Dr. Luann Purcell Scholarship for Continuing Education Established


Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. (CASE) honors Dr. Luann Purcell with $1,000 annual continuing education scholarship to cultivate the next generation of educators

The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) announced at its fall conference last week the initiation of the Dr. Luann Purcell Scholarship for Continuing Education, intended to encourage aspiring special education administrators to continue their pursuit of excellence in the field.

Dr. Luann Purcell, a member of Amplio’s advisory council, is a lifelong educator, advocate, and leader. During her career as a public school educator in Georgia, Dr. Purcell served as a teacher for both general and special education students, regional coordinator, and as a district administrator. After retiring from her position as assistant superintendent for student services in the Houston County School District, Dr. Purcell led national CASE as executive director for seventeen years. In that role, she consulted with and advised administrators on best practices for leadership and the development of quality programs for students with disabilities. She is currently the president of Luann Purcell, LLC and consults with and is a strategic analyst for education and professional organizations.

“As CASE Executive Director, Dr. Purcell worked tirelessly to share best practices in providing supports and services for students with disabilities,” the organization said in a statement. “She inspired CASE members to network and collaborate so that they might build strong state units. She then supported those state units at the national level through her guidance, presence, and dedication to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.”

Dr. Purcell is directly responsible for transforming the CASE organization into the leading, international, professional group that it is today. The hard work, dedication, and love that Dr. Purcell gave throughout her career set the stage for CASE to be at the forefront of every significant discussion involving the education of students with disabilities.

The Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. (CASE) acknowledges the need for a professional association to recognize outstanding individuals among the ranks of its members as well as individuals whose accomplishments have improved the field of special education. CASE has established awards for which nominations are annually solicited from the membership.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for the Dr. Luann Purcell Scholarship for Continuing Education, you can apply directly on the CASE organization website. Instructions can be found here. The deadline to apply is June 1 of every year.  Scholarship(s) will be awarded at the CASE Annual Conference held each fall.

If you are interested in helping educators achieve their goals in special education administration, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Dr. Luann Purcell Scholarship fund by emailing office@casecec.org for more information.

Julie Zuckerman

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Julie Zuckerman has over two and a half decades of experience in executive marketing and product marketing roles at technology companies. Her debut novel, The Book of Jeremiah, was published in 2019.

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