Ms. LaWanda Brewer named 2020-21 Missouri Special Education Teacher of the Year

Posted on 04/01/2021

Becky-David Elementary’s LaWanda Brewer, teacher of the deaf, was named 2020-21 Missouri Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children (MO-CEC).

“Her teaching abilities are remarkable,” said Krista Boardman, Ed.S., assistant principal at Becky-David. “Not only does she teach self-advocacy, she is also exceptional at assessing needs and helping students enhance their vocabulary, speech, language, reading, writing, math, and other life skills.”

Ms. Brewer has been with Becky-David for 19 years and the Francis Howell School District for 20, and has 24 years of teaching experience.

“Ms. Brewer continually demonstrates a commitment to inspiring students, parents, and colleagues,” Boardman said. “She goes above and beyond to assist students without requests from colleagues or supervisors. She is a problem solver, is dependable, and an excellent communicator.  She also consistently demonstrates sensitivity to individual student needs when assisting students at Becky-David.” 

The MO-CEC is a community of educators and partners in learning dedicated to advancing the success of students with exceptionalities in Missouri.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by my colleagues and administrators,” Ms. Brewer said. “Being named as the Missouri Special Education Teacher of the Year totally took me by surprise. My families share in my excitement and the students keep telling me that I am someone ‘really special.’”

Ms. Brewer’s award automatically nominates her for the CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award that recognizes one CEC member internationally per year.

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