Because she is a special education teacher, McCaskey said that somehow, receiving this award just feels more important. Her students don’t have abnormally-high test scores or perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
“For most teachers, they can measure their success through their students’ performance.” McCaskey said. “And they go on to receive awards based on those performance measures.”
McCaskey said that because her students don’t show their success in ways that are easy to measure against other students, she feels it is hard to compare her teaching abilities to that of another teacher.
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“My world of teaching is seen through a different looking glass, and that is why receiving the award after five years of teaching means so much to me,” McCaskey said. “I don’t use test scores to measure success. Instead, I have the pleasure of measuring success through independence, communication and connection.”
Connections, McCaskey said, are at the root of what teaching is about for her.
“To receive this award, I am one step closer to educating others to see past others’ disabilities and instead focus on their special abilities,” McCaskey said.
2019 Excellence in Teaching Award
About this series
This is the first in a four part series by the Springfield News Sun on the teachers in Clark County receiving the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award.