baltimore Elementary School: Jessica Behrens

• Millsboro Middle School: Joshua Lee

• Phillip C. Showell Elementary School: Marie Karitis-Smith

• Selbyville Middle School: Patricia Jennings

• Southern Delaware School of the Arts: Daniele Squillante

• Sussex Central High School: Danna Palmer.

Nominations described honorees’ willingness to go above and beyond, bring new programs to the schools and emphasize inclusiveness for their students. These are some of the unique qualities that help IRSD specialize in the individual, Brittingham concluded.

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter