Ms. Gera Recognized with an FCPS Excellence Award!

By Department of Human Resources
October 18, 2018

a photo of the programCongratulations to special education teacher Lindsey Gera who was recognized in the "Impact on Others" category at the 2018 FCPS Excellence Awards Ceremony for her Toys for Teachers program!

The FCPS Excellence event was held at Fairfax High School on October 16 and was attended by Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand, members of the FCPS Leadership Team, members of the FCPS School Board, and other distinguished guests. Ms. Greta was recognized for the program she started prior to the school year started in 2017 in which gently new and gently used toys are collected and used for instruction in special education classrooms. The following excerpt from her nomination packet was read while she received her certificate from Dr. Brabrand, Interim Assistant Superintendent, Region 4 Jay Pearson, and members of the School Board.

In August 2017, Ms. Gera started Toys for Teachers, which collects new and gently used toys appropriate for use in FCPS special education classrooms. More than 350 toy boxes have been delivered to special education teachers across all five regions of Fairfax County. To enhance vocational training for students with disabilities, Toys for Teachers is partnered with Key Center School. Students prepare, sort, and package the donations. Ms. Gera has mobilized community members and business partners to support an effort that runs entirely on the kindness and generosity of others. Her work is done after school hours, on the weekends, and during the summer. Ms. Gera has directed Toys for Teachers while simultaneously pursuing a post-masters certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and credentials as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Thanks for initiating this wonderful program, Ms. Gera, and congratulations!

Thank you, Ms. Gera, for all of your all that you do to support special education and particularly for your commitment to the students of Bull Run Elementary!