WV Department of Education Employee Honored For Commitment to Children

November 07, 2002

Dee BraleyCHARLESTON, W.Va- Dr. Dee Braley, Executive Director of Special Education, received the 2002 Special Friends of Children Award at the West Virginia School Psychologists Association Conference in October.  

“This prestigious award is presented each year by the organization to a person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the children in West Virginia and shown a commitment to the profession of school psychology,” said Charles Szasz, President of the Association for School Psychologists.  

Dr. Braley received her doctoral degree (Ed.D.) from Virginia Tech in Administration and Supervision. She has served as Executive Director of the Office of Special Education for four years. The association recognized her for leadership in the following areas: providing statewide Individualized Education Program forms; supplying each district with a discrepancy disk and conducting training on the program statewide; implementing the Medicaid reimbursement program which has reimbursed local education agencies 14.5 million dollars; supervising the Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support and Alternate Assessment training initiatives; establishing the quarterly Leadership Seminars for local administrators; developing the Principals’ Academy for special education; and changing the Special Education Directors Annual Meeting to focus on professional development for administrators.  

“Dr. Braley does an amazing job and we look forward to working with her in the future,” said Dr. Fred Krieg, professor of psychology at Marshall University Graduate College. “She supports our efforts to provide quality psychological services for the children of West Virginia.”  

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