Newsmaker: Lori Sutton
Noteworthy: Sutton received Leading Education & Advocacy for Families Inc.'s fourth annual Rowan Award at an April 24 dinner at The Carlton Restaurant, Downtown. The award honors a person who works with people with special needs.
Residence: Pleasant Hills
Family: Husband, Kevin; son, Robert, 21; and daughter, Tamara, 20.
Occupation: Director of special education in the Bethel Park School District.
Background: Sutton began working at Bethel Park in 2003 as assistant director of special education. She became director in 2013. Previously, she worked as a special education adviser for the state Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education; as a consultant for the Western Instructional Support Center in Gibsonia; and as a special education teacher for 11 years.
Education: Bachelor's degree in education and a master's in school psychology from Duquesne University. Certification as a special education supervisor from the University of Pittsburgh.
Quote: “I've learned that making connections with family and community support are a key to success for students with disabilities.”
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