Title: Acting Director of Civil Rights Compliance
Company: Office of the Superintendent, Hawaii State Department of Education
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Ladona Beth Schimmelfennig, Acting Director of Civil Rights Compliance at the Office of the Superintendent in the Hawaii State Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
Ms. Schimmelfennig was inspired by her family’s experiences to become a special education professional. Her younger brother was disabled, which showed her how disability affects everyone in the family. Her father contracted polio during the Korean conflict and was in an iron lung, but lived and later walked. To carry on their indomitable spirit, Ms. Schimmelfennig entered special education, and has served in both administration and as a consultant. Since 2011, she has served as an adjunct instructor of Hawaii Pacific University, and since 2014, she has been working with the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. Schimmelfennig studied special education at the University of Tulsa and received an MA in education from Pepperdine University. She holds numerous certifications in policies, processes, and techniques, including a 2015 certificate of completion with federal civil rights laws in education programs and activities. Over a prolific career, Ms. Schimmelfennig has taught elementary special education, volunteered with the Suicide Prevention Hotline in Tulsa, and led numerous school faculties in special education. Notably, she served as director of special education and of the Special Olympics for the government of the American Samoa from 1977 to 1979.
Ms. Schimmelfennig joined the Hawaii State Department of Education as a specialist for the emotionally handicapped in 1984, and took various roles leading up to her current position today. She has been a contributor to numerous professional journals, and a recipient of a 2017 State Award of Recognition from the State of Hawaii. Ms. Schimmelfennig maintains membership with numerous local and educational societies. She is married to W. Bryan Anapuni Schimmerfennig and the mother of Malia M. In her free time, she enjoys travel, exercise, and hiking.
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