Bedeau named KEA's Education Support Professional of the Year
KEA President Stephanie Winkler presented the award to Bedeau on April 10, during the final day of the association’s 143rd annual Delegate Assembly in Louisville. 
“Lakilia is an outstanding example of the dedicated, hard-working and passionate classified employees who work in Kentucky’s public schools,” Winkler said, “Through her work at Tornado Alley, Lakilia has had a profound impact on the lives of many Tilghman students and their families.”

Staff at Kentucky’s 819 Youth Service Centers (which serve high schools) and Family Resource Centers (which serve elementary and middle schools) work with students and their families to help overcome non-educational barriers to learning. At Tornado Alley, Bedeau works with teachers, other classified staff and administrators to ensure the success and safety of Tilghman students. She has created a variety of unique mentoring programs, including BABES (Becoming Accomplished, Beautiful, Excellent and Successful) and B2G (Boys to Gentlemen).

Bedeau also is a leader among her colleagues. She is president of the 75-member Paducah Education Support Professionals Association; a member of the KEA Board of Directors; and vice chair of the KEA Diversity Committee. In 2013 she was named to the inaugural class of KEA Fellows, and in 2014 she was selected for the National Education Association’s Leaders for Tomorrow program.

As KEA’s ESP of the Year, Bedeau received a cash award of $1,000 and automatically is nominated for the NEA ESP of the Year Award, which will be presented in July at the annual NEA Representative Assembly.
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