Council for Exceptional Children honors Lynn’s Ross College of Education

Lynn University’s Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education is making an impression on the teaching community. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities, appointed Jennifer Lesh to its executive board and recognized alumna and doctorate student Marie-Cecile Heinze.

CEC Palm Beach Chapter award ceremony
Jennifer Lesh, Allie Ballin, Marie-Cecile Heinz and Juliet Bliss at the CEC Palm Beach Chapter award ceremony

Heinze, a 2016 graduate of Lynn’s exceptional student education master’s program and current educational leadership doctoral student, was selected 2016 Rookie Teacher of the Year by the CEC Palm Beach Chapter board. The award recognized her exemplary work in educating students with disabilities, as well as her commitment and dedication to furthering exceptional education. She was presented the award at the Oct. 19 Palm Beach County Schools District board meeting.

Heinze currently teaches pre-kindergarten at the Palm Beach School for Autism in Lantana, Florida. Her research interests include emerging curriculum specifically for students with autism and the use iPad technology.

Lesh, assistant professor of exceptional student education in the Ross College of Education, was elected to a non-designated member-at-large position on the CEC Executive Board of Directors. The position runs until Dec. 31, 2018. The executive board is the CEC organization’s administrative, general legislative and policy making body. It establishes strategic direction for CEC, addresses issues of concern and sets policy. Prior to being elected to this position, Jennifer served as the CEC’s representative assembly committee chairperson for three years.

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