2021 VCLD Special Educator of the Year: Lenette Hillian

The VCLD Special Educator of the Year award honors outstanding teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This is an excellent opportunity to provide recognition for outstanding persons who are making a real contribution to the field of learning disabilities.

Awarded from the VCLD:

  • Plaque
  • Recognition during the spring symposium, May 21, 2022
  • Complimentary VCLD Symposium Registration
  • Complimentary VCLD and CLD membership ($150 value)
  • Reimbursable expenses to CLD conference – up to $500
  • Interview & Bio featured on the VCLD website¬†

Awarded from the CLD:

  • Certificate 
  • Complimentary CLD conference registration

Deadline to nominate: April 11, 2022

2019 VCLD Special Educator of the Year: Jessica Draper, Galax Elementary School


  • Nominee must be fully licensed and teach students with learning disabilities
  • The Nominee must have been teaching for a minimum of 5 years
  • The Nominee should have
    • Shown leadership in improving current education programs and service delivery methods
    • Developed innovative methods resulting in increased success for children, adolescents, or adults with learning disabilities
    • Served as an advocate for students with learning disabilities and their families
  • Award recipients are expected to
    • Attend the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) conference, if possible (Sponsored by VCLD)
    • Briefly speak at CLD conference
    • Complete reimbursement forms

How to Nominate a Special Educator

  • Complete and submit the nomination form no later than April 11, 2022 (Click the blue “Nominate a Special Educator Button”
  • Attach the nominee’s resume to the nomination form
  • Attach to the nomination form 3 letters of support for the Nominee from those who can provide factual evidence of teaching ability and contribution to the profession, such as
    • Colleagues
    • Supervisors/administrators
    • Others from the education community
    • Students and/or their families

2018 VCLD Special Educator of the Year: Janice Converse

For more information about the Special Educator of the Year Award

Contact Dr. Clara Hauth, Past-President and Awards & Honors Chairperson [email protected]