Phoebe Rinkel, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), is the 2010 recipient of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood (KDEC) “Award of Excellence.” This award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of early childhood special education in Kansas. KDEC is the state subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), an international professional organization designed for professionals and families associated with infants and young children with special needs.
An early childhood special educator with 30 years experience, Phoebe works with infants and preschoolers with disabilities and their families in community not-for-profit programs, public schools, and university research projects. As the KITS Technical Assistance Coordinator, she provides consultation as well as intensive technical assistance and training to school districts and special education cooperatives building their capacity to provide effective services to preschoolers with disabilities and their families. She also serves on many state and national committees and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
Phoebe holds a M.S. Degree in Family and Child Development from Kansas State University with licensure in Early Childhood Disabilities and as Supervisor-Coordinator in Special Education in the State of Kansas. Phoebe and her husband Steve live in Shawnee, and are the proud parents of a son, Max, who graduated from KU in December.
In her acceptance letter to the KDEC Board, Phoebe wrote:
I have always been proud to belong to DEC and KDEC, and I am humbled by this recognition from my esteemed colleagues. I wish I could share this honor with the extraordinary mentors, team members, children and families with whom I have had the pleasure of working for the past 30 years. I am grateful to every one of them, and to you, my colleagues and friends.