Letter from the President

Hello Fellow CEC Members,


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Special Recognition & Thanks from AR-CEC

Photo of Jon RainboltA special award was presented to Jon Rainbolt at the annual AR-CEC fall conference in appreciation for many years of dedicated services to the AR-CEC board. A few highlights of his involvement in the organization include active involvement with the a group of educators that initiated the process to acquire an AR-CEC chapter. He served his first term as AR-CEC president for the 1998 - 1999 year. Mr. Rainbolt is one of few who served a second term as president, from 2012-2013. He has served as the AR-CEC Convention Planner from 2007-2013 and part of the 2014 year. He served a number of terms to the Representative Assembly of National CEC.

Mr. Rainbolt, or "Jon," as he prefers to be called, is well respected by his peers. He currently serves as LEA supervisor for the central arkansas area. His life work has been dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities. Jon could not attend the luncheon, and the award was accepted on his behalf by a friend and coworker, Jill LaRosa. Jon Rainbolt's heart for all children has been displayed through his advocacy throughout Arkansas and beyond. CEC sincerely thanks Jon for his time, efforts, and dedication.


Jill LaRosa accepting award for Jon



Friends and colleagues: whether you knew him or not, our special education family has suffered a terrible loss. John Prewitt, whose heart was only exceeded in size by his hugs and big booming laugh, has passed into his next glorious life. John was instrumental in bringing co-teaching and other inclusive practices to our state. He was also one of the persons who brought SEAS to countless districts. John served as an area supervisor at the ADE, where he represented compliance and legal aspects with kindness and candor to the districts he visited. He was special education director of Springdale, a principal player with SEAS, and more recently, a consultant with JBHM. Whatever he touched left a mark, and when he spoke with you, you knew he was one of the best. Please pray for his family and wife Gerrie.


John Prewitt Professional Biography

Memorials can be made to the John Prewitt Scholarship Fund, Arkansas Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children.

Joyce Sullivan, ARCEC Treasurer

Beebe Public Schools

1201 West Center

Beebe, AR 72012