Two representatives from Nampa School District were honored this year at the annual conference of the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children. Tracyee Becker, a special education teacher at Greenhurst Elementary, and Jessica Mondragon, a Nampa High School graduate, were recognized for their excellence in practice and/or performance.
Becker received the Clarissa Hugg Teacher Excellence Award. This award recognizes an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching and reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality.
Tracyee was recognized for always gives 100 percent and not shying away from a challenge. “Tracyee has been a great team member and is always willing to help support general education and special education teachers,” said Dr. Cyndi Cook, director of special education for the district.
“Tracyee is an incredible and valuable teammate for our school and district,” added Greenhurst Principal Alanna Parsons. “I am truly honored to work alongside her every day. Her passion and commitment to serving our students is evident in all that she does.”
Mondragon received the Yes I Can Student Excellence Award for academics. This award recognizes children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways. As a sophomore with Turner’s Syndrome, Jessica was timid, and her ADHD made it hard to focus. Through time and effort, she became more confident in herself and her abilities, even earning awards at BPA (Business Professionals of America) competitions. She is willing to help others and encourages others in class.