Alumna Emily Abbott honored with Outstanding Educator award


Lake Erie College alumna Emily Abbott was recently honored for her outstanding work in the field of education.

In an award reception held Wednesday, April 26, Emily received the 2016-17 Franklin B. Walker Outstanding Educator Award alongside her colleague Elizabeth Sebbio. Presented by the local State Support Team of the Ohio Department of Education, this award recognizes an educator or team from each of the Lake and Geauga County School Districts for extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities. The award is named after the late Franklin B. Walter who served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977-1991, the longest post held by a state superintendent in Ohio’s history.

Emily, who graduated in 2014 with a dual major and licensure in intervention specialist: mild to moderate and early childhood PreK-3rd, is currently in her third year of teaching in Riverside School District. Having spent her first year as a cross-categorical Intervention Specialist while co-teaching grades 8-12, she is currently in her second year working specifically with students with multiple disabilities in grades 8-12.

“Ms. Abbott is a charismatic educator and mentor to her students,” the award recognition stated. “She exudes great energy, positivity and diligence in everything she does.”

Emily and Elizabeth were recognized for their creativity in providing core academic instruction as well as electives and specially designed instruction to students with multiple disabilities and autism using a flexible scheduling approach. Their approach, which they meticulously designed, groups students for instruction by strengths, allows students to change classes and rotate teachers throughout the day, and simulates the routine that same-age peers follow at the campus on a day-to-day basis.

“Lake Erie College allowed me to gain invaluable experiences in real classrooms through their connections in the local community,” said Emily. “The classrooms I observed and participated in through my college career allowed me to see different approaches to working with students with disabilities, some of which I use in my classroom today.”

All of us at Lake Erie College applaud Emily on her accomplishment and wish her continued success!

For more information on Emily’s achievement, contact Dr. Katharine Delavan, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies and associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education, at


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