CEC Professional Awards

The CEC Professional Awards give us a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues. Through these awards, we recognize the special educators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education service, as well as CEC members whose contributions have moved the Council forward in significant ways.

Nominations for the 2016 Professional Awards are now open!

2015 Professional Award Recipients


The CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award

Martha L. Thurlow, Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

This award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities. 


The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award

Helen T. Pastore, Teacher, ESE, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota, Fla.

This award honors a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities and whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching.


The CEC Special Education Research Award

Joseph Wehby, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

This award recognizes an individual or research team whose research has made significant contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.


The Frederick J. Weintraub Outstanding CEC Leadership Award

John Wills Lloyd, Professor & Coordinator for the Program in Special Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

This award honors a CEC member who has made significant contributions to the Council’s programs and activities at the local, state/provincial and national/international level over an extended period of time.


The CEC Business Award

Wegmans, Store 043, Commerceville, Pa.

This award recognizes a business or corporation that has provided for the employment and enhancement of individuals with exceptionalities in order to promote and support their full participation in the community.

Professional and Student Award Recipients Archive


CEC's Professional nominations are due in October each year, with nominees and nominators notified of the results in January. Award recipients are recognized at the CEC Convention & Expo Opening General Session.


Please address any inquiries about the CEC Professional Awards to Megan Jones at meganj@cec.sped.org.