A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Special Olympics Nevada is honoring a pair of teachers this season who have gone above and beyond for their students and have encouraged an environment of inclusion and acceptance throughout their respective school communities.
The selected teachers were nominated by area representatives for the winter season. Special Olympics Nevada recognizes the contributions of partnering special education, adapted physical education (APE) and other teachers and administrators for their outstanding efforts in impacting the lives of students with intellectual disabilities.
The honored teachers include:
Mr. Neil Balint
Legacy High School
Mr. Balint is a Special Education Teacher at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, Nev., and has been involved in a variety of different programs and initiatives to support the athletes.
Recently, Mr. Balint organized an opportunity for his students to play a Unified Basketball game during halftime of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship Game at Orleans Arena, and chartered a bus to ensure that all of his students were able to participate. He is a driving force behind the Unified Sports program at Legacy High School and also served as the point of contact for the 2017 Southern Nevada Regional Basketball Competition in the general sports program.
Thank you, Mr. Balint!
Ms. Taylor Aichroth and Ms. Tami Nichols
Edward C. Reed High School
Ms. Aichroth (Social Resources Teacher) and Ms. Nichols (Strategies Teacher) have been instrumental in bringing the Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program to Reed High School in Reno, Nev.
They organized a robust ‘Respect Week’ as part of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, which included R-word awareness, a Polar Plunge fundraiser and an all-school rally featuring a Unified Basketball game. Both teachers were excited to see the involvement and enthusiasm from the entire school campus during the week, highlighted by an exciting basketball game.
Ms. Aichroth and Ms. Nichols are continuing to push forward with Unified Sports programs and other initiatives that promote inclusion and acceptance on campus.
Thank you, Ms. Aichroth and Ms. Nichols!