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Meyer Named 2008 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year

Selina Meyer, a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Education, was named the 2007-08 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Council of Exceptional Children (KYCEC). Meyer teaches students with functional mental disabilities at Indian Trail Elementary School in Jefferson County.

“I am very humbled to receive this distinguished award,” Meyer said. “The University of Kentucky College of Education’s moderate and severe disabilities educational program equipped me to not only be a teacher of instructional practices but also a teacher who understands that you cannot educate without truly making a connection with each child.”

Meyer earned her bachelor’s degree and Rank II in moderate/severe disabilities from UK and has been a teacher at Indian Trail for seven years. She is a member of KYCEC and is working toward her master’s degree in the College of Education.

“Selina Meyer is one of the most dedicated teachers to graduate from the program in moderate and severe disabilities at the University of Kentucky,” said Belva Collins, professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. “While at UK, she was active in the Student Council for Exceptional Children and served as an Ambassador for the College of Education. She has approached her teaching job with the same enthusiasm with which she approached all of her undergraduate and graduate coursework. This has been a banner year for Selina, who also recently adopted her first child.”

In addition to her work in the classroom, Meyer has been active in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) initiatives. She was a presenter for district-level Professional Development Institutes, served as an Alternate Assessment Support Group team leader and presented at New Teacher Induction training. She also was named a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2003 and played a key role in developing the Alternate Assessment Frameworks for Instruction to assist teachers in fulfilling the requirements of the Alternate Assessment.

“We were very lucky to be able to recruit and hire Selina to work in JCPS,” said Alexis Varney, Low Incidence Program Specialist in the Exceptional Child Education Department with JCPS. “She came to us with wonderful skills and uses those skills on a daily basis to make a positive impact on the lives of children with moderate and severe disabilities, including autism. Selina believes strongly in the ability of all students to achieve at high levels and works diligently to make sure that happens.”

For more information on the Kentucky Department of Education, visit education.ky.gov