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The Arc of Carroll County Recognizes Teachers as Special Education Professionals of the Year

Release Date: 4/18/2011 3:19:29 PM

Geoffrey Hoffman, a special education resource teacher at Liberty High School, and Linda Purcell, Learning for Independence teacher at West Middle School, have received the Special Education Professional of the Year Award presented by The Arc of Carroll County.
      
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award is presented to an education professional who has demonstrated excellence in providing quality educational opportunities and/or advocacy for students with developmental disabilities in Carroll County.
      
Geoffrey Hoffman is involved with the Corollary Sports Program at Liberty High School. This program is designed to provide students with a variety of disabilities the opportunity to compete in team sports in a supportive atmosphere with peers from around the county.  He has formed and coached a hockey team and a bowling team and has organized a student/faculty bowling match, giving students the opportunity to interact with teachers outside of the classroom.  In each student he sees only their athletic ability, not the disability that has brought them to the program.
     
Linda Purcell incorporates a variety of teaching strategies to meet the individual learning styles and needs of her students at West Middle School. These strategies include movement, as well as visual and auditory techniques.  Lessons typically incorporate multiple techniques to teach and reinforce information.  Purcell explains incorrect answers in ways that individual students can understand and guides them to make the right choices whether it be academic or personal.  Her students are happy and learning well because of her commitment and hard work. In addition, her positive “can do” attitude has been contagious in the classroom and among her colleagues. 

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