SEL Awardee

Edna Lynn Roberts

Southern Choctaw High School
Choctaw County Board of Education
Gilbertown, AL
“Our multi-disabilities class is set up to help our special needs students learn to be self-sufficient and independent, responsible citizens with social skills to help them with everyday living. Through our state-mandated curriculum, we have successfully applied financial-based learning methods through teaching not only through interaction with general education but through learning how to raise food by planting seeds, nurturing plants and harvesting vegetables for the table. I have observed a change in the students' sense of emotional well­being and acceptance into society. The addition of a greenhouse would help greatly with our vegetable farming by expanding the growing season into the cold weather months.”
Tags: High School, LGBTQI+, Middle School, Outdoors, Rural, Students with Disabilities, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Use of Space