UCS Educators Make a Difference
Two elementary teachers have been honored for making a difference with their special needs students.
Kristina Barel and MaryAnn Weingarden have received the "Make A Difference" award from the Macomb Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee.
The award is given to educators who have made a significant positive impact on the educational experiences of special needs students.
Barel, of Morgan Elementary, was honored for her staunch belief that every child can succeed, no matter what barriers or obstacles challenge their learning.
Denyeal Nesovski, who nominated Barel, said her child's "classmates are taught something that goes far beyond academics. They are taught lessons about patience, understanding and acceptance."
Weingarden is a longtime social school worker who is widely regarded by parents, colleagues and students. She services Monfort, Morgan and Roberts. Her background includes working with students with a variety of disabilities, but she has developed a specialty area in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nominator Debbie Ringle said Weingarden "truly makes a difference.
"Not just in one child, one family, or one building, but for many," she said.
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