High School Teacher - First Place
Chelsea Snesko, Special Education at Casteel High School
Chandler Unified School District
Chelsea Snesko has always had a passion for special education.
While she was still in high school, she served as a teacher’s aide in a class for students with intellectual disabilities. She loved it so much that after she got her degree from Arizona State University, Snesko returned to instruct the same students she had helped a few years earlier.
This year marks her 20th year with the Chandler Unified School District. She spent some of that time teaching other subjects, but the majority of her career has been focused on special education. “I knew I wanted to teach high school students,” Snesko said. “I love working with juniors and seniors.” She enjoys having one-on-one conversations with students and helping them figure out what they’re going do after high school. The key to being a good teacher is listening, Snesko said, and forming a connection with students. “If a student knows you don’t care about them,” she said, “then they’re not going to perform for you.”
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