Annette R. Gaitan, a special education teacher for Turner Unified School District in Kansas City, Kan., has joined the Board of Directors of the Council for Exceptional Children. Gaitan began her three-year term (2013–2015) on Jan. 1.
CEC is the premier membership organization for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The 15-member board serves as the organization’s administrative, general legislative and policy making body, establishing strategic direction for CEC, addressing issues of concern and setting policy.
Gaitan has been a CEC member for more than 10 years. Her contributions include serving as the Kansas CEC representative to the CEC Representative Assembly (2010–present) and the Kansas CEC transition coordinator (2001–2006). She is also a past president of the Kansas CEC. In 2011, Gaitan won the Kansas CEC Special Educator of the Year.
Gaitan earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Jackson State University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.