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September IT'S Award Recognizes KHS SPED Teacher

Keller ISD is thrilled to recognize Keller High School Special Education teacher Amanda Ratliff as the District's first Innovative Teachers Inspiring Students (IT'S) Award Winner for the 2021-22 school year.     

Ratliff was nominated by KHS Principal, Lisa Simmons, who said: 

“Ms. Ratliff has set up her classroom to recreate work environments, such as a movie theater, grocery store, and hotel lobby, in addition to many other sorting, organizing, and matching stations. Not only that, but she also works with campus staff to have her students complete daily tasks, including distributing mail, recycling, shredding non-confidential documents, and making copies for teachers. Although COVID-19 offered some challenges in past months, Ms. Ratliff is excited to bring off-campus activities back to her students again this year. She has big plans for her classroom and continues to be innovative in her thinking to ensure that her students are able to experience as many meaningful work-related activities as possible.”

The IT'S Award is in its ninth year honoring Keller ISD teachers. This peer-nominated recognition program highlights KISD teachers for the amazing things they are doing in their classrooms. From innovative to inspiring and everything in between, the IT'S Award is proud to share the stories of the District's most exceptional teachers.

Ratliff will receive a $500 grant for her classroom, courtesy of the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation.

Check out the video below to learn more about how Ratliff recreates different work environments in her classroom, as well as seeks out opportunities, both on and off campus, so her students can participate in work-related experiences to further their growth.