VCLD Teacher of the Year Award

The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) is pleased to continue its tradition of excellence by honoring colleagues involved in outstanding teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jessica Draper, special educator at Galax Elementary School, is VCLD’s 2019 Teacher of the Year

This is an excellent opportunity to provide recognition for outstanding persons who are making a real contribution to the field of learning disabilities – so please promote individuals from within your college, university, or school system who deserve to be recognized for excellence in the field of Learning Disabilities. We are calling for nominations of individuals who best represent those qualities recognized by this award.

Criteria – The award recipient must have:

  • taught students with learning disabilities
  • shown leadership to improve current education programs and service delivery
  • developed innovative methods resulting in increased success for children, adolescents, or adults with learning disabilities
  • advocated for students with learning disabilities and their families

What to Submit:

For the nomination, please submit the following demographic information and attach the appropriate additional information as stated below. Use the format headings as presented. Follow the guidelines carefully. Nominations should be restricted to teachers who are currently working with students with learning disabilities.

Demographic Information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Home address and phone number
  • Work address and phone number
  • Email address
  • School/school division name and address

Background and Experience:

  • Education
  • Teaching experience
  • Activities (professional and other)
  • Evidence to support the nomination

Document the above by enclosing three letters from people who can provide factual evidence of teaching ability and contribution to the profession. Colleagues, supervisors/administrators, and others may submit letters from the education community including students and their families.   The nominee should also provide a current resume.

Recipient Benefits:

Awarded from VCLD:

  • Plaque
  • Complimentary VCLD and CLD membership ($150 value)
  • Reimbursable expenses to CLD conference up to $500 – in Las Vegas, NV
  • Interviewed for VCLD website with picture

Awarded from CLD:

  • Certificate 
  • Complimentary CLD conference registration
  • Recognition in May 2021

Recipient Responsibilities:

  • Attend the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) conference, if possible
  • Briefly speak at CLD conference
  • Complete reimbursement form for reimbursing CLD conference expenses (up to $500)

The deadline for nominations for VCLD Teacher of the Year is March 1, 2022.  Click here to download the details for the VCLD Teacher of the Year Award. 

For questions and to send your nominations contact: 

Dr. Clara Hauth, Past-President and Awards & Honors Chairperson (email):