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MCEC Student Board

Meet Your 2023-2024 Student Board

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Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Mack and I am a senior at Central Michigan University. I am double majoring in Elementary Education for grades PK-3rd and Special Education with a focus in Cognitive Impairments, as well as minoring in Leadership. I am currently pre-student teaching for special education this semester and general education for the Spring semester. I am so excited to begin my actual student teaching next Fall and am planning to graduate in the Spring of 2024. I have held leadership positions within other education-related organizations on CMU’s campus, such as serving as the previous President and current Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society of Education, as well as serving as the President of our Connections that Count organization. This will be my second year serving on the Student Board for MCEC. I look forward to another year on this board as I work alongside fellow members who share the same passion for pursuing a career within the special education field.


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Hello! My name is Hannah Firos and I am a second year senior at Central Michigan University. I am a Secondary Special Education Major (CI) with an English Minor. This fall I am student teaching in a middle school MiCI Special Education classroom in Greenville, MI. I will be graduating this December 2023. I am very excited to be entering the profession as a first year teacher! In the past, I have held a leadership position as the Treasurer/Fundraising Chair for Kappa Delta Pi from 2021-2022. This will be my second year on the MCEC Student Board and I cannot wait to collaborate with my fellow board members and create amazing experiences for other students at this year’s conference!



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Hello! My name is Calle Faerber and I am a senior at Grand Valley State University. I’m double majoring in elementary and special education, with endorsements in Cognitive and Emotional impairments. I am also a part of the Honors College and on the executive board for Grand Valley’s chapter of the Student CEC. I’m very interested in research within special education and I have conducted my own research, as well as currently assisting a faculty member at GV with their research. This is my first year on the student board for MCEC and I am looking forward to working with this great group of passionate educators.


Kelsea McConnell

Hi everyone! My name is Kelsea McConnell and I am a senior at Grand Valley State University. I am majoring in Elementary and Special Education with endorsements in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Impairments. I am currently student teaching in Jenison, Michigan with students in 1st-4th grade with Cognitive Impairments. I am passionate about teaching individuals with disabilities and I am looking forward to becoming a teacher. This is my first year serving on the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children student board, and I am so excited to work closely with others who share the same passion as I do!



Joni Vernia

Hello! I’m the student advisor for the CEC-S board!  I have been with MCEC for 20 years! I’ve been teaching for 15.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree from CMU #FireUpChips and my Masters Degree from EMU.  I work for Jackson County ISD and love going to work everyday!







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Last Updated:  24 October, 2022

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