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Anderson Elementary School teacher receives Teacher of Excellence Award

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WILMINGTON, NC (NHCS) -- Lisa Thomas, special education teacher at Anderson Elementary School, has received the 2010 Teacher of Excellence Award for New Hanover County Schools from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children’s Division. Thomas was honored at the 60th Annual Exceptional Children Division Conference in Greensboro.

"Mrs. Thomas is an asset to Anderson Elementary, New Hanover County Schools, and is truly deserving of this honor," said Principal Carole Piner.

Thomas has taught in New Hanover County Schools since 2002, serving as a certified tutor, teacher assistant, an Intensive Behavior Support teacher and currently the Intensive Social Communication Support teacher at Anderson Elementary School. Prior to her employment with NHCS, Thomas was an teacher in Greensboro.

Thomas was instrumental in the beginning implementation of the Problem Solving Model-Response to Instruction (PSM-RTI) process at Anderson Elementary School and was an active participant on the New Hanover County Schools team to ensure fidelity for the implementation of the PSM-RTI process countywide. She presented staff development for the Anderson Elementary staff and worked individually with teachers to facilitate the referral process. She worked diligently with teachers to develop strategies and interventions for at-risk students to ensure the greatest possibility for their success. Thomas also represented Anderson Elementary on a team responsible for piloting new PSM-RTI documentation for New Hanover County and as the regional resource representative for all of the preschoolers transitioning to kindergarten for the southern region. As a strong proponent of research-based reading and math programs, she enhanced her student’s understanding of Standard Course of Study goals and objectives. In addition, Thomas has served as department chair and School Improvement Team representative for the Special Education Department at Anderson Elementary and as a partnership teacher for the University of North Carolina Wilmington student interns.

This prestigious award recognizes teachers as leaders in service to the school system through innovative instructional programs and/or methodologies that demonstrate positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Their leadership, dedication, and service improve the quality of education for students with disabilities and convey a positive reflection on the education profession.

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