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Greetings from the President

Dear Fellow CASE Members and Prospective CASE Members,

For those of you whom I have not had an opportunity to meet, my name is Cathy Dofka and I am the President of Florida CASE. In addition to being President of Florida CASE, I am also honored to be an active Board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Hernando and Pasco County, and also the Director of Exceptional Student Support Services for Hernando County.

As I begin my chapter as President of Florida CASE, I depend on you, the members, to work with me and the Board to continue to assist children with disabilities to succeed every day to be the best they can be. There are many issues that need to be addressed and, as an organization, Florida CASE is in a position to be instrumental in improving services for students with disabilities. In working with the legislature, we must not lose sight of the intrinsic purpose which is the success of the children.

With the assistance of the Board, transparency is a goal of my tenure as President. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions are always welcome and will be addressed, so please contact me at your convenience.

As CASE Members, there are many organizations, meetings, workshops, and legislature trainings that are available and those will be listed in the Florida CASE quarterly newsletters. Please consider any seminar that is of interest to you. It is the involvement and participation of all our members statewide that will bring a light to many areas.

We are leaders and, it is as leaders, we will need to model our deep conviction in the quality of education and address the challenges that the children encounter with their environment and their peers.

Thank you for your confidence and your ongoing support of Florida CASE.

Have an exciting and wonderful year, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Cathy Dofka
President, Florida CASE

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Landis Stetler Scholarship

Florida CASE has established a scholarship program to award financial scholarships in the name of Dr. Landis Stetler, a pioneer and great leader in exceptional student education (ESE) in the state of Florida and the nation. The award will be made annually at the Florida CEC conference. Beginning with the 2012 scholarship award, recipients may apply to continue the scholarship in subsequent years while completing their degree program.

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