Special education teacher awarded Golden Apple

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities. Wednesday, as we continue to honor educators in the Eau Claire Public Schools with a Golden Apple Award, we stop by the classroom at Robbins Elementary.
Robbins Principal Jake Donze gave Lisa Pomazal the good news while Lisa’s husband Jeff and her son presented her with the Golden Apple Award. Mrs. Pomazal has been at Robbins for 11 years and with the school district for 16. Lisa says she loves working with her students, adding that being a special education teacher is incredibly rewarding.

"They teach me stuff every day, every hour especially. This year has been very different in that most of my students are very limited verbally or non-verbal and it's just been amazing just seeing them grow in their communication especially. Every day is rewarding, every day there are so many successes throughout the day and we just celebrate those,” said Pomazal.

"She knows the kids so well, and she gets to know them all on a close, personal level, that she knows what they will get excited about, what they'll get interested in how to really get them to learn here at school and that's really the basis of what we do and she has such a gift for that,” said Donze.

Pomazal and Robbins Elementary School will each receive a $500 grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation to help assist in their special education program.