Educator of the Month

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    Today the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County recognizes a teacher who is invested in her students and wants nothing more than for her kids to reach their goals and succeed in everyday life. She takes pride in seeing her students learn and grow. She advocates for special needs classrooms, constantly trying to figure out ways to include her students with autism in everything.

    Allison Criswell, Special Education Teacher at Central Elementary. Her colleagues describe her as “one of a kind!” Special Education teachers are amazing, but having non-verbal autistic students is an enormous challenge that Ms. Criswell rises to every day.

    Each day, Ms. Criswell reports to work with a smile and a positive attitude ready to face the challenges of one of the hardest jobs. She does all that she can to motivate six non-verbal students and never complains. She comes up with new ways to stimulate and help her students grow and works tirelessly to implement those lessons on a daily basis.

    One of her colleagues, a Teacher Assistant, said of Ms. Criswell, “I can honestly say she really cares about our needs  and our mental and emotional health. She always offers to step in and constantly checks in on us. Ms. Criswell makes sure the SPED. Team at Central Elementary has everything they need. She writes an email at the end of each day to each of her students parents keeping them informed.”

    Allison, it takes a special person to do your job, even with its challenges, you don’t skip a beat. The way that you persevere even during aggressive situations leaves your co-workers in awe.

    Allison Criswell, the Board of Education is proud to award you as the Educator of the Month for April 2024. Congratulations!


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