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
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
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