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Tina Wagner

Photo of Oregon CEC President, Tina Wagner, with her family

Background and Upbringing: I am thrilled to serve as the president of the Oregon Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a role that allows me to combine my passion for special education with my commitment to serving our community. I have deep roots in Oregon, having been born and raised here, and I am proud to call this beautiful state my home. Family is incredibly important to me, and I am beyond proud to state that I have been married for nearly 27 years, with three wonderful grown adult children. This October, we'll celebrate another milestone as our youngest prepares to tie the knot.

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of my professional endeavors, I am an avid crafter and DIY enthusiast. I find immense joy in creating vinyl crafts such as T-shirts, signs, and mugs, and I've recently discovered a new passion for sublimation. Exploring my creative side brings balance to my life and allows me to unwind after a busy day.  I also enjoy our one-year-old Pitbull.  She is adorable and a handful.

Personal Achievements: One personal achievement I am particularly proud of is returning to graduate school at the age of 42 to pursue my master's degree in special education. Despite being relatively new to the teaching profession, having started in 2018, I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students with exceptionalities, especially through my role as an online special education teacher.

Professional Journey: My journey into special education began as a Special Education Instructional Assistant, where I had the privilege of working alongside dedicated educators who inspired me to pursue a career in teaching. Since then, I have been committed to honing my skills and expertise in the field, ultimately leading me to serve as the president of the Oregon CEC.

Motivation for Leadership: My decision to become involved with the Oregon CEC and eventually run for president was driven by a desire to contribute to our organization's mission and support our members in meaningful ways. As a member at large for several years, I recognized the need for experienced leadership within our board, and I am honored to have been entrusted with this responsibility.

Goals and Priorities: As president, my main goals are to grow our membership and actively seek opportunities for personal and professional growth as a leader. I am committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive community within the Oregon CEC, where members feel valued, empowered, and equipped to make a difference in the lives of individuals with exceptionalities.

I am excited about the journey ahead and look forward to working collaboratively with our members to achieve our shared goals and aspirations.  



Kate Aly-Brady

Kate Aly-Brady

Kate has been a special education teacher in Eugene for 20 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from East Carolina University, and a master's from the University of Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys playing in water, taking videos of her cat with cerebellar hypoplasia (ask her about it...if you have an hour to spare!), and listening to live music with her husband.




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Last Updated:  16 April, 2024

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