St. Marys Educator Named Correctional Education Association Region II Teacher of the Year

February 18, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Since his arrival at St. Marys Correctional Center in 2000, Jeff Richard has developed specialized and innovative instructional programs to enhance the learning of special needs inmates at the facility. Recognizing his dedication, the special needs teacher was selected as the 2005 Correctional Education Association Region II Teacher of the Year. Region II is comprised of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  

Richard has been a special education teacher with the Office of Institutional Education Programs for 19 years. Richard developed and implemented a very successful, age appropriate adult Special Needs curriculum at St, Marys. The curriculum consists of diagnostics, Adult Basic Education Content Standard activities and Office of Institutional Education Programs (OIEP) adopted computer assisted instruction such as Destinations, Aztec Learning, KeyTrain, Ultimate Phonics, Milliken Math and Rogers Reading.  

Seeing a need for age appropriate curricula to assist his low functioning and non-reading students, he utilized his years of experience in Special Education and technological creativity and developed and successfully implemented a unique basic skill power point program to assure a measure of success for his students. Richard's GED Prep/Special Needs curriculum was honored as the 2003 West Virginia Adult Basic Education Program of the Year for his innovative integration of technology in the classroom. The Correctional Education Association will officially recognize Richard at its annual conference in Iowa in July.

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