He was presented the national award on November 16 at the 62nd Annual Conference of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The award is presented by NASDSE each year to an individual "who engages in service or actions of a humanitarian nature that exceed what one normally expects of a person in the discharge of his or her professional duties."
The sixth recipient of this national award, Dr. Valentine was presented the award by the previous honoree, Dr. Austin Tuning, associate superintendent for the Kentucky Department of Education.
Dr. Valentine is an active member in the American Council on Rural Special Education, the Council of Exceptional Children, and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. He has a Ph.D. in special education administration from Gallaudet University, and two master's degrees, one from the University of Maryland in child development and another from WVU in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Valentine also has a B.A. from Marshall University in sociology and a certificate in deafness from the University of Tennessee.