Steven Wheless is Awarded CEC-DLD’s Outstanding Educator of the Year

November 5th, 2009 by admin

Steven Wheless, special educator in the Foundations Program of The Institute for Effective Education’s (TIEE’s) COOK Education Center, a “model TIEE staff member since 2002,” and TIEE’s 2008 Professional of the Year, was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities (CEC-DLD) at that association’s annual conference held at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego in October.

The award, which is presented annually at the CEC-DLD Conference, recognizes outstanding professionals who serve students with specific learning disabilities. Nominees from all over the United States may be special educators, general educators, administrators, or other educators who have spent at least five years serving students with learning disabilities at any grade level.

Mr. Wheless, who also was TIEE’s Professional of the Year for the 2008-2009 academic year, was cited as “an outstanding coach and trainer of fellow teachers and staff members, a hands-on problem solver, the embodiment of an outstanding educator who consistently models positive teaching methods, is always motivated and enthusiastic to the point of it being contagious, and has an awesome sense of humor. Students are drawn to his hilarious personality, and we all look to him for support and guidance because he knows the curriculum and he knows how to teach.”