Flagler Schools Teacher Earns Statewide Award

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 3:24pm

Dr. Kimberli Halliday was recently named the winner of the 2016 “Making a Difference” Award from the state’s Division on Career Development and Transition (FLDCD). She was chosen for her work in establishing the successful “TRAIL” program for Flagler Schools.

Of the honor, Dr. Halliday says “Being recognized by our state transition organization (FLDCDT) for work that doesn't feel like "work" with people who make our day to day efforts a pleasure, rendered me absolutely speechless.  I love what I do.”

In nominating Dr. Halliday for the award, Dr. Tracy Umpenhour, the Director of Exceptional Student Education highlighted Dr. Halliday’s “passion and devotion which makes a difference and results in the significant benefit to others.”

TRAIL stands for Transitioning youth with disabilities to Real vocational opportunities through Action planning and Individualized Learning. Its goal is to help students with disabilities, ages 18 to 22 find meaningful jobs, which are aligned with their individual skills and abilities.

In addition to her work with Flagler Schools, Dr. Halliday also is a past president and treasurer of the FLDCDT. She is the organization’s representative on the Committee for Education of Exceptional Students, which works with state lawmakers in Tallahassee to ensure students with disabilities have a voice in the Statehouse.

(Dr. Halliday and her TRAIL students)