April Siegel-Green First Recipient of the Kathe Shelby Leadership Award
April Siegel-Green, Director of Exceptional Children for Chardon Local Schools in Chardon, Ohio since 2007 was presented with the inaugural Kathe Shelby Leadership Award by Sue Zake, Director of the Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education, at Ohio’s Special Education Leadership Conference Award luncheon on September 23, 2012. Other nominees for the Award were also honored at the luncheon.
April began her career in 1985 as a DH/LD Resource Room, Inclusion Teacher in Xenia City School where she worked for 10 years. She then became Supervisor of Special Education by the Green County ESC in Yellow Springs, Ohio and later went on to serve as the Special Education Coordinator for the Orange City Schools in Pepper Pike until 2007 when she went to Chardon.
April has been actively involved and served as an officer in several organizations beginning with the years she was a student at BGSU. Some of the organizations are the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Ohio Association of Supervisors and Work Study Coordinators, and the Ohio and National Associations of Pupil Service Administrators. She has served on several OEC committees throughout her career and, since 2008 she has been a member of the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC).
Selected comments from those who nominated April and provided letters of support:
"April works tirelessly to support special education students and to provide them with the best possible learning experiences."
"April Siegel-Green is a visionary and strong advocate for providing unique and rewarding experiences for our students with special needs. She secured a variety of grants and partnerships to provide mental health service to our students and families of the community. She has a strong belief that providing a safe and nurturing environment will allow students to thrive in the classroom."
Named in honor of Kathe Shelby, the Director of the Office for Exceptional Children from 2008 – 2011, the Kathe Shelby Leadership Award will be presented to an Outstanding Special Education Leader during Ohio's Special Education Leadership Conference each year.