6/2/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Valerie Fletcher, a 2014 graduate of Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree as an Intervention Specialist - Moderate/Intensive major, has received the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Rookie Teacher of the Year Award.
After completing half of her student internship in Sarasota, Fla., Fletcher’s cooperating school offered her a position as a full-time teacher the following year.
“I am currently completing my second year at Riverview High School,” Fletcher said. “The Suncoast Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children sent out information to all the schools in our county asking for nominations for various awards.”
Fletcher said about two months ago her principal told her he had nominated her for the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Rookie Teacher of the Year award. “They consider a rookie anyone with one-to-three years of experience,” she said.
“About a month after that, I was informed I was a finalist,” she said. “There were about 10 nominations for the award, three finalists and one winner. At a banquet, hosted at a country club, I was named ESE Rookie Teacher of the Year. Now, I am able to apply for the state level award as well.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###