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Professional Information


In 1969 I entered the field of special education as an aide while an undergraduate at Northern Michigan University. After receiving my bachelor's degree in teaching the mentally retarded I became a special education teacher in Hale, Michigan. After teaching for three years I decided to return to school full time to pursue a master's degree. This was completed at Central Michigan University in 1975 in the area of teaching the emotionally disturbed.


After receiving my masters degree I moved from teaching into administration  as a Supervisor of Special Education in Charlotte, Michigan. While working in Charlotte I completed my Education Specialist degree in special education administration, and then had the opportunity to work contractually for the State Department of Education while completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in special education administration. Over the years I have worked as a Director of Special Education at both the local and intermediate school district level.

Retirement (?)

On July 1 of 1997 I retired from the Michigan Public Schools System and became the Executive Director for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC).

In December of 2001 Ruthann and I purchased The Washington Street Inn, a Bed and Breakfast located in Bluffton, IN where we both grew up. On Feb. 1, 2002 Ruthann retired from the Community Mental Health System in Lansing, MI after 15 years of service, which allowed her to begin drawing a pension. Gene left his position as the Executive Director for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children on June 1, 2002. While this is certainly not "retirement", our goal is to have fun with our new adventure and to enjoy returning to our roots.


I would like to thank you for visiting my home page. I leave you with a poem I have above my computer desk here at home which I have found to be an excellent reminder to make the most of each day. Unfortunately, I have no idea who the author is, so I can't give credit.
There was a very cautious man, who never laughed or played.

He never risked, he never tried, he never sang or prayed.

And when he one day passed away, his insurance was denied.

For since he never really lived, they claimed he never died.

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Last updated Dec. 25, 2004 by Gene Kyle