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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Florida Exceptional Education Chief to Serve as National Association President

~ Bambi Lockman named president of National Association of State Directors of Special Education ~

TALLAHASSEE – The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) announced this week that Florida Department of Education (DOE) Bureau Chief of Exceptional Education and Student Services Bambi Lockman will serve as the organization’s president for the next year. Ms. Lockman has served in her current position at the Department since October 2004.

“We’re extremely proud to congratulate Bambi on this tremendous achievement,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Her dedication and hard work to further educational resources for special education is inspiring to all of us.”

As Bureau Chief, Ms. Lockman is responsible for the ongoing successful implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the state of Florida. She also serves as point person for the management of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocations related to IDEA funding and is responsible for directing the Department’s work around the Florida Alternate Assessment, the Portal to Exceptional Education Resources, various student services, inclusive educational programs and juvenile justice education programs for students with disabilities.

Ms. Lockman has a long history of engagement in key issues surrounding exceptional education students serving on the Florida Development Disabilities Council since 2004. She also previously served on the Council of Administrators of Special Education. In 2008, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities as well as the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to joining the Department of Education Ms. Lockman was a classroom teacher for five years. In 1984, she was recognized as the Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Lockman holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Visual Disabilities from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Teaching/Habilitative Science from the University of West Florida and is certified in Administration/Supervision.

For the past 70 years, The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has been providing leadership to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities in the United States, the federal territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. To learn more about NASDSE, visit To learn more about the Florida Department of Education, visit