Three special education teachers were recognized Wednesday night at the Washington School Board meeting.

School officials said the teachers have participated in a successful two-year partnership with Lindamood-Bell and earned recognition as instructional leaders by Lindamood-Bell.

The teachers are Debbie Brewer, Clearview Elementary; Katie Fischer, South Point Special Elementary; and Terri Safdari, Washington West Elementary.

The teachers have gone through extensive training, including 16 weeks of onsite coaching over the last two years and have provided over 1,416 hours of direct student services over the course of the partnership.

Safdari told the board that she’s seen a significant increase in reading and comprehension in students she works with.

“I work with some of the most struggling readers in our school and now they’ve moved on to the next intervention,” she said. “They have more self confidence and they participate in the classroom. They’re overall more well-rounded and much happier.”

Brewer thanked the school board for offering the professional development.

Officials said this partnership has resulted in a high level of implementation utilizing Lindamood-Bell intervention programs.

The 2012-13 implementation year resulted in statistically significant increases for all participating students in the areas of reading fluency and reading comprehension, officials noted.