Grace College seniors Elizabeth Freeman and AnnKelly Myers were awarded for excellence in pursuit of a career in special education at the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention in Indianapolis on Sept. 27.
Dr. Cheryl Bremer, Grace College CEC faculty advisor and associate professor in the School of Education, is a CEC executive board member and presented the students with their awards. “We’re proud of the exemplary efforts Liz and AnnKelly have put into their education and the passion with which they are pursuing a career in special education.”
Elizabeth Freeman was presented the 2017 Outstanding Student Member of the Year award. She is a senior from Waukesha, Wis., studying elementary and special education. Currently, Freeman student teaches elementary special education at Claypool Elementary School.
“Liz has been a CEC member since 2015, which was her first year at Grace,” said Bremer. “In 2016 and 2017, Liz was president of the Grace College Student CEC Chapter. She served in this role wholeheartedly and with great devotion. She built a leadership team that was extremely effective.”
Under Freeman’s leadership, the Grace College CEC chapter led multiple outreach events in the community, at local schools, and on campus. Her example of caring for people with disabilities was reflected in her job at Cardinal Services, her coursework and her leadership in CEC.
AnnKelly Myers was awarded the 2017 Dr. William Littlejohn Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing licensing in special education. The recipient is chosen based on the student’s dedication to the principle and high professional standards of Dr. William Littlejohn, a founding national executive director of CEC.
Myers is a Grace College elementary and special education teacher candidate from Smithville, Ohio, and will be student teaching at Leesburg Elementary School in the spring.
“Not only has she maintained academic excellence in the classroom,” said Bremer, “but she leads by serving.” AnnKelly was vice president of the Grace College Council for Exceptional Children chapter and presented with her peers at the national CEC convention.”
In 2016, Myers won the CEC Board Member of the Year Award and the Grace College School of Education Micah 6:8 Award which recognizes a teacher education major who most reflects the school’s conceptual framework of character, competence, and service.
CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards and professional development. This year, Grace College’s CEC chapter is led by third-year student Elizabeth Mikel. The chapter meets regularly and serves at many locations in the community.