LEONARDTOWN, Md.—Elizabeth "Lisa" Powell, a special education teacher at Greenview Knolls Elementary School, has been named the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year. This award is offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of America in order to recognize at the national level the contribution of an exceptional educator to individuals with learning disabilities.
In addition to her 20 years of service as a teacher of students with special needs, Powell is also the special education department chairperson at her school, providing leadership through collaboration with and mentoring of her fellow educators. Her community service volunteer activities include participation in the Citizens Advisory Committee for Special Education, Learning Disabilities Association, Hospice, Relay for Life, and Friends of the St. Mary's County Public Library. Powell was a member of a grant writing group at Greenview Knolls Elementary School that wrote and received a sizable grant from Dominion Power focused on assisting students with disabilities, lower income students, and minorities to become more successful in science and math. She has been a guest lecturer to multiple organizations, raising awareness and advocating for those she serves.
As the recipient of this award, Powell has been invited to attend this year's LDA International Conference where she will be honored.