Teacher of the Year

2019 - 2020 Teacher of the Year


My name is Suvarna Naik, your fellow colleague in the Special Education department. I am shocked, and humbled to be selected for teacher of the year at Fairview Elementary School. Thank You!

As I look back to this day, I remember when I started teaching special education in 1990 in India, at a time when special kids were considered a social stigma. They were not sent to school, kept at home, and away from the societal eyes. I was first hired under the title of a regular education teacher, my job to survey rural areas to identify the children with disabilities. During my visits, I found several kids were not only deprived from education, but were treated as a curse and were not even taught basic skills.

It was this, when I decided to serve those kids and educate parents and community to create awareness among them. I became very passionate. I continued my further education earning my master’s degree in developmental disabilities, then Master’s degree in Business Administration and Education Specialist. I consider myself a lifelong learner and like to keep up on the developments on current research around special education.

My teaching philosophy is very simple, “All children can learn”. Every child is unique, teaching is rewarding as to observe their growth and challenge to learn new skills. This gives me inspiration and the most satisfaction about my job.

In my personal life I enjoy travelling, and cooking.

I accept this honor on behalf of all the students, colleagues, parents I got a chance to work throughout my life. This is absolutely terrific