Washington, DC – September 23, 2021 – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has announced the winners of the 2021 Everyday Champion Award. Susan Maurer, an educator at William Allen Middle School in Moorestown, NJ, and Jenny Tucker Mottes, an administrator at the Frostig School in Pasadena, CA, were chosen as this year’s everyday champions.
The Everyday Champion Award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond helping children with learning and attention issues while distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. One in five children nationwide has a learning disability or attention issues and these champions have been crucial to their success in the classroom.
Maurer and Tucker Mottes were selected by the following criteria:
- Dedication to students with learning disabilities and attention issues and their families.
- Modeling integrity, fairness, compassion, and resiliency.
- Advocating for persons with learning disabilities.
- Provides services to students with learning and attention issues on a direct or leadership level.
The award program includes two categories: educators and school administrators. Ten finalists were selected for their achievements with one winner chosen from each category. The winners are granted $5,000 each and will be honored at NCLD’s Annual Benefit this fall. The full list of finalists can be found below.
Susan Maurer (Moorestown, NJ)
Michelle Rolfert (Newark, NJ)
Michelle Freddolimo (Colorado Springs, CO)
Julia Salamone (Conshohocken, PA)
Jacob Sapp (Henry County, GA)
School Administrator Winner:
Jenny Tucker Mottes (Pasadena, CA)
School Administrator Finalists:
Sharon Plante (Southport, CT)
Devon Green (Santa Ana, CA)
Eric Tucker (New York, NY)
Linda Donaldson (Colorado Springs, CO)
ABOUT THE EVERYDAY CHAMPION AWARDS
The Everyday Champion Award recognizes two individuals who have provided exceptional support to students with learning disabilities and attention issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is the leading organization representing the learning disability community. NCLD improves the lives of all people with learning disabilities and attention issues by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact. Learn more and read the latest news at www.ncld.org.
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