Judy Sorrell, who coordinates special education services for students in six Virginia counties, says she first knew she wanted to be a special educator when she saw how a younger cousin with Down syndrome was isolated from other students at her school.
Sorrell, who is now the director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program for Special Education has spent 33 years in the field. Among her achievements is expanding the capacity of her districts to provide therapy to students with autism by partnering with a state organization that provides teacher training. That work, which was recognized by the state as an example of a successful collaboration, also led to Sorrell's selection as one of Education Week's Leaders to Learn From for 2013.
Read more of Christina Samuel's On Special Education article HERE.