The Peggy A. Gallagher Award for Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs is given for distinguished service to quality educational improvements for all of Georgia’s children. The award was established in 2017 to honor Dr. Peggy Gallagher, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Special Education at Georgia State University, who has been a consistent voice in Early Childhood Special Education for over 30 years..
Recipients of the Peggy A. Gallagher Award for Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs must meet the following criteria:
- Classroom teacher who actively promotes the inclusion of young children (birth through age 8 years) with disabilities through friendship, play, social and cognitive activities with typically developing children of the same age
- Teaches in a classroom with children with identified disabilities (i.e. have an IEP or IFSP or eligibility for) along with typical children ages birth to 8 years
Recipients of the Peggy A. Gallagher Award for Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs
- 2018: Caitlin Macon
Caitlin Macon is a teacher at the Frazer Center. She goes above and beyond to ensure that all students in her classroom are included, regardless of their disability. She partners with parents, therapists and other support professionals to ensure that each she knows about each child’s strengths and areas of need. This teamwork approach allows Caitlin to meet each child where they are at the beginning of the year, and help them develop and grow throughout the school year. Even during the most challenging times, Caitlin demonstrates professionalism and patience. Last year was particularly challenging, and there were times when we were unsure if the classroom was equipped to meet the needs of the students. But Caitlin never gave up and her dedication paid off. Several parents wrote to us, sharing the gratitude that they had for their child’s experience in Caitlin’s classroom. She is truly making a difference in the lives of her students.
- 2017: Dina Treff