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Elizabeth Bridges named 2015 Exceptional Children Teacher of Excellence

posted Sep 15, 2015, 6:25 AM by Greg Shull
Crest High is home to the Charger Nation, but also to Elizabeth Bridges, Cleveland County Schools’ 2015 EC Teacher of Excellence. Mrs. Bridges has been teaching for nine years and holds a Bachelors of Arts in General and Adapted Curriculum from Appalachian State University, and a master’s degree in Special Education from East Carolina University.

Mrs. Bridges was among many nominated for the elite recognition. According to Exceptional Children's Dr. Nellie Aspel, spokesperson for the selection committee, Mrs. Bridges emerged as this year’s recipient because of her leadership qualities and innovative research-based instructional strategies that she uses to ensure positive outcome for students.

“I love what I do and feel very humbled and honored,” said Bridges. “I work at a wonderful place with great co-workers, and that means the world to me.”

Bridges added, “EC Teachers work extremely hard, and everyone should be the Teacher of Excellence in my book. I appreciate the honor and hope I can continue to do what I love and make a difference.”

Mrs. Bridges will receive formal recognition at the Exceptional Children Division’s 65th Conference on Exceptional Children at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro in November.

More About Elizabeth Bridges
Mrs. Bridges is the chair of Crest High School’s PBIS team and serves as assistant to the Testing Coordinator, providing leadership in assuming that all students receive their classroom and testing accommodations. Mrs. Bridges also serves as a mentor to new special education teachers. Mrs. Bridges is a Keys to Literacy Trainer and is involved in the College Bound program (a program aimed at preparing students with learning disabilities for college through the use of technological supports and the ECU Project STEPP Curriculum). Mrs. Bridges has also been essential in providing leadership in the implementation of Fusion Reading in CCS’ high schools.

Elizabeth Bridges incorporates learning through group and individual instruction, peer tutoring, use of technology, research-based interventions, and graphic organizers. She also uses the Fusion Reading Program, which allows her to work on ELA skills for school while addressing social/societal issues. She employs differentiated instruction with each student to meet his or her learning needs and styles.