Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tammy Sellers

Tammy Sellers is an 11-year special education teacher who voluntarily took over the Socially Integrated Services (SIS) zone program at R.C. Longan Elementary three years ago to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
       
Sellers didn’t envision herself becoming a teacher, but when she moved back home to Southwest Virginia after graduating from Ferrum College, she felt a void in her life that she needed to fill. Teaching would be her answer, and her motivation landed her at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she pursued a master’s in special education.
       
While in grad school, her classes helped shape her teaching style, as did a work-study opportunity that placed Sellers one-on-one with a student with ASD in a private-school setting, as well as in the student’s home. The experience taught Sellers to be more understanding of all students – and how important praise is for a student.
       
At Longan, Sellers is a one-woman show, working with ASD students in kindergarten through second grade and teaching everything from reading, writing and math, to social skills, daily living skills, language development and behavioral skills.
         
“The one thing that I enjoy the most about teaching in the SIS program is the overall impact that you make on the students with ASD,” Sellers said. “It is so rewarding to get a note from a parent stating that his or her child did something new that night or letting me know how much improvement he or she is seeing in the child’s ability to communicate. I love knowing that I am preparing my students for the future with life skills that will help them live independently and function appropriately in today’s society.”
       
Sellers’ classroom is extremely structured and individual based, with consistent behavior and work expectations.  It is organized with visual supports to help students communicate what they want or need even when they don’t have the language to do it.  Sellers has to stay one step ahead of the students, so that she can easily transition between activities. Instead of a lesson plan for each subject, she creates a lesson plan for each subject for each student, while constantly reassessing her students’ needs as they move forward from each developmental milestone.
       
“Tammy does everything she can for her students,” a colleague wrote in a nomination letter. “She does everyday academic tasks like any teacher, but on top of the typical academic planning, she has to focus on every aspect of that child’s growth. She does things no one would do for their students. Tammy’s students have learned how to communicate their wants and needs which changes a child’s life for the better in so many ways. It allows them to initiate interactions with others, get the things they feel they need and want, and it helps them regulate their emotions because they now have a way to talk to others.
       
“Tammy is an exceptional teacher and deserves recognition for her hard work.”
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Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

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