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Four members of the Department of Special Education receives CCSD's Special Education Staff of the Year Awards

LaShaun Williams

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ATLANTA, GA — The Cherokee County School District celebrated four of its outstanding Special Education team members on June 15.

Four members of the Department of Special Education got the CCSD's top annual honors throughout the annual Special Education Staff of the Year Awards ceremony.

The four members are Amy Peart who received CCSD Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist of the Year, Laura Killen who received CCSD School Psychologist of the Year, Kortney Dempsey who received CCSD Special Education Facilitator of the Year, and Stacy Irwin who received CCSD Speech Language Pathologist of the Year.

“We know that our students overcome obstacles and make progress thanks to the dedication and care of these honorees and their fellow Special Education colleagues. We’re so proud of you and grateful for all you do to support our students and their families. Congratulations!,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian V. Hightower.

Every winner got an engraved plaque as well as a Visa gift card worth $200 from Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.

In addition, The School Board and Dr. Hightower honored the winners through a virtual recognition during the School Board’s June meeting.

In 2015, Ms. Peart took part in CCSD from Cobb County Schools. She gives occupational therapy services to students with fine motor and sensory needs and she has served students at CCSD schools such as Carmel ES, Boston ES and Woodstock MS.

"She consistently provides amazing therapy and classroom support in multiple schools and environments. Above all, she cares greatly for all students and demonstrates that in all she does," said her colleague.

Meanwhile, Ms. Killen has worked in CCSD for eleven years, with seven years as a school psychologist.

"She truly cares for each student and the parents and teachers working to help and support them. She is generous with her time and a great collaborator," said her colleague.

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