Frankie Norris of Fort Worth, a doctoral student in the University of North Texas' College of Education and a teacher in the Birdville Independent School District, received the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award from the Council for Exceptional Children-Division of Learning Disabilities. The award is designed to recognize outstanding professionals who serve students with learning disabilities.
Norris is one of 10 Project TELL scholars, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. Project TELL's goal is to prepare leadership personnel in special education.
Norris was recognized at this year's Council for Exceptional Children Conference in San Antonio.
"I am beyond honored to receive this award from an organization of this size that works to equalize the educational opportunity for students with disabilities," Norris said. "Accepting the award in person was such a humbling experience. There are no words."
Norris completed her undergraduate degree in special education at UNT in 1997 and was a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program scholar. Norris also earned her master's degree in educational administration from UNT in 2005.