Desteney Greene, an exceptional children (EC) teacher at Appalachian State University’s Academy at Middle Fork, received the Educator of Excellence Award at the 70th Conference on Exceptional Children held in Greensboro, North Carolina, November 17-19, 2021.
“It meant a lot to receive this award because my amazing EC Coordinator saw something in me that she felt was worth recognizing,” said Greene. “I believe in our mini-Mountaineers, and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure they reach their full potential.”
Greene was nominated for this award by Angela Alonozo, the Academy’s EC Coordinator and Interventionist, for her continued dedication to students.
“Mrs. Greene is always researching and employing instructional strategies that will intrigue and inspire our mini-Mountaineers."
In her nomination letter, Alonozo noted, “Mrs. Greene is always researching and employing instructional strategies that will intrigue and inspire our mini-Mountaineers. She productively supports and collaborates with her colleagues, offering sound advice that will undoubtedly transform instruction and support.”
Alonozo also added, “Mrs. Greene is a teacher that challenges our student's minds and encourages them to show Honesty, Integrity, Kindness, and Excellence in all they do!”
The Educator of Excellence award is given to outstanding educators across the state and is presented at the annual Conference on Exceptional Children.
Greene has served as an EC teacher at the Academy since 2018. She received a B.F.A. in theatre education and licensure in special education both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is currently enrolled in the special education graduate program at UNCG.