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CEC Announces Kareem Thompson, Ed.D., as 2023 President-Elect

Dr. Kareem L Thompson smiling in a suit

Arlington, Va. ― The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is pleased to announce Dr. Kareem L. Thompson., has been named 2023 CEC President-Elect. Kareem will assume the presidency on January 1, 2024, overseeing CEC’s committees and Board of Directors and providing critical leadership on the organization’s planning and programs.

Kareem is a prominent leader in the field of education and works for the School District of Palm Beach County, where he serves as Assistant Principal at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Mr. Thompson has served as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College teaching the Introduction to the College Experience course. A committed, supportive advocate for special education, Kareem has also served as President for the Palm Beach Chapter of CEC. Under his leadership a scholarship fund was established that provides scholarships to students with disabilities that are graduating high school seniors and for those who attend summer camps.

“In order for leadership to occur in others we (leaders) must help both teachers and students understand that they are already great because greatness lies in them.” Says Kareem.

During his term he plans to focus on the members, including further developing a leadership program; supporting membership retention and growth, and ensuring members understand the value of their membership through transparent actions of our organization. 

Mr. Thompson has a long history as a CEC leader and volunteer, serving on CEC’s Board of Directors and many committees as well as serving in many roles at the Florida CEC State Unit including President. He continues to support by mentoring and advising current and rising leaders.  

“Kareem is an excellent choice to lead CEC,” said CEC President Dr. Danielle M. Kovach. “His focus on compassion, collaboration, and commitment will continue to ensure CEC as a leading voice in the world for advocacy and the education of students with disabilities.”

Kareem received a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (Varying Exceptionalities) from Florida Memorial University; a Master of Science in Administration and Management of Educational Programs and Educational Specialist from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and an Educational Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Lynn University. 

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Annie Drinkard Director of Communications and Publications, Council for Exceptional Children 

Posted:  5 December, 2022

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