WV Department of Education Employee Honored For Work with Children with Exceptionalities

April 29, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education applauds one of its own employees for her work with children. Kay Johnston was honored with the 2004 Special Friend of Children Award at the West Virginia School Psychologists Association Conference in April.  


“This prestigious award is presented each year by the organization to a person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the children in West Virginia,” said Toni Parsons, President of the Association.  

During her tenure with the Office of Special Education, Johnston has applied her leadership skills to the provision of high quality technical assistance and professional development for school personnel statewide. Because of her efforts, districts have been able to improve services and results for children with exceptionalities.  

Among her duties as Coordinator with the Office of Special Education, Johnston implements the Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring System, reviews out-of-state residential facilities where West Virginia children are placed by DHHR, examines building plans and facilities as they relate to special education, and evaluates school transportation for special education students. In addition, Johnston coordinates the Fall Conferences for local special education directors as well as quarterly Leadership Seminars.  

A Kanawha County native, Johnston graduated from DuPont High School. She continued her education at West Virginia University where she earned her bachelor of science degree in secondary education. She later earned a master of science degree in mental retardation from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Kay also has certifications in Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Disorders and Educational Administration.  

The Office of Special Education is proud of each of its employees and celebrates with them as they are recognized for their outstanding contributions to public education.

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