Special Education Leader Earns Her Peers’ Praise

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Irene White, center, with fellow school psychologists, from left, Emily Chaddock, Grace Jones, , Debby Nash, Luisa Mossa, Lila Samia and Bradley Rush.
Irene White, center, with fellow school psychologists, from left, Emily Chaddock, Grace Jones, , Debby Nash, Luisa Mossa, Lila Samia and Bradley Rush.

Irene White, director of special education for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, was named Special Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators Region 17, which covers Orange County.

Administrators are selected by the organization for their outstanding performance and achievement in their respective categories.

“She deserves the recognition for her tireless efforts to support our students and staff in providing a supportive learning environment,”Superintendent Jason Viloria said in a statement. “She is focused on continuously improving our programs in LBUSD and I am privileged to work with such a great educator.”

White was nominated by school psychologist, Luisa Mossa, and surprised when it was announced.

“I am truly honored by the recognition and excited about the work currently in progress in our district,” said White, an 11-year district employee. “My dedication to our schools remains strong and I am wholeheartedly committed to engage and lead our ongoing efforts in improving outcomes for students.”

Region-wide award recipients will be acknowledged by the administrators organization on May 7 in Irvine.

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