Margarita Bianco, associate professor of special education at CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, received the 2015 Council for Learning Disabilities Floyd G. Hudson Outstanding Service award during an Oct. 1 awards presentation in Las Vegas.
Bianco was recognized for her dedicated leadership and commitment to professionals in the field of learning disabilities and her continued effort to improve the lives of individuals with learning disabilities. She was nominated by Patty Meeks, president of the Colorado Chapter of Council for Learning Disabilities.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” Bianco said. “The award is named after Floyd G. Hudson, a pioneer in our field and someone who worked tirelessly for inclusive education. That is truly an honor.”
The Council for Learning Disabilities annually recognizes one person to receive the Floyd G. Hudson award. The international organization is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.
CU President Bruce Benson wrote a letter of congratulations to Bianco regarding this award. “Your outstanding performance and commitment in the field of learning disabilities is highly impressive and you are very deserving of this honor,” he said.
Bianco also received a letter of congratulations from Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Colorado Senate District 24 in Adams County. Humenik said: “Receiving this award is a wonderful reflection of the outstanding work that you do outside the classroom and in your public service.”
Bianco started the Pathways2Teaching program six years ago. Pathways2Teaching introduces high school students of color to critical issues of educational justice and to teaching as a potential career path.
Aleena Delgado, a Pathways2Teaching student, was one of three high school students who provided letters of recommendation in support of Bianco for this award. She said: “Pathways2Teaching has been my gateway to not only walking across the stage and earning my diploma, but to be the one handing a diploma to my future students. This program has given me the confidence, the inspiration and the will to change another student’s life through the art of education.”
Guest Contributor: Julia Cummings, Marketing Director, School of Education & Human Development