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April 19--  The Montgomery County School System honored its Special Education Teacher of the Year and its Special Education Support Person of the Year at the monthly meeting of the county school board.

The school system's Special Education Director Audrey Walters (Left in Photos) made the presentations.

samsappSam Sapp is in his third year teaching special education students, "I chose the field because it was where I thought I could make the biggest impact as a teacher and mentor to these children.  It was my calling from the moment I went to school to Mercer.  As I went through college and I learned about disabilities and accommodations and all, it was something I strongly wanted to be part of and I want to retire doing the same job as I am now."

Sapp works with 27 special ed students at Montgomery County High School and has every confidence in their ability to succeed, "Any child that was diagnosed with a disability was kind of cut short or not given a fair chance, but that's where inclusion and accommodations come into play.  It's awesome to see that with the right accommodations, that the kid can be equal and as successful as any other kid in that room."

The Special Education Support Person of the Year is Nell Moore who goes by "BB" and is a para-professional at Montgomery County Elementary School.

nellmoore"They're going to do a lot better than they think they can do and better than a lot of people think they can do.  They are children who need that extra little nudge or maybe just a hug and that light goes off and you see it in their eyes.  Me, personally, I had a special ed child and I know how she had to struggle and I hate to see children have to struggle like that, so it's just in my heart," she says.

Mrs. Moore has been working in the school system for 25 years and has seen improvements in the education of special ed students.

"They have more opportunities and with inclusion in the classes they are not set aside as much and I think the kids accept them better," she observed.