Special Education Leaders from WFSD Chosen for 2024 SCOPE Shinning Stars

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Ravi Seeram, Dr. Malasia Walker, and Michele Manion are the William Floyd School District’s 2024 SCOPE Shining Stars awardees. Three William Floyd school community members have been named 2024 SCOPE Education Services “Shining Stars” and will be recognized at the organization’s 23rd annual awards dinner on Monday, March 18. These three individuals, Dr. Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education; Michele Manion, Assistant Director of Special Education (secondary); and Ravi Seeram, Assistant Director of Special Education (elementary), have been chosen for their outstanding contributions to education and the William Floyd School District.

“Congratulations to this year’s honorees, Dr. Walker, Ms. Manion and Mr. Seeram, for their dedicated efforts in overseeing and directing the special education program across the district,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “They have done an outstanding job in ensuring that our special education students and families receive the attention they deserve and helping students on the path to success after graduation.”

Dr. Malasia Walker, Director of Special Education at William Floyd School District, has been a strong advocate for students with disabilities and has fostered relationships with parents to ensure active participation in the Committee on Special Education process. Over time, she has established a culture of advocacy for all communities and removed barriers to learning for pupils. Dr. Walker has managed a team that has driven the Special Education graduation rate to an all-time high. In doing so, she contributes to the district’s favorable trend of boosting graduation rates among all kids. She works relentlessly to achieve her goals and dreams.

Michele Manion, Assistant Director of Special Education (secondary), has helped the Special Education department increase the district’s graduation rate, including the historically high graduation percentage for students with disabilities. Ms. Manion is a lifelong learner who continues to expand her professional expertise to meet the demands of instructional leadership, even after 22 years with the district. Ms. Manion sincerely cares about the success of those around her. Others often seek her guidance since they know she will listen closely and provide direction. She genuinely cares about her coworkers, teachers, kids, and parents, and will definitely do so throughout her career.
Above all, Ms. Manion is an ethical professional who makes significant contributions to the William Floyd School District.

Ravi Seeram, Assistant Director of Special Education (elementary), has shown steadfast dedication to children throughout his career. He leads by example and has advocated for an inclusive education for all pupils. Mr. Seeram is beloved by families since he frequently supports them throughout some of their most difficult decisions. He has developed these ties because the parents with whom he works trust that he has their children’s best interests at heart.

Throughout his career, Mr. Seeram has worked relentlessly on behalf of students with disabilities, including assisting district staff and working with outside parties. He is regarded as a valuable resource and a unique thinker who meets the demands of those with whom he works. He is also a member of the team responsible for the department’s greatest graduation rate.

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