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Special Ed teacher honored in Litchfield Park

The KNIX Teacher of the Week is Mrs. Kim Cottle who celebrates the accomplishments, both academic and social, of her students.

She teachers sixth through eighth grade Special Education at L. Thomas Heck Middle School in Litchfield Park.

She was nominated by a colleague.

“Students learn life and functional skills to be able to live as independently as possible,” Mrs. Cottle’s colleague said. “Daily, Mrs. Cottle stops staff members and administrators to brag about her students.”

Mrs. Cottle created a Peer Tutoring program at L. Thomas Heck Middle.  Students from the general education classes spend their specials time every other day paired up with a student from Mrs. Cottle’s classroom completing academic tasks, behavioral tasks, and building relationships that are sure to last a lifetime. Approximately 30 students from each grade level choose to be a Peer Tutor over going to art, drama, band, technology, or music.  Students are lined up to participate in this program.

Mrs. Cottle is also the leader of the special education team at our school.  She organizes meetings to discuss how to service the students in both the general education and special education settings.

“Mrs. Cottle teaches our students acceptance, respect, character, humility, and love through her words and actions.”

Congrats to Mrs. Cottle!

The KNIX 102.5 Teacher of the Week contest is sponsored by Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale and Dairy Council of Arizona.

The weekly winners are entered for a chance to become the Teacher of Year.

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