GEORGETOWN — Dan Jones, a special-education teacher at High Road School of Sussex County, was recently named a regional winner in Specialized Education Services Inc.’s (SESI) Teacher of the Year Program.

“My personal philosophy on learning and education is that nothing in life comes easy. Hard work and determination are the foundation for any success,” Mr. Jones said.

The Lewes resident has been at High Road for four years and focuses on the behavioral needs of some of the more demanding classrooms (students ages 13-19). Outside of his teaching duties, he also works as a domestic violence counselor.

The Teacher of the Year initiative honors innovative educators who lead by example with an unmatched level of dedication to supporting all students. The annual recognition program celebrates teachers who exemplify high-quality, evidence-based instruction at SESI, while recognizing the importance of equitable education for all its students.

High Road School of Sussex County decisively and compassionately bridges the gap in education for students who present a range of challenges. The staff follows the road map of a student’s individual education program to guide and track the academic and behavioral progress of the student body. Individualized programming is aided by such High Road School tools as hand-tailored lesson plans, small class sizes, personalized attention and positive reinforcement.