District of Columbia

Christina Sandoval

Position: Transition - Life Skills Teacher

School: River Terrace Educational Campus

School District: District of Columbia Public Schools

City, State: Washington , District of Columbia

About the Nominee: Christina Sandoval was nominated by Justin Lien. Ms. Sandoval supports the instructional and global needs of students with the most profound, medically complex special needs. She demonstrates outstanding talents when it comes to caring for assigned students in her classroom, supporting both their therapeutic and educational needs.

Ms. Sandoval possesses the ability to work with students who have more challenging behaviors. She adheres to the procedures and aspects of positive behavior supports and plans. Given her impressive work ethic and rapport with students and colleagues, Ms. Sandoval was recommended to participate in the school’s academic leadership team, giving her the opportunity to provide a collaborative voice representing the teachers and staff within her grade band. Over the years, Ms. Sandoval has demonstrated her passion and high expectations for students with special needs. These qualities are admirable, and she is an exemplary leader who inspires her colleagues every day.

Ms. Sandoval is not only consistent with the students, but the staff in the classroom. She displays great leadership skills by establishing meaningful relationships with all staff to create an effective team approach. Ms. Sandoval works very well with staff, and her mood and demeanor are positive at all times. In addition to these skills, Ms. Sandoval excels in the key functions of a classroom teacher.

She has taken initiative in enhancing student instruction at rigorous levels since day one. She also retains and implements knowledge from new training sessions, and she welcomes constructive criticism, not only from her supervisor, but from co-workers. Her flexibility and ability to remain composed in emergency situations is highly admirable. Ms. Sandoval is a LifeChanger to everyone she meets!

Latricia Irby

Position: Teaching Assistant

School: AppleTree Early Learning Center - Columbia Heights

School District: AppleTree Institute

City, State: Washington, District of Columbia

About the Nominee: Latricia Irby was nominated by a teacher she worked with, Aiyana Wright. Ms. Irby is always diligent and willing to take on more responsibilities. She has great relationships with family and staff throughout her building. Everyone loves her! She makes working at AppleTree Institute a joy, and Ms. Wright says that she couldn't have had a better TA.

Brian Permut

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

School: Excel Academy

School District: District of Columbia Public Schools

City, State: Washington, District of Columbia

About the Nominee: Brian Permut was nominated by a friend, Aiyana Wright. Mr. Permut always has rigorous lessons and makes work enjoyable for everyone. He is an awesome teacher who is loved by everyone!

Shaquita Curtis

Position: Preschool Teaching Assistant

School: Excel Academy

School District: District of Columbia Public Schools

City, State: Washington, District of Columbia

About the Nominee: Shaquita Curtis was nominated by a friend, Aiyana Wright. Ms. Curtis is always willing to give a helping hand and makes work enjoyable for everyone!

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Allison McGowan

Position: ABA Coach

School: River Terrace Education Campus

School District: District of Columbia Public Schools

City, State: Washington DC, District of Columbia

About the Nominee: A leader is someone who unselfishly helps others, both in and out of the classroom. Allison McGowan is a highly effective teacher and leader who transitioned from the classroom to an ABA Coach this year. Ms. McGowan goes above and beyond each day to make sure students have visual schedules and helps teachers that need help with students that have autism. She has also been an integral part of the newly instated response to intervention programs. Ms. McGowan always has a shining face and has a wonderful rapport with her students and colleagues!

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