Northeast Ohio – On Friday, May 15, 2015, Westlake Intermediate School student Katie Gallagher received the 2015 Outstanding Peer Achievement Award at the Annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony in Independence, Ohio. The award was presented by The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County State Support Team Region 3. The purpose of the award is to recognize, celebrate and honor student peers who have established meaningful relationships and are exemplary role models for others.
Katie was nominated by Susan Peplin, Intervention Specialist teacher at Dover Elementary school. Mrs. Peplin’s nomination read, “Katie showed initiative and leadership skills by approaching staff and asking to volunteer in an elementary classroom for students who have multiple disabilities. She calmly and effectively supports individuals at the appropriate level by providing training for self-help, behavioral and social skills. Katie is so dedicated that she is teaching herself sign language to better communicate with students.”
Katie, a sixth grader at Dover Intermediate School (DIS), helps out in Mrs. Peplin’s classroom each morning before her own school day starts at DIS.
After the awards ceremony, Mrs. Peplin added, “Katie’s demeanor and skill set in this capacity is well beyond her years. We need to support and encourage students like Katie who actively find ways to make a difference in the lives of students who have developmental disabilities.”
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