FLINT TWP. — The Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) recently selected Jennifer Lee, Principal of Genesee Intermediate School District’s Early Childhood Programs and Services, to receive the 2010 Regional Honors award. Lee accepted the award at the MEMSPA 85th Annual State Conference. Teachers, administrators and school board members were on hand to celebrate the prestigious award.
As principal of GISD’s Early Childhood Programs and Services, Lee combines her passion for serving students with special needs, and school and program administration. Lee received a bachelor’s of science in education from Central Michigan University with endorsements in Cognitive Impairment and Reading. While working as a special education teacher at Montrose Community Schools, she pursued her master of arts in education from Eastern Michigan University, receiving further endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Teacher Consultant.
Lee contributes her talents to the Genesee County Special Education Directors and the Great Start Collaborative. She became a trainer in Ruby Payne’s “Framework for Understanding Poverty,” presenting at several school districts. Lee also presented at MEMSPA’s New and Aspiring Principals conferences in 2003 and 2004. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint for an Early Childhood Education, Special Needs course.
MEMSPA is an association of more than 1,200 members statewide dedicated to serving principals primarily through professional development and advocacy. Lee was recognized for her educational leadership and has committed herself to enriching the educational lives of the students she serves. This regional award is presented to a single administrator in each of 14 MEMSPA regions in Michigan. Lee merited such recognition by nomination from her peers, and approval by the region’s executive board. — Natalie Blythe