Boudreaux wins award for Options program

CHARLESTON—Martine Boudreaux has earned another prestigious honor for her work in Options, an inclusive education program at Bishop England High School for students with intellectual disabilities.

The 18-year teaching veteran recently received the Educational Excellence Award for significant contributions to American Catholic Secondary Education from the National Catholic Education Association at a ceremony in Florida.

Boudreaux, who has been recognized as an expert in differentiating instruction, behavior modification, and instructional technologies, introduced the Options program at Bishop England in 2007.

In 2009, she won the Edward M. Shaughnessy III National Inclusion Award. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Catholic Coalition for Special Education. She is also a national consultant on inclusive education for schools around the country.

Options has been in place for eight years, and nine students have graduated, with all but one entering a four-year university program.

Bishop England had six special needs students enrolled in 2009 when Boudreaux won her first award, and now has four freshmen and four sophomores for the 2014-15 school year.

Boudreaux also developed an Options Scholars course, which helps students develop peer relationships while serving as academic mentors for those with moderate cognitive disabilities. They learn about various types of disabilities, different learning styles, and effective instructional techniques.