Prairie Lakes AEA Staff Member Receives I-CASE Award

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency Special Education Consultant Julie Meyer has received a Distinguished Service award by the Iowa Council of Administrators of Special Education.

The award is presented to individuals making significant contributions to programs and services for students with disabilities. Meyer was nominated by Prairie Lakes AEA Regional Administrator Valerie Jergens.

“Julie has worked as a special education consultant for schools within Prairie Lakes AEA, served as the special education consultant department chairperson, and taken on many leadership roles over the course of her career,” Jergens says.

Jergens noted Meyer’s understanding of systems work, her purposeful relationship building, and her willingness to ask for and act on feedback about her work. As the leader of the department, Meyer was part of the mentoring and induction of new consultants. Her support for these people included both high expectations for learning and practice, and caring for them.

“Through all of her work, Julie never lost focus on the purpose of the work being impact on children’s lives,” Jergens says.

The Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency serves school districts in counties including Buena Vista, Calhoun, Clay, Pocahontas, and Sac.

(Pictured above…Julie Meyer, center, was honored forDistinguished Service by the Iowa Council of Administrators of Special Education (I-CASE). Presenting the award is Chris Wells, right, who is the I-CASE secretary. Meyer was nominated by Valerie Jergens, left)



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