Council for Exceptional Children Honors Augustana Senior

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana senior Kelsey Erickson is the recipient of the 2010 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Graduation Award-Undergraduate.

Erickson will receive a certificate of recognition and a cash award at the CEC Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., at the Student Forum on April 22, 2010. CEC’s Convention & Expo is the premier professional development event for special educators to connect, exchange, and grow.

“Kelsey performs at the highest level on all examinations and assignments, and she is a talented writer whose essays are both reflective and insightful,” said Dr. Mark Hallenbeck, Associate Professor of Special Education at Augustana. “She contributes enthusiastically to class discussions and takes leadership in group projects. In short, Kelsey demonstrates the intellect and insight demanded of an effective special educator.”

Erickson is currently student teaching in her hometown, Lakeville, Minn. She is majoring in special education and elementary education. She has been a Council for Exceptional Childrenmember of the Augustana Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) since the first semester of her freshman year. She has held the positions of treasurer, membership chair, and secretary, and currently serves as SCEC co-president.

“As an undergraduate, Kelsey has already published two articles in cooperation with two professors here at Augustana,” said Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education. “Her teaching related experience is very extensive with experiences in many settings working with students of varying abilities.”

Kelsey is the daughter of Nancy and Brian Erickson of Lakeville.

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

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