Sidebottom Nominated for Special Education Teacher of the Year

Sidebottom Nominated for Special Education Teacher of the Year
Sidebottom Nominated for Special Education Teacher of the Year

Sidebottom Nominated for Special Education Teacher of the Year

 

Casey Sidebottom, a special education teacher at LaRue County High School, has been named LaRue County Schools’ nominee for The Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year.

“Casey was selected due to her school and community involvement serving students with disabilities,” said Dr. Rhonda Simpson, LaRue County Schools’ director of special education.

Simpson noted that Sidebottom serves as LaRue County Schools’ representative on the regional ASD (autism spectrum disorder) Cadre, participates in the LUKE 14 semi-annual events for Individuals with disabilities (Accessible Adventures), as well as the Night to Shine annual event.

The director said a committee from the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children will review the applications in which three state finalists will be selected.

“At that point representatives from the KDE and KYCEC will schedule interviews and observations with the three finalists,” Simpson explained. “The winner will be selected and the award will be presented at the 2018 Kentucky Exceptional Children’s Conference in Louisville this November.”  

The LaRue County Board of Education will recognize Sidebottom’s nomination at its November meeting.

An LCHS and Western Kentucky University graduate, Sidebottom has been an active volunteer with the CAMP Tessa program for six years, helping with fundraising and serving as an instructor at the week-long camp for individuals with autism, ages 6-21. She is also a Special Olympics coach.

“This is my tenth year teaching,” said the Hodgenville resident who graduated from LaRue County High in 2003. “I taught seven years at James T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove and came to LaRue County in 2016.”

 She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in education.

“I’ve always had a heart for those with special needs, and when I realized social work wasn’t exactly the route I wanted to go, I went through the alternate certification program Western offered.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with some awesome kids and other service providers,” she added. “I’m definitely where I’m supposed to be. I truly love my job.”

Sidebottom and her husband Daniel have a daughter Raegan, 9, and son Camden, 5, who attend Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. 

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