CONGRATULATIONS to our own Courtney Kiser for being named the GAEYC Early Interventionist of the Year by the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children!
The award is given annually to “an outstanding individual whose work supports young children with special needs. The recipient of this award may work directly with children with special needs, provide support and education for their families, or work with early childhood teachers to include children with special needs.”
As Frazer’s Inclusion Coordinator, Courtney works closely with our teaching staff to support our students with disabilities. She coordinates with each child’s support team—parents, therapists, administrators, and teachers—to ensure that all are on the same page about the child's appropriate interventions.
Susie Riddick, Director of Frazer’s Child Development Program, nominated Courtney for the award. “Courtney works diligently to advocate for young children of differing abilities,” says Riddick. “She regularly visits classrooms to collaborate with the teachers, and she’s proactive about identifying children who may need additional supports to ensure their success in the classroom.”
As part of the criteria for the award, the recipient must be “well-versed and up to date on laws, research, and best practices of inclusion, and apply that knowledge to working with and advocating for children with special needs and their families.” She also must “relate well to a variety of people, and demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and individual needs of children and families.
Courtney was given the award at a virtual event in October. According to GAEYC, “The Awards Committee is composed of seven committee members from varied early childhood related professions in diverse regions all throughout Georgia. Each committee member casts one vote for each award category. The votes are tallied, and the awards are given to the nominee in each category who had the most votes. There were many individuals nominated for each category, and competition was stiff!”
Frazer does not take Courtney for granted. CEO Paige McKay Kubik says, “We are so grateful for everything Courtney has done since joining the Frazer team. The breadth and depth of our inclusion services have expanded, and Courtney has become a trusted resource for families and staff.”
We are so thrilled for Courtney’s achievement and proud that she is part of the Frazer team.