GENESEE COUNTY — The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) selected Kenneth Sirignano, teacher at Genesee Intermediate School District’s Marian D. Crouse Instructional Center, as one of its 2011 Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award recipients.
This award is bestowed on special education teachers who have demonstrated truly exceptional achievement in the field of special education. It recognizes and rewards the special skills and excellence of special educators throughout the United States.
A nomination for this award was entered by Jennifer Kozlowski, a sister of one of Mr. Sirignano’s students. In the nomination, Kozlowski stated numerous examples of how Sirignano’s dedication, compassion and educational expertise made a difference in her sibling’s life.
Sirignano, a Goodrich High School graduate, began his GISD career in 1999 as a substitute teacher while completing his post-secondary education. He graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor of science degree with a certificate in secondary education. He went on to earn his master’s degree in special education, with a Cognitive Impairment (CI) endorsement, from Eastern Michigan University.
Sirignano became a full-time teacher at the Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center in February 2002. He is very active with the Area XIII Special Olympics, and has accompanied students to both area and state games. Sirignano is also the varsity wrestling coach for Goodrich High School.
NASET is a national membership organization dedicated to supporting and assisting teachers and future teachers of special education. It was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas. NASET seeks to meet a critical need for special education teachers. It develops and promotes professional excellence through the support of teachers who provide services to children with special needs. — A.B.