April 29, 2010

Broadreach’ Keniston named 2009-10 Regular Education Teacher of the Year

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 11:10 am

Press release from MADSEC

The Maine Association of Services for Children with Disabilities( MADSEC) gives awards  each year to outstanding individuals in several areas of education:  parent/advocate, special education teacher, paraprofessional. director of special services, regular education teacher and therapist.   

            The recipient of MADSEC’s’ regular education teacher of the year for 2009-2010 is Karen Keniston of Searsport.  Karen is a preschool teacher who works in the RSU20 four year old program at Searsport Elementary School and in the early childhood Inclusive Program which is run by Broadreach Community and Family Services and hosted at Searsport Elementary School.  Karen has been in preschool education since 1993.  She holds a B.S. in elementary education and has had hundreds of hours of training in early literacy and child development.  Karen is a strong teacher leader with immense expertise in preschool education ,and more specifically, in including children with disabilities with their typically developing peers.  Karen has extensive training with the Early reading First, High Scope, OWLS programs and provides early literacy instruction to all her students.  Karen is gifted at being able to individualize and demonstrates that each child, no matter how challenged, can be included in the classroom community.  Karen collaborates well with the variety of consultants and therapists who move in and out of her classroom supporting her inclusion efforts. She supervises several paraprofessionals and provides them wit superb leadership which fosters a high quality tapestry of  instruction and interventions which few preschool program can emulate.  Karen is described by one of her student’s parent as flexible, adaptive, compassionate, communicative.  This parent marvels at her ability to create and modify lessons that allow her child to access the general curriculum.  Karen sets the bar for her colleagues at both  the preschool and elementary level to strive for in making their classrooms accessible and accommodating for all children.  In Karen’s classroom all children can and do learn and have abilities not disabilities!