Tennile Lee

The Missouri Council for Exceptional Children awarded its 2022-2023 Special Education Teacher of the Year Award to Mrs. Tennile Lee. Lee works at Reeds Spring Primary School.

“Tennile has a gift when it comes to connecting with children,” said Primary School Assistant Principal Adria Simkins. “She develops genuine relationships with each of her students, learning their unique personalities and needs.”

Colleagues praised Lee for her ability to come up with innovative ways to help students reach their goals.

“Tennile is very creative in motivating her students and celebrates every achievement,” said Beth Boyer, RSPS Process Coordinator.

Lee also stands out for the way she connects with parents.

“IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) meetings can be very overwhelming. Tennile is intentional about wording things in a way that makes sense, seeking their input, and partnering with parents to get the best outcomes for their children,” Simkins said.

"I am truly honored to receive this award from the Missouri Council of Exceptional Children," Lee said. "I would also like to recognize that I would never be able to be the teacher I am without the help of my hard-working paraprofessionals and supportive administrators." 

The Missouri Council for Exceptional Children aims to advance the education of individuals with exceptionalities and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Lee will be the state’s nominee for the CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award, a national recognition.