ANKENY, Iowa (November 9, 2018) - Tricia Chodur, Westwood Elementary special education teacher, is the recipient of the Stephen Tsai Award for Excellence in Autism Education. Chodur received the recognition at the annual Autism Society of Iowa conference in West Des Moines. The Tsai Award is presented each year to an outstanding individual in Iowa who has had an impact on individuals with autism-spectrum disorders.
Chodur was nominated by a parent of one of her fifth grade students who she has taught since kindergarten.
About the Stephen Tsai Award
Steve Tsai is a 36-year-old with autism who wants to show his appreciation to those who are helping people like him by establishing the Stephen Tsai Award for Excellence in autism education. Tsai was diagnosed with autism at the University of Iowa autism program when he was three-years-old and is now a productive citizen. He is living a full life because of the many people who have helped him along the way.
Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.
Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Josie Lewis, Chief Human Resources Officer, 306 SW School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, IA, 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA, 50319-0201, (515) 281-4121; or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661.
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