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The Elinor Long Educator of the Year Award (ELEY) was established to recognize a professional (an educator, administrator, university faculty, or medical personnel from Pennsylvania or Delaware) who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and performance in the field.

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Award Nomination Description 2022 Penn-Del AER

Award Nomination Form 2022 Penn-Del AER

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2019 Penn-Del AER Elinor Long Award Recipient

Jodi Cox

Jodi is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for Early Intervention, Early Childhood and School Age Services She is currently working for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22.

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2018 Penn-Del AER Elinor Long Award Recipient

Jan Kautz

Jan is a retired Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments who had worked for the Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13.

2017 Penn-Del AER Elinor Long Award Recipient

Fabiana Perla

Fabiana works for Salus University. She is the Department Chair, Director of Orientation and Mobility Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies.

Recipients of the Elinor Long, Educator of the Year (ELEY) Award

2016    Doug Williams, Educational Consultant with Vision Specialization

2015    Jorene Proper, Central Intermediate Unit 10

2014    John Hannum, O&M Specialist

2013    Tracy Whitehead, Intermediate Unit 17

2012    Harry K. Lasky, posthumously, Kutztown University

2010    Dael Cohen, Overbrook School for the Blind

2009    Penni Telleck, Independent Consultant

2008    Katherine Brittian, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7

2007    Chris Ament, Susquehanna Association for the Blind

2006    Jennifer Concannon, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children

2004    Kathleen Cleaver, Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments

2003    Dr. Bernadette Kappen, Overbrook School for the Blind

2002    Robin Adler, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit #13

2000    Tori Bell, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15

1999    Earlene Colella, Appalachia Intermediate Unit #8

1998    Dr. Ralph Peabody, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

1997    Mark Steciw, Eastern Instructional Support Center, PaTTAN

1997    Debby Holzapfel, Western Instructional Support Center, PaTTAN

1997    Frank Irzyk, Central Instructional Support Center, PaTTAN

1996    Rita Robertson, Norristown Area School District

1995    Lynn Vuocolo, Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3

1994    Robert Ashbridge, Overbrook School for the Blind

1993    Ben Williams, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit #23

1992    Sister M. Margaret Fleming, IHM, St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments

1991    Harold Hoff, Chester County Intermediate Unit #24

1990    Jeanne Gardier, Northeastern Immediate Unit #19

1989    Susan Millaway, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit #23

1988    Jeanne Leiper, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15

1987    Adrienne Koller, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15

1986    Carolyn Hoover, Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15

1985    Ridgeway Clark, Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3

1984    Patricia Bowles, Berks County Intermediate Unit #14

2020 Penn-Del AER Elinor Long Award Recipient

Stacy Howard

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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2021 Penn-Del AER Elinor Long Award Recipient

Evangeline Worsley

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

Overbrook School for the Blind

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Elinor Long Award