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District Welcomes New Special Education Supervisor

At its meeting on Nov. 16, the Great Valley Board of School Directors approved the appointment of La’Keidra McDougal as the supervisor of special education at the secondary level. McDougal most recently served as a supervisor of special education in the Chester Upland School District. Her previous experience includes roles as an assistant principal, director of special education and pupil services, special education teacher, and elementary/middle school teacher.

McDougal’s most recent work focused on using student data to make informed decisions related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She oversaw early intervention to school-age transition and programming, facilitated curriculum development, and facilitated staff development and the development of procedures for teachers to implement curriculum. As a liaison to parents, care providers and district personnel, and community agencies, McDougal ensured adherence to all school, state, and federal regulations and procedures by closely monitoring the development and implementation of student Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

“The focus of my work and my life is to ensure I am of service to others,” said McDougal. “I believe all students are born with potential and possibility. As educators, the course of action we take to foster students' abilities will determine the trajectory of their lives. My 17 years of experience in education – in both charter and district school sectors – has prepared me for this role in Great Valley. I am grateful for this opportunity, and am excited to work with Great Valley families and staff to continue and enhance the good efforts that are already happening.”

“Our interview team was extremely impressed with Dr. McDougal’s knowledge about and commitment to quality special educational programs for students and families,” said Assistant Superintendent Joanna Wexler. “Her passion, energy, and kindness drew us to her for this position. She has a broad range of experience across all levels.  We are truly excited to welcome her to our team.” 

McDougal earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands, her master’s degree in special education from Cheyney University, and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Cheyney University. She holds instructional certification in K-6, as well as in special education, and is also certified as a principal, K-12.