2017 Rise Up Award Nominations

CACSE is pleased to call for nominations for the next “Rise Up” Award, presented to educators and support personnel for their extraordinary efforts in assisting children in special education. We seek to recognize any teacher, administrator, therapist, paraeducator or other educational assistant, school support staff or anyone in the special education system who has truly gone to extraordinary efforts to contribute to the growth, happiness and general well-being of our children in a compassionate and caring way.

We present this yearly award at a spring meeting of the Board of Education, and educators and families are welcome to celebrate this achievement. It is CACSE’s way of recognizing and honoring those dedicated professionals who give so much of themselves for our children. We ask that all parents and caregivers of children with special needs consider nominating worthy individuals and school teams for this award. Winners receive a stipend we call the “Teacher Toolbox,” which provides educational and therapeutic supplies, devices and materials for their students and classroom.

Please see the stories of our past award winners HERE!


For the Rise Up Award offered this year, the nomination form is due April 28, 2017.

The awards will be presented at an award event with the Board of Education at Chopticon High School on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:00 pm.  Please watch for updates in the event scroll on the side of your screen!

Click on the link below to access a PDF copy of the 2017 nomination form.  You may mail your nominations to L. Popielarcheck, 38531 Deadwood Ct., Mechanicsville, MD, 20659, or you may email them to lapopielarcheck@co.pg.md.us

You may also send them through your school’s METRO delivery system to CACSE at Duke Elementary School.

2017 CACSE award ceremony nomination form rev one page

You may also post your nomination to CACSE using the Google Form enbedded in this page below the web postings for past winners.  All responses will be kept confidential!