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Dr. Carrie Spangler named as 2022 Kathe Shelby Leadership Award Recipient

Summit ESC is pleased to announce Lead Educational Audiologist, Dr. Carrie Spangler, is the 2022 recipient of the Kathe Shelby Leadership Reward presented at OCALICONLINE 2022.


This annual award “recognizes an outstanding special education leader in Ohio who demonstrates exceptional and effective skills in improving the quality of special education programming for Ohio’s school children”. Kathe Shelby served as director of the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children from 2008-2011. The award was created to honor Kathe after her passing in 2011 for her dedication and respect toward children with special needs, their parents, special and general education, related services personnel, and school administrators


“For me, being the one and only who was deaf/hard of hearing in my family and my school community created hardships, but also created opportunities to overcome challenges and build grit and determination.  I am continuously grateful for my personal journey as it led me to a purposeful and passionate career of educational audiology,” shared Dr. Spangler.


Dr. Spangler has over 20 years of audiological experience overseeing the expansion of educational audiology services, Medina, Portage, and Mahoning counties. As Lead Educational Audiologist at Summit ESC, Dr. Spangler provides audiology services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing across the 34 districts Summit ESC serves. Educational equality is large goal of Summit ESC and Dr. Spangler excels in providing services to students in need while also working to influence public policy legislation.


Krisin Fazio, Summit ESC Director of Student Services & Wellness shares about Carrie, “I have had the privilege of working with Carrie since she joined Summit ESC in 2015. Her energy, advocacy and  passion for the field of Educational Audiology is unwavering, and has made Summit ESC the “go-to” place for anyone looking for ways to support students with hearing loss.  I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this award.”


To learn more about OCALICONLINE 2022, the Kathe Shelby Leadership Award, or Dr. Spangler, visit https://conference.ocali.org/awards/kathe-shelby.  


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