The MCEC Board of Director’s annually awards the Dr. William Cruickshank Award. This award is our highest professional honor and is nominated and chosen by MCEC’s Board of Directors.
This award is the highest award given by the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children and was named for a pioneer in special education. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities.
2022 Professional Service Award Winner:
Wendy Minor, Council of Administrators of Special Education, Retired
The Board of Directors of the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) is pleased to award this year’s Dr. William Cruikshank Award to Wendy Minor. This is MCEC’s highest award, and it is awarded to “an individual who has made significant contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities.” Wendy is certainly deserving of this honor. The following information was provided by several of Wendy’s colleagues.
Wendy has had many roles in the field of special education, including:
• a teacher for students with cognitive impairments
• an infant/toddler educator
• an Early On/Child Find coordinator
• a special education supervisor and monitor
Through all these roles, Wendy has shown many admirable qualities. First, and foremost, Wendy is an advocate for students with disabilities. Wendy facilitates family involvement in the IEP process. She also facilitates families and educators working as a team when planning ad providing special education services. Her goal and focus is on meeting each student’s educational needs.
Wendy is also described as a collaborator. Collaboration may be through an IEP team, or with many agencies and organizations including the:
• Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education
• Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)
• State Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
• Council of Administrators of Special Education
• Region Three Special Education Monitors
• MCEC Honors and Awards Committee
Within these organizations Wendy has had several leadership roles.
• Served on the Executive Board of MCEC for four years
• Was president of MCEC for two years
• Was vice-chairperson of the MCEC Scholarship Foundation
• Has also been the chair of the MCEC Honors and Awards Committee
• Was MCEC’s representative to SEAC
• Finally, she has worked with neighboring districts to develop systems for functional behavioral assessments as well as positive behavioral interventions and supports
David Manson, Superintendent of Van Buren Intermediate School District and Katy Holverstott, Director of Special Education, summarize her leadership skills as follows. “Wendy has an innate ability to not only listen, but to make others feel heard.”
Wendy’s peers noted several other qualities that further define her as an exemplary special educator. These include: kindness, patience, availability, professionalism, expertise, honesty and integrity.
Through her involvement and leadership, Wendy has made a tremendous impact on the education and success of students with disabilities.