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Special Educator of the Year: 'The world is our classroom'

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Pushing the limits is how Dr. Robbie Ludy sees herself and fellow special education teachers.

"You look for things people at every level can do and see their level of potential," she said. "Start there and push the limits."

Throughout her life, she has tried to follow that philosophy, whether it be taking a group of men with moderate to severe handicaps camping, or simply rocking and talking to a young child with disabilities.

"You have to push the limit because the world pegs folks," she said. "For cooperative learning, what's better than a camping trip? The world's our classroom."

Because of Ludy's passion and approach, she has been named the 2001 Iowa Special Educator of the Year by the Iowa Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children. Ludy is associate professor of special education at Buena Vista University.

"I believe that all children have the right to a quality education and think it's up to us as teachers to find a way to make that happen so that they can become citizens of the world with dignity," Ludy said.

The same holds true for everyone else, from college students to older workers.

"All people have a right to be educated and take their place with dignity," she said.

Read the rest of this article in the 4/10/01 Pilot Tribune.

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