The Utah Parent Center has named CSD Special Education Director Robin Collett the Utah Administrator of the Year, and Eastmont Middle School’s Laurie Hofstetter the Paraeducator of the Year, for their advocacy of students with disabilities.
Collett, who has worked 26 years in special education, is recognized for balancing a “masterful understanding of Special Education law” with sensitivity to the needs of students and parents.
“She understands the stressors and consequently the needs of families and responds compassionately to support them,” the Center writes. “Robin is well respected throughout Utah and is viewed as a leader among her education colleagues.”
Hofstetter, who completed her work at Eastmont in spring 2014, is known for her sunny disposition and attitude, her calming effect on students, and her efforts to make every child feel special.
“She makes sure to compliment each child throughout the day, and points out their positive behavior instead of focusing on the negative ones,” a parent nominator writes. “It is obvious how much she cares … and how much she wants them to succeed.”
The Utah Parent Center is a state organization created to help families help children with disabilities to live productive lives.