Position: Middle School Lead Teacher/Curriculum and Scheduling Coordinator
School: Cumberland Academy of Georgia
School District: Private
City, State: Atlanta, Georgia
About the Nominee: Laurie Mensing is an amazing and dedicated teacher! Cumberland Academy is a school designed for students with special needs, particularly autism spectrum disorders. Not only does Ms. Mensing teach a full course load of upper-level math every day, but she is also the school's curriculum specialist. She runs a model classroom, demonstrating to other teachers her techniques for differentiation and behavior management. Every student at Cumberland is impacted by her work, whether directly by instruction, by her crafting a schedule suited to their learning needs or by ensuring that other teachers have the appropriate resources to effectively serve their students.