Andrea Bertone, an education consultant on the special education team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, will be formally honored for her dedication to students by the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association.
Bertone will receive the WSHA “Salutes Outstanding Service” award by the organization.
“I am honored to receive this award and of the positive relationship developed between DPI and WSHA,” Bertone said. “Together, we are seeking to support school-based practitioners and I am proud of this partnership.”
As an education consultant for the DPI, Bertone supports students who have significant difficulty accessing, engaging, and/or making progress in general education environments because of communication difficulties. She said her favorite part about her work at the DPI has been engaging in project work with speech-language pathologists from districts across the state.
“Through these workgroups, we are able to do work that is relevant and meaningful for SLPs throughout Wisconsin,” Bertone said. “I would not be able to do this work without the support from Daniel Parker and my team, especially Iris Jacobson, as well as my colleagues in the field, especially, Dr. John Heilmann at UW-Milwaukee, Courtney Seidel, UW-Madison, Paula Millikin CESA 8, Brenda Forslund Green Bay, Lisa Kirby-Mangas Madison Metro School District.”
Prior to working at the DPI, Bertone worked for almost two decades first as a speech-language pathologist and then a program support teacher in a large urban school district.
Bertone will be honored with the award at the WSHA Fall Conference’s Reception and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 14 in Elkhart Lake.