By Lizzie Thompson
Pilot Writer 

New Special Ed teacher was the Philippines' 2022 Education Specialist of the Year


December 7, 2023

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Petersburg Middle and High School's new Special Education teacher Rosal Concepcion was the Philippines' 2022 Outstanding Education Specialist and Special Education Leader-Advocate of the Year. Concepcion says as an advocate for inclusive education and deaf and hard of hearing, she is often invited to be a resource speaker in other schools and local government units, advocating for the rights of students with special needs and giving sign language workshops.

Rosal Concepcion is eagerly awaiting her exit clearance for travel from Manila, Philippines, to Petersburg, Alaska, where she's looking forward to starting an adventurous new chapter of her life working as a middle school and high school special education teacher.

Rosal grew up knowing a girl who was born profoundly deaf and unable to communicate. "Because of her, that's how it started. I said, Okay, I really would like to be an instrument, so that the community will understand people like [her]," she says. "I saw the needs even when I was small. I really said, Okay, when I become a teacher I...

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