Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities – Early Career Special Educator of the Year

Mr. Aaron Brown, a 7th-grade inclusion teacher from Oscar Smith Middle School (OSM), has been selected as the 2022 Early Career Special Educator by the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD). 

This award honors teachers in the first two to five years of their career who have achieved levels in teaching, leadership, and/or advocacy for students with learning disabilities considered exceptional for an early career educator. 

Mr. Aaron Brown from Oscar Smith Middle School is the 2022 Early Career Special Educator by the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities.Mr. Brown has demonstrated a natural ability to connect with students with learning disabilities and has exhibited expertise in simultaneously delivering core content instruction and managing classroom behaviors in a calm, positive manner. His proactive approach to communication has cultivated outstanding relationships with parents, staff, and students. 

In only his second year as a special education teacher, Mr. Brown has become an integral part of the OSM team, and his positive energy and warm smile can be seen at school events, athletic competitions, and Saturday remediation sessions.  Mr. Brown’s impact led to his being selected as the school’s founding sponsor of the “Men of Excellence” club. He also provides homebound services to students, assists with afterschool programs, and serves as a virtual case manager.  

Mr. Brown was formally recognized at the annual VCLD Symposium at Virginia Wesleyan University on May 21, 2022.


The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) is a statewide organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy within the Commonwealth. VCLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning. For more information, visit VCLD’s website at vcld.org