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Meredith M.Ed. Student Named Autism Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Crocker, a student in Meredith College’s Master of Education program, has been named the Wake County Autism Teacher of the Year, 2008-09 by the North Carolina Autism Society.

“I was thrilled to be nominated and was completely surprised and honored to actually receive the Autism Teacher of the Year award,” said Crocker. “It is the highest award in my four year teaching career. According to the president of the Autism Society I received the most nominations they have ever had.”

Crocker earned her undergraduate degree from Meredith in 2004, and is completing Meredith’s Master of Education in special education.

“Meredith prepared me accept the challenge of working with a diverse population by providing me an excellent educational foundation,” Crocker said. “They enabled me to better understand students with special needs by providing me with opportunities during my undergraduate and graduate career to work with children with disabilities.”

Crocker teaches at Raleigh’s Lynn Road Elementary, where she the chair of the school’s Healthy Students Committee, and serves on the leadership team and social committee.

Crocker credits her Meredith faculty members with helping to prepare her for success.

“Their encouragement and guidance has allowed me to make a difference in the lives of children and be an advocate for students with disabilities,” she said.

For more information on Meredith’s graduate programs in education, visit http://www.meredith.edu/graduate/graduate-education-programs.html or call (919) 760-8423.

Date Submitted: 2009-07-06

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