David Lindeman, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and LSI at Parsons Director, is surrounded by colleagues gathered on a sunny day in March to celebrate the Award of Excellence that was presented to him by the Kansas Division of Early Childhood (KDEC) during the 2013 KDEC annual conference earlier this year.
In the picture: front row, from left: Karen Lawson, Phoebe Rinkel, David Lindeman, Misty Goosen, Kim Page, Peggy Miksch; middle, from left: Jerry Rea, Laura Doyle-Colvin, Teri Pearce, Jolene Bearden, Chris Miller, DeeDee LeFever, Kristi Nelson, Kathy Olson, Carol Cummings; back row, left: Kate Saunders, Carlos Sanchez, Lou Ann White, John von Wedell, Cynthia Huebner, Debbie Moody, Peggy Gentry, Nancy Juhlin, Sam Hoard, DeLisa Hoppes, Chelie Nelson, Tony Grady, Sandy Hill. Not pictured, Laura Hanigan, Tammy Schoenhofer, Patty Moore.
Phoebe Rinkel, KITS Trainer and 2010 KDEC Award of Excellence honoree, spoke at the Parsons' reception and ended her comments with this, "Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done." Tracy Kidder, Among Schoolchildren (1990).
And while this may be true, it seems that those who know Dave Lindeman are quite clear about the good he has done. This is, after all, his second KDEC Award of Excellence. In her letter of support for this 2013 award, Colleen Riley, Director, Early Childhood Special Education Title Services Team, Kansas State Department of Education wrote, "Through his long-term involvement in KDEC and other early childhood organizations, Dr. Lindeman provides not only a critical historical perspective, but also a strong understanding of the current needs and potential future solutions to meet those ongoing needs of children, families, and service providers in the area of special education. His knowledge has provided the foundation for many past, current, and very likely future innovations and initiatives that will continue to improve the outcomes for children and families in Kansas."
The impact of Dr. Lindeman's professional contributions are felt nation wide as well. Long-time collaborator, Juliann Woods, Ph.D., Florida State University, wrote in her letter of support, "Dave's contributions to an innovative and sustainable professional development system provide a national model that is enviable and frequently adapted or replicated by other states and programs. Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) has proven to be a flexible model that expands and contracts with the needs of the state, addresses both new as well as ongoing PD needs, and always keeps outcomes for children and families at the forefront of decision making."
Congratulations Dave Lindeman!
For more information, see the recent KITS newsletter article, page 4, Vol 22, Issue #2, Spring 2013.