First-Class Awards

An annual celebration of individuals who support, design, and implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students.

First-Class Awards are presented each year at our Special Education Conference, to individuals who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students.

      2021 Winners

      • Michael Chierichella, 5th Grade Teacher, Coates Elementary School
      • Keely Norris, Special Education Teacher, Glasgow Middle School
      • Julie Tiss, Special Education Teacher, Rocky Run Middle School
      • Allie OjjehSpecial Education Teacher, Herndon Middle School
      • Mark Thompson, Special Education Teacher, McLean High School
      • Deb Opalesky, Speech and Language Pathologist, McLean High School
      • Anna Southworth, Career and Transition Teacher, McLean High School
      • Mary Beth and Eric Fleming, Assistive Technology Resource Teachers, Assistive Technology Services

      Winners from Previous Years

      2019 Winners

      • Kerry Peerman, Principal, Halley Elementary School
      • Sarah Chawki, Student, Bush Hill Elementary School
      • Jordan Bristol, Kindergarten Teacher, Canterbury Woods Elementary School
      • Nancy Lucas-Heck, Multiple Disabilities Teacher, Lake Braddock Secondary School
      • Debra Opalesky, Speech-Language Pathologist, McLean High School