Congratulations to John Farris, the 2019 winner of the Ruth K. Newman Award for Excellence. The award is bestowed each year by the Council of Private Schools for Children with Special Needs to recognize teaching professionals for outstanding contributions and dedication in providing educational services to children with disabilities.
A 16-year veteran educator, John came to Chapel Hill Academy as a 1:1 paraprofessional, often tasked with supporting the most difficult students. In 2014, John was named leader of the Crisis Response Team, providing support and assistance to teachers working with students with challenging behavior, and leading staff in verbal de-escalation efforts to assist students in crisis.
“John has always excelled, remaining personable, consistent, and positive in the face of emotional and mental hardship, helping his students succeed and reach personal goals,” said Diane Somers, Director.