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 Four JCCS Teachers Honored

Four special-education teachers at the Sarah Anthony School were recently honored by the Juvenile Justice Commission for their work with some of the county’s most challenging students.

Kurt Christopher, Cathy Garcia, Greta Hulley, and Katherine Naples received the Juvenile Court Schools Award in July at a ceremony at the University of San Diego.

“It’s nice to know that we are making a difference,” Garcia said.

The four teachers work together to offer classroom support to students with special needs. They also help coordinate services with occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychiatrists, probation officers, and other specialists.

They deserve the recognition, said Michael Thompson, a special education coordinator with the SDCOE.

“They’re very hard working, very dedicated to their profession and, in particular, to their population of students,” he said. “They are able to inspire some of the students to make significant changes in their lives.”

Sarah Anthony School is in the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. It’s one of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools.

About a third of the students there qualify for some sort of special services because they have a variety of disabilities or emotional problems. Many also have struggled with drug abuse, family trouble, or emotional challenges.