Three Highly Effective Special Education Teachers Honored with Rubenstein Awards  

March 24, 2011

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Earlier this month, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the 20 recipients of the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, an award that recognizes the outstanding work of DCPS educators.

Of those selected, three were highly effective special education teachers. Each recipient will receive $5,000 and an invitation to a private reception in their honor hosted by David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, Kennedy Center chairman, and benefactor of the awards.

“I would like to congratulate our highly effective special education teachers who dedicate each day to making sure all DCPS students get the most out of their education,” said Dr. Richard Nyankori, Deputy Chancellor for Special Education. “Any teacher faces the task of understanding their students’ strengths and challenges. For special education teachers, this means understanding different delays and disabilities, and helping students with special needs be successful and independent both in and out of the classroom.”

The three special education teachers selected were:

  • Karen Bell, Emery Education Campus, Fourth through Sixth Grade Special Education
  • Alisa Bingham Halliburton, Shaw Middle School, Special Education Autism
  • Tiffany Johnson, Ronald Brown Middle School, Seventh Grade Special Education

DCPS received more than 400 letters of nomination from teachers, principals, current and former students, staff, alumni and community members. A team of central office staff members reviewed the letters and selected the recipients.

The selection committee received so many outstanding nominations that they chose an additional 20 honorable mentions. Two of those honorable mentions also are special education teachers at DCPS.

Mr. Rubenstein first pledged to support these awards at “A Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers,” a November event hosted by the DC Public Education Fund at the Kennedy Center. Seven highly effective educators received the Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with a $10,000 award.

Two of those seven honorees were special education teachers.

  • Roanetta Mayes Browne, Sharpe Health School, Sixth through Eighth Grade Special Education
  • Deborah Flanagan, Barnard Elementary School, Special Education

Read “Twenty Highly Effective DCPS Teachers Honored with Rubenstein Awards.”

View more information about the Rubenstein Award winners.

View Honorable Mention recipients.

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