Angela Sorrem, the Special Education department teacher of the year, has worked diligently to help her whole team expand their skills by organizing peer observations, a professional learning community, and an online collaboration forum.
Sorrem has been an itinerant teacher with the East County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for the last four years, working with students ages
2 to 21 who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
"Angela is an excellent role model for her students and a positive, enjoyable person to work with," said Jennifer Ward, another itinerant teacher with the SELPA.
Sorrem was inspired to become a teacher of students with hearing impairments by her sister, who is Deaf and visually impaired. As a child, she saw what a big difference teachers and interventionists could make.
She started teaching in 2008, working in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., before moving to San Diego in 2014.
As an itinerant teacher, she works with students from more than 20 schools in East County. She consults with teachers and other employees, recommending instructional materials, troubleshooting assistive technology, differentiating instruction, modifying curriculum, and monitoring student progress.