Stephanie Fletcher, B.S. in Special Education, Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia
Ms. Fletcher is currently teaching students with autism at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA. Originally from Jacksonville, FL where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of North Florida, Ms. Fletcher moved to Georgia with a strong interest in advancing awareness for autism at the High School level and has been doing so for the last six years.
Under the direction of Ms. Fletcher and the broadcast teacher at West Forsyth High School, the documentary, “Are You Aware?” was written and directed by two high school students who interviewed students with autism, teachers and professionals. The purpose of the documentary was to create awareness and understanding among typical peers and students with autism. The film premiered at the Reel Abilities ALT Disabilities Film Festival in 2011 in Atlanta, GA and was praised as being both inspiring and motivating, providing a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs of students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Creating a school environment that promotes understanding, acceptance, compassion, and friendship among typical peers and students with disabilities is the reason “Are You Aware?” was created” said Ms. Fletcher. The documentary is now being shown in schools throughout the United States.
Ms. Fletcher’s volunteer service includes Special Olympics, President of the B.L.E.S., served on the Citizens Review Panel for Juvenile Court as a child advocate for Forsyth County, school action plan committees and various organizations. Staying involved has kept her grounded in her convictions and demonstrates devotion toward creating a successful educational environment for all students.