OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF 2005 A BEACON OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Written by Michael Castellon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Nov. 6, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu


LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech University College of Education has announced Josh French as the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Teacher Award.

French currently teaches K-4 Special Education at Casey Elementary in the Frenship Independent School District.

The award highlights the contributions of teachers in the field of Autism Education and honors two outstanding teachers each year. Becky Critz, a teacher in the Lubbock Independent School District, was presented with the award earlier this year.

Robin Lock, co-director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, said French’s contributions to teaching make a tremendous impact on children with Autism.

“The purpose of this award is to honor those teachers whose excellence in the education of children with autism will continue to impact children for years to come,” she said. “Josh has certainly met that criteria and he is making a tremendous impact in the classroom.”

French holds a Texas teacher certification in K-12 Special Education and 6-12 Social Studies. He will be presented the award on Thursday, Dec., 8 at 4:30 p.m. in room 152 of the Education Building.

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CONTACT: Robin Lock, co-director of the Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, (806) 742-1997, ext. 288, robin.lock@ttu.edu