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Horn-Walter Awards

The annual Horn-Walter Outstanding Achievement Awards luncheon sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is an opportunity to honor an outstanding educator and student from each of the 16 State Support Team Regions in Ohio. Honorees receive their awards during the luncheon at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

The 2019 Awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The R. A. Horn award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. Established by the Ohio Department of Education in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction, this award recognizes students’ outstanding achievements. Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, Dr. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. 

The Franklin B. Walter award is given to an outstanding educator or team from each of the 16 State Support Teams in Ohio. Awarded to recipients who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities, this award is given in honor of the late Franklin B Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs, including the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.

2019 Nominations Closed on April 15th

The 2019 Award Winners will be posted after the June 11th awards banquet!



2018 Region 10 Horn-Walter Award Winners


The 2018 Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 10 area is:

Susan DeBrosse

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Susan began her career as an educational aide serving special needs students for 15 years and then took on the role as Parent Mentor for the last decade. She exemplifies what it takes to be an advocate, friend and mentor to those students receiving special education services and their families. Susan works tirelessly with parents and staff in making sure that needs are met in the best interest of the child. Susan helps to close the communication gap. Her calm demeanor and ability to encourage the most anxious of test takers is a gift.

Susan often enters the lives of the families at the onset of their educational journey at an initial IEP meeting for preschool services and helps parents to understand the jargon and the next steps. She gets them connected to outside services and materials to support their youngster’s literacy growth. Susan continues with those families for as long as she can be of service.

The 2018 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient from the SST Region 10 area is:

Mason Whitby

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Mason is a leader in his classes and often tutors the other students modeling how to use online software. Mason has greetings with different staff members and students that are unique to each person. He volunteers his study hall time in the library and gymnasium. This past spring Mason was asked to be a part of the musical production of Hello, My Baby working as a sound technician checking microphones and replacing batteries. He is also a member of the Homebuilding class and collaborated in the construction of THS’s first Tiny House.

Outside of school Mason is very active in his church and youth group. During the winter season he volunteers his time to work with the First Baptist Church recreational basketball league running the soundboard and music for the games every Saturday.