The 2014 Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 6 area is Terri MacDonald.
Many teachers begin their careers hoping to change the lives of each student they have the opportunity to work with and Terri has done that. Terri has been employed by the Madison Champaign Educational Service Center for 8 years as the teacher of their adult transition program. Terri has developed an instructional program that successfully incorporates functional, social and academic instruction into the work setting. By incorporating speech and occupational therapy into the work setting, as well as providing job coaching and opportunities for direction instruction and reflection, Terri’s students graduate from the adult transition program with skills that allow them to successfully work in the community. Terri works tirelessly to help students develop self-advocacy skills, understand the many responsibilities of adult life and collaborate with local agencies to ensure that students graduate with the skills and supports needed to live independently in the community.
The lives of every student enrolled in the MCESC’s adult transition program are better because Terri MacDonald has been in their life. Perhaps the best way to describe Terri is with the following quote: “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Terri is a champion for her students and through her every day work, helps them reach goals they may never have thought possible.