Berkley student services director receives award for her work – Daily Tribune

Berkley School District’s Director of Student Services received an award for her work in special education.

Heather Lackey recently received the annual Gwisdalla Award from the Oakland County Special Education Administrators (SEAOC).

Berkley Superintendent Scott Francis praised Lackey for his commitment to helping students with an individualized education program succeed in school and in life.

“One of her many strengths is her ability to problem solve with staff and parents to help a child learn and grow,” Francis said. “Heather provides strong leadership for a wonderful group of educators who do what’s best for children every day.”

Lackey is expected to become president of SEAOC next year, after serving as group secretary.

In a press release, Lackey reportedly developed a “reputation for doing what’s right for all students.”

Lackey, in a statement, said receiving the award was humbling and surprising.

“I feel that by accepting this award, I am representing my colleagues across the country for everyone’s dedication and fearless leadership during this difficult school year,” she said. “I am honored to work with educators who have continued to put students first in everything we do.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in school and community psychology from Wayne State University, and an education specialist certificate from Grand Valley State University.