Araminta Sorrell (Ph.D. ’00 Spec Ed) was named a 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Council for Learning Disabilities — an organization dedicated to improving the educational experience of special needs students — during its Oct. 1-2 conference in Las Vegas. The award reflects the 2014-15 school year, her first as a public school teacher. “She is a true leader,” wrote Dr. Theresa Garfield Dorel, Texas CLD president, in announcing Sorrell’s selection. “Although this (was) Dr. Sorrell’s initial year in SAISD, we found her extensive background and passion for working with students who are historically underserved to be inspirational.” Sorrell was one of three winners chosen from nominees representing the 18 states where the council is active. CLD’s focus for the year was on urban education.
Sorrell teaches 9th-grade world geography, 10th-grade world history, 11th-grade U.S. history since 1877 and 12th-grade government/economics at Sam Houston High School. Prior to teaching, she most recently worked as an intervention specialist for Communities In Schools of San Antonio and served 13 years as a Johns Hopkins University teacher coach, from which she retired in 2013. (Announcement courtesy of the San Antonio Independent School District Insider newsletter)