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For Immediate Release: March 15, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

State special education director recognized for efforts

Ann Larsen, director of special education for the South Dakota Department of Education, is this year’s recipient of the Glenn I. Latham Award given by the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center. She was presented with the award at a meeting today in Pierre.

“Ann is highly respected not only in South Dakota but throughout the Mountain Plains region and the country,” said John Copenhaver, director of Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education, which is the umbrella center for the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center. “Ann is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of special education. She leads with her heart and always keeps the main thing the main thing—children and youth with disabilities.”

The Glenn I. Latham Award honors a state education agency staff person in the Mountain Plains region who demonstrates knowledge, wisdom and a passion to improve programs and services for children with disabilities. The Mountain Plains Region covers Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and the Bureau of Indian Education.

Larsen has served as South Dakota’s director of special education since 2005. Prior to that, she worked in the department’s Title III program.