Exceptional Teachers for Exceptional Students

Guest post from Bambi J. Lockman, LL.D

Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS)

Congratulations to Prekindergarten Exceptional Student Education Teacher Belinda Nease of Southside Elementary School in Nassau County  on being named a Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year finalist!

“I am a teacher.  It is as much a part of me as the air I breathe,” states Ms. Nease, who helps her students maximize their potential in spite of the physical, academic or emotional barriers they face.  She turns every situation, in and out of the classroom, into a learning opportunity and takes advantage of available programs and techniques, both high and low tech.

Just a few examples – Ms. Nease initiated the use of a program at Southside that changes the brain’s pathways, increases processing skills and impacts reading ability in a short period of time.

On the low-tech side, but equally as effective, she uses mentoring as a tool to foster positive relationships to help her students learn.  Southside’s second graders spend time with and assist her pre-K students and both groups benefit from the process. 

I am so thankful for the efforts of Ms. Nease and of all Florida teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that all of our children learn. I wish Belinda Nease, and all of the other finalists, the best of luck and look forward to the Teacher of the Year announcement in July!


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