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 VCLD symposium
  • Complimentary VCLD Symposium Registration
  • Complimentary VCLD and CLD membership ($150 value)
  • Reimbursable expenses to attend the CLD conference – up to $500
  • Interview & Bio featured on the VCLD website 

Awarded from the CLD:

  • Certificate 
  • Complimentary CLD conference registration

Deadline to nominate: May 26, 2023

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 May 26, 2023 (Click the blue “Nominate a Special Educator Button”
  • Attach to the nomination form a minimum of 1 letter of support for the Nominee from someone who can provide 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 Lenette Hillian, Honors Chairperson [email protected]