REDMOND, OR -- A teacher with the High Desert Education Service District is being honored for her work with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Sue Hayes received the 2015 Achievement of Excellence Award this week, by a state education organization. High Desert ESD Superintendent John Rexford tells KBND News, "Sue really works hard to coordinate a variety of services in Central and Eastern Oregon and we’re particularly proud of her work with Traumatic Brain Injury. She works to really support students who have been impacted by TBI, so that they can get back on the road to their education and success in the future."
Rexford adds, "She is really a state leader. She has dedicated her career to helping students with special needs. And in this case, she’s really a state and often a national leader, in this regard. This is really cutting edge work that she’s doing in the area of traumatic brain injury. So in addition to her regular workload, she’s gone beyond the call of duty and focusing in on success of students with Traumatic Brain Injury."
Hayes works closely with the national Center for Brain Injury Research and Training, and played a key role in bringing a national concussion conference to Bend for the past several years.
Photo: Sue Hayes, special programs manager for the High Desert Education Service District, accepts the 2015 Achievement of Excellence Award from the Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators joined by HDESD Deputy Superintendent Paul Andrews (left) and HDESD Superintendent John Rexford (right).