Portsmouth woman named Special Education Director of the Year

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Association of Rhode Island Administrators of Special Education recently named Dr. Lisa Colwell as the 2018-2019 Special Education Director of the Year.

Dr. Colwell has made numerous contributions to the field of special education over the past 25 years. Presently, Dr. Colwell is the pupil personnel director for the town of Portsmouth.

Before taking on this role, Dr. Colwell served as a special education administrator for the Cumberland School Department for 10 years.

Dr. Colwell presently serves as the vice-president to ARIASE, is a coordinator of the mentoring program for new special education administrators, has been an adjunct professor at Rhode Island universities and currently serve as an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Peru State University in Nebraska.

She has also served on the Roger Williams University Program Advisory Board for Special Education, as well as many local and state committees related to leadership, educational initiatives, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

“Dr. Colwell is noted be a compassionate and supportive leader who is an innovator in the field and stops at nothing to provide students with the best programs and supports possible,” according to the Association of Rhode Island Administrators of Special Education.

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