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Mantua educator awarded for service to Tourette syndrome students

NJCTS has named Stephanie Logan, Director of Special Services at Mantua Public Schools as Educator of the Year

The N.J. Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has awarded the 2022 Educator of the Year to Stephanie Logan, Director of Special Services at Mantua Township Public Schools.

Since 2004, this award has been designated for educators in New Jersey who have made a significant difference in the life of a child, or children, with Tourette syndrome (TS). For Logan, it has been her efforts in making sure the teachers in her district and her colleagues in special services have all the tools available to work with children with TS and the various associated disorders like ADHD, OCD and anxiety.

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“She has taken the initiative to help educate her staff about TS, not because there is a student there that has it, or at a parent request, but because she feels strongly about making sure that teachers and staff are aware,” NJCTS outreach coordinator Claudia Lijo said.

Through education outreach programs like in-service presentations and webinars, NJCTS provides education professionals throughout the state with strategies and techniques for working with children with TS in the classroom, as well as ways to promote a more positive, inclusive, and successful classroom environment for all students.

“After a tumultuous couple of years, it is with great pride that we continue the tradition of recognizing New Jersey educators who go that extra mile to serve students affected by Tourette,” NJCTS Executive Director Patricia Phillips said. “We are grateful to educators and leaders like Ms. Logan who takes the time to make a difference, because regardless if you currently have someone in school with a TS diagnosis, you could at some point, and should be prepared to help them succeed.”

Logan will be presented with her award at a luncheon on June 3 in Bridgewater. To learn more about the NJCTS education outreach program, visit njcts.org or call 908-575-7350.

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