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And the Herb Garrett Legislative Advocacy Award goes to - Debi Keane

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HENRY COUNTY, GA - Debi Keane, Executive Director of Student Support Services for Henry County Schools earns the Herb Garrett Advocacy Award for 2014 from the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education (G-CASE). Presented at the G-CASE Conference recognizing Keane’s contributions helping Students with Disabilities. The award namesake is former Henry County Schools Superintendent Herb Garret (1997-2000) who also held various Georgia advocacy positions after leaving the district.

Keane, taken aback by the recognition, as it arrives after five years of service, as the Legislative Committee Chair for G-CASE, and many years of advocacy for Students-with-Disabilities. The award is a nice capstone for Keane’s 36th year in education. After three-years in Henry County, she is set to retire at the end of this school year.

“I felt honored,” shared Keane. “Through the work realized and many accomplishments experienced, I can see how our group’s legislative activities have impacted students around the state.”

Philip Mellor, past G-CASE president and current Area South Executive Officer for School Leadership with Henry County Schools, testified to Keane’s work in her field.

“Through Debi’s leadership and hard work, the organization developed several positions, promoted our legislative priorities, and made progress advocating for important issues that impact students with disabilities,” said Mellor. “She was an active presence at the Gold Dome and a constant source of inspiration for our G-CASE Executive Committee.”

Jimmy Pitzer, Coordinator in the Department for Exceptional Students with Walton County Schools, entered the nomination. Pitzer demonstrated that Keane was a highly dedicated professional with extensive and comprehensive history in the field of supporting students with disabilities, and was Keane’s experience that played a large role in benefiting those groups and individuals she set out to help.

“Through all of these professional experiences, Deborah has worked to promote the advancement of students with disabilities – implementing direct support to students, teaching and supporting other professionals working with students with disabilities, writing curriculum, coordinating programs for drop-out prevention and high school improvement/redesign, and promoting co-teaching,” shared Pitzer.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit here.

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