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OT Spotlight – Emily Stone, State Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Emily has created a website designed to provide OTPs with information about the expanded core curriculum (ECC). This resource can be used to facilitate guidance with assessment and treatment planning for students with visual impairment or blindness. It provides information about a variety of areas that OTPs can support within the school setting that many general practitioners and teachers may not be aware. The website can be found at Expanding Horizons.

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Empowering Students with Visual Impairment through the Expanded Core

OT Spotlight – Emily Stone, State Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Emily has created a website designed to provide OTPs with information about the expanded core curriculum (ECC). This resource can be used to facilitate guidance with assessment and treatment planning for students with visual impairment or blindness. It provides information about a variety of areas that OTPs can support within the school setting that many … Continued

Nancy Byrd

OT Spotlight – Nancy Byrd, Guilford County Schools!

Nancy Byrd will be retiring from the Guilford County Schools (GCS) Occupational Therapy department on September 30th. She has been with GCS for 15 years – and has had an OT career spanning 41 years! Nancy has worked in adult and pediatric in-patient acute and rehabilitation settings as well as out-patient, home care, and hand therapy, … Continued

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OT Month “Proud to be an OT” Results

See the results from the OT Month Menti Poll below. If you would like to participate, the poll is still open: I feel proud to be an OT/OTA when I….

Purple Heart with the words: Occupational Therapy, Empowering Everyday Living #OTMonth

OT Spotlight: April is OT Month!

April is Occupational Therapy Month – thank you school-based OT practitioners for all you do to support students, families, staff, administrators, and communities across NC! Check out the AOTA OT Month Resources for ways to celebrate and promote our profession. In celebration of #OTMonth: What makes you proud to be an OT/OTA?

Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim

OT Spotlight – Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim, Guilford County Schools!

Manashi Chakrabartty-Lim, OTR/L, will be retiring this summer after 24 years with Guilford County Schools at the wonderful age of 70! She is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Australia, having started her work life as a special education teacher in Singapore. Manashi started her OT career in Florida and has worked as … Continued

Meg Harris

OT Spotlight – Meg Harris, Guilford County Schools!

Meg is completing her fourteenth year as an OT with Guilford County Schools and her sixth year as Lead OT. In her role as Lead OT, one of Meg’s passions is creating or improving processes that encourage OT professional growth to better serve our students, teachers, and schools. Two years ago, after realizing that OTs … Continued

Amy Flowers standing in front of returement celebration banner

OT Spotlight – Amy Flowers, Pitt County Schools!

Amy Flowers, OTR/L is retiring from Pitt County Schools after working 22 years in the district. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Amy has been an unsung hero, modeling student advocacy from the beginning … Continued

OT Spotlight – Heather Newhart, Hoke County Schools!

Heather Newhart joined our EC preschool team 2 years ago right before the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Mrs. Newhart brought to our district a wealth of occupational therapy knowledge and experience. Throughout the past 2 years Mrs. Newhart has work diligently as a team member to help build awareness of the need for occupational … Continued

Brittany Howard

OT Spotlight – Brittany Howard, Catawba County Schools!

Brittany Howard is in the OT lead in Catawba County Schools. She goes above and beyond to support her fellow clinicians and ensure OT services within our district are top-notch. She collaborates with many providers across disciplines and never hesitates to provide and implement innovative ideas, strategies, and resources to better our district and ultimately … Continued

Jenny Holland, Cumberland County Schools

OT Spotlight – Jenny Holland, Cumberland County Schools!

OT Spotlight – Jenny Holland, Cumberland County Schools! I would to spotlight Jenny Holland for the invaluable role she plays on our team and in our community as a resource for sensory processing issues. Jenny says that she has “always had a passion for sensory processing and how it is an integral part of functioning and … Continued

Congratulations Educators of Excellence!

OT Spotlight – Educators of Excellence! During the 70th Conference on Exceptional Children in November 2021, nearly 100 educators from across the state were recognized as Educators of Excellence by their public school units. Several occupational therapy practitioners across the state received this award. We are proud of you and grateful for your work! Congratulations to … Continued

Katherine McLean, Cumberland County Schools

OT Spotlight – Katherine McLean, Cumberland County Schools!

Katherine McLean -Fieldwork program coordinator for the OT department in Cumberland County Schools. Fieldwork experiences are critical for students and the profession of Occupational Therapy. Our department is dedicated to providing OT students from across the state and nation with quality learning opportunities. Katherine works diligently each year with academic FW coordinators and our staff … Continued


Please submit nominations for OT Spotlight using the form below.

Each entry should be an example of best practice and include contact information, a brief description, and a picture to be shared with the field. Any pictures with identifiable individuals must have previously obtained permission. Practitioners may send in an example from their own practice or recognize other practitioners/departments with prior obtained permission.

We will strive to showcase an entry each week; however, this will be dependent upon the volume of entries and participation from the field. Entries will be selected based on meeting the inclusion criteria, relevant themes that may develop, and the discretion of the Consultant for OT. Selected entries should not be viewed as “winners” in a competition.

We look forward to showcasing best practices in North Carolina!

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