Cain Sczepanski was a student whose pride in his education ran deep. His family attributes that to the great educational experience and the inspiring LISD educators who worked with Cain. In the hopes of paying forward the great things done for their son, the Sczepanksi family established the Cain Sczepanski Award for Excellence in Special Education. The award is given each spring in Cain’s memory and honors Special Education personnel in LISD. Honorees are chosen from nominees submitted by parents of students in LISD’s Special Education programs and LISD staff. Congratulations to the 2015 winners!
Ida Bishop, Lewisville High School: Ida is known for her joyful selflessness and dedication to students that extends beyond the school day. She has provided clothing and grooming items for students in need. Ida guides students to better choices, focuses on “life lessons” and teachable moments, and puts an emphasis on a student’s ability, rather than challenges.
Paula Bruner, Forestwood Middle School: Paula is known for her ability to make each student feel special through her positive, loving and supportive approach. A valued member of the Forestwood team, she received their first ever Staff Member of the Month award.
Deborah Corbet, Hebron High School: Deborah is known for her commitment, diligence, and leadership. She established Hebron’s Video Game Society for students with Autism. Additionally, she assisted with the Special Education department’s paperless conversion, creating easier access and greater accuracy in documentation campus wide, ensuring teachers know how to best serve students and students get what they need to be successful.
Donna Davis, Wellington Elementary: Donna is highly respected by her colleagues, and praised for her unending patience and positive attitude. Her tireless determination in helping each child make progress and experience success has earned the trust and gratitude of the parents and children with whom she works.
Lindsay Lovett, Homestead Elementary: Lindsay is known for her kind, caring approach to teaching each child. She strives to enrich learning through projects and field trips, and constantly looks for new ways to engage her students in learning.
Summer Swindell, Focus on the Future: Summer is known for her eager, helpful spirit, reliability and professional rapport with students. In her role as Lead Job Coach for Focus on the Future at Purnell Support Center, she coaches students and works with employers to develop job positions for them within the community.