A current UCA undergraduate student and a UCA alumnus were both honored at the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children banquet held during the annual conference on October 28, 2015.
Leann Hammett, a UCA undergraduate student majoring in elementary education and special education, was awarded the AR-Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Student Member Award. This award is given to any Student CEC member who has demonstrated a strong dedication to the goals and ideals of Student CEC and has shown a commitment to putting those ideals into action by promoting the education and well-being of individuals in Arkansas with disabilities. Leann is in her Internship II semester and has served as president of the AR-CEC organization for the past year.
Heidi Wilson, Principal at Anne Watson Elementary in Bigelow and a UCA alumnus, was awarded the AR-Council for Exceptional Children Donna Reed Award for Administrators. The award was established for the purpose of recognizing individuals who in their performance of administrative duties serve or promote the welfare of persons with disabilities. Heidi was recognized at the annual AR-CEC awards banquet during the fall conference. Heidi’s contributions to the children and Anne Watson Elementary in Bigelow are numerous. Her willingness to invite UCA elementary and special education majors to come into her schools and provide interventions for her students is just one of the ways she helps build and foster the relationships between pre-service and in service teachers. Her ongoing commitment to her students and field is to be commended.