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James Love is Home to County’s Top Teacher of Exceptional Children

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:48 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 10:50 AM ]
Amy Porter of James Love Elementary has been named the 2017 Teacher of Excellence.

A selection committee name Porter the winner after thoroughly vetting multiple, talented nominees who were submitted for the prestige recognition.

“I appreciate all of the support from everyone over the years,” said Porter. “I am overwhelmed and very honored.”

Porter will receive recognition during a special ceremony at the 67th Conference of Exceptional Children at the Kourey Convention Center in Greensboro in November as she represents the best of Cleveland County.

Director of Exceptional Children Dr. Nellie Aspel describes Porter as an unsung heroine.

“She provides love and consistent care for her students every day of the year, without any expectation of recognition or accolades,” said Aspel.

Porter succeeds Becky Seidel of Marion Elementary, last year’s award recipient.

“She definitely puts children above everyone, including herself,” said Kim Kepner, principal at James Love Elementary. “She often gives up planning time to give some personal time to children by either eating breakfast or lunch with them or sitting at their side during dismissal.”

Excerpt from Nomination Letter
Ms. Porter provides consistent support in understanding and implementing IEPs. She routinely monitors how her EC students are performing throughout the regular school setting by collaborating with general classroom teachers. She advocates for students based on their individual circumstances and needs. Ms. Porter provides support as well as assignments to assist all teachers in differentiating instruction. Ms. Porter is a master teacher in the area of implementing specially designed instruction and research-based programs such as Reading Mastery, Corrective Reading, Number Worlds and Second Step. She consistently uses evidenced-based methodologies to ensure her lessons are linked to IEP goals, standards-based and engaging. Students love coming to Ms. Porter’s classroom. Her use of peer instruction, cooperative learning and games ensure that every minute of instructional time is well-used. She fosters an environment where each student feels valued and respected.