Special education teacher named Elementary Teacher of the Year

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 20:17:12-04

Copperas Cove ISD has named Robert Stroup the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

The West Point graduate and United States Army veteran has found a passion for special education by working with children with multiple disabilities.Stroup currently works for the Program for Children with Multiple Disabilities which allows him to work one-on-one with students at Martin Walker Elementary.

Stroup says everything a student learns in his class is an essential life skill. They work on basics like communication, gross and fine motor skills, eating, personal hygiene, etcetera. Any academic work they do is integrated into these basic activities including basic recognition of colors, shapes, letters, and sizes and integrating them into gross and fine motor activities.

“I coordinate these activities with parents so that they can be replicated at home. As a result, I often have students return from a long break with little to no regression in academic or functional skills. I have even seen evidence of progress over the summer break in some cases,” Stroup said.

Before working in special education, Stroup taught 6th grade social studies at S.C Lee Junior High School and 4th grade reading at Clements-Parsons Elementary.

Stroup is also a nominee for the Region 12 Teacher of the Year.

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