For more than 50 years, the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE) members have worked tirelessly on improving the lives of students with disabilities. The mission of ICASE is to serve, support and represent special education administrators in Indiana in order to provide high impact learning opportunities for all students. One goal of ICASE is to build capacity among its members and continue to develop future leaders in special education.
To do this, ICASE awards $1000.00 scholarships to those individuals who are interested in becoming administrators in special education. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be nominated by a current special education director and enrolled in a special education licensing program.
2019 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Joel Luckey received a Bachelors of Science from Manchester College in 2006 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. It was during his undergraduate years that he discovered that he had a passion to work with students with Emotional Disabilities and behavioral challenges. Driven to better understand behavior and approaches to create socially significant outcomes for students, he enrolled in Ball State’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program under the leadership of Dr. Jerome Ulman. In 2012, he received his Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2013, he became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst under the supervisor of Dr. Cathy Pratt. He will complete his Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure through Ball State University in the summer of 2019.
Joel began his teaching career at West Noble Middle School in the Emotional Disabilities program for the Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative 6 years ago. He continued teaching with NEISEC for the next 5 years in the Emotional Disabilities High School program at Central Noble High School. While there he helped establish their Unified Track Program and hosted the 2017 Sectional Track Meet. Most recently, he is Behavior Consultant/Diagnostician for NEISEC and the Autism Leader of Noble County. His major interest is in developing systems of support for learners with behavioral challenges that produce better outcomes for students once they reach adulthood. He feels blessed to have such a fulfilling career working with kids every day. He hopes that he is impacting students’ lives as much as they impact his.
He was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Karla Mettert, Noble County Director of Special Education-NEISEC and Alecia Pfefferkorn, Principal of Prairie Heights Elementary.
Michelle Robinson has been serving students in the field of education for sixteen years, with thirteen of those years being in the department of exceptional learners. She is currently a resource teacher at Central Elementary School in MSD of Pike Township, where she holds various leadership positions including, RTI coordinator, PBIS co-chair, social media coordinator, student ambassador coach and founder and coach for the Central Jammers dance team. Michelle is an alumni of Valparaiso University and the University of Indianapolis where she has earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Michelle continues to be a lifelong learner. She is currently attending Indiana University where she is pursuing her license to become a director of special education. She is also the mother of two beautiful children, Chelly and Shalon II.