Luann L. Purcell is currently the Executive Director of the international Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). As Chief Executive Officer of an international professional organization of school administrators whose primary responsibility is in leadership of special education programs for children, her major job responsibilities include: consulting and advising administrators on best practices for leadership and development of quality programs for students with disabilities; assisting members in developing networking systems through state, provincial, and country units in order to provide better services to members; advocating at the governmental level to assure appropriate legislation to facilitate the development and maintenance of quality programs for students with disabilities; and providing Keynote/breakout sessions/etc at state/provincial and regional conferences on leadership, legislative/policy updates, attitude adjustment, the passion in compassion, and other current education issues. In the last 14 years,
she has keynoted and led sessions in over 46 states and 4 foreign countries on various educational issues and the development of proactive leadership skills in times of change.
Dr. Purcell has had a variety of experiences throughout her 43 years in public education including experience as a general education teacher at both high school and middle school level, teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, coordinator at a regional educational service center, and assistant superintendent for pupil services for 18 years in a local district with 27,000 students.