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Pendergast teacher named Arizona Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year


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  • Nedda Shafir   |   Pendergast School District

The Arizona Council For Exceptional Children Is Bestowing The Honor Of The Samuel A. Kirk Teacher Of The Year Award To Shaylyn Savage, Special Education Teacher At Sunset Ridge School In Glendale. Photo Courtesy Pendergast School District

The Arizona Council for Exceptional Children is bestowing the honor of the Samuel A. Kirk Teacher of the Year Award to Shaylyn Savage, special education teacher at Sunset Ridge School in Glendale.  

This award is for a teacher who has contributed significantly to the education of individuals with disabilities through direct student contact in instruction.

The award honors Dr. Samuel A. Kirk who is internationally recognized for his accomplishments in the field of special education.

“My favorite part about teaching is building relationships with students,” Savage said.

“I love helping them discover their abilities and reach their potential,” Savage said.

“It is the most amazing feeling watching students’ confidence flourish as they grow academically and socially,” Savage said.

Click here to view a video of Shaylyn Savage in the classroom

Shaylyn Savage was nominated by Gwen Parker, the director of exceptional student services for Pendergast Elementary School District.

“Shaylyn is a mentor and inspiration to our entire staff as she has conquered obstacles and adversity that most people would never attempt to overcome,” Parker said.

“Shaylyn is visually-impaired and recognizes far better than most, the major obstacles students may be challenged with in accessing the curriculum,” Parker said.

“She has grown into an extraordinary educator who will do anything for the students she serves,” Parker said.

 Supporting the nomination is Shaylyn’s principal, Brian Winefsky from Sunset Ridge School.

“Ms. Savage is a passionate and dedicated teacher who consistently goes above and beyond to do her very best in everything she does,” Winefsky said. 

“Her kindness, persistence, passion, and warm personality make Ms. Savage a perfect educator and mentor for her students,” Winefsky said. “She is professional, knowledgeable, demonstrates outstanding teacher leadership, and is an inspiration to all she encounters.”

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The Arizona Council for Exceptional Children is bestowing the honor of the Samuel A. Kirk Teacher of the Year Award to Shaylyn Savage, special education teacher at Sunset Ridge School in Glendale. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

“As a school administrator for 15 years, I can easily say that Shaylyn Savage is the best exceptional services teacher I have had the opportunity to work with,” Winefsky said.  

“Shaylyn has a mindset that anyone can overcome adversity in their life, and has the dedication, persistence, and relationships with her students to help them see and realize that vision,” Winefsky said.

Ms. Savage will be recognized at a luncheon at the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference on February 28, 2020 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix.

As part of this award she will receive an engraved plaque, a $200 cash award, and full registration for the conference.

Pendergast District is extremely proud of Ms. Savage and all she has done to support the mission of the district of Empowering Excellence and Success.