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Annual EC awards honor selfless work in classroom

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Two long-time members of LCPS’s Exceptional Children’s Department known for their selfless work with students were honored with the department’s top awards this week.

Barbara Kenyear of Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School was named 2016 EC Teacher of the Year, and Daniel Wetherington of E.B. Frink Middle School was chosen as 2016 EC Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Both were presented framed certificates by Superintendent Brent Williams at the department’s opening day meeting Monday, Aug. 22.

Kenyear, who began work with the school district some 30 years ago as a teacher assistant in an EC class, was praised as an advocate for her students and as a teacher able to reach the most difficult students.ectoy2016

She now teaches in a self-contained EC classroom with students with several disabilities and severe behavior issues.

Julie Hill, assistant director of the department, described Kenyear as a teacher able to “take a student with severe behavior issues and bring out the best in them.”

Kenyear, she said during the award presentation, “will always go above and beyond the call of duty to help a student.”

Wetherington began his career in education as an teacher assistant in an LCPS elementary school and worked one-on-one with an EC student he eventually followed to middle school.

As a teacher assistant in a self-contained classroom at Frink, Wetherington has distinguished himself as a TA “who is completely selfless, often sacrificing his own time to go the extra step for parents and students,” Hill said.

Wetherington, she said, “ is a great role model for students. It carries over in his personal life, where he has fostered many children in his home and made the decision to adopt several of them.”