Jeff Radel’s Biography
Director of LaGrange County
My formal education began in 1990 at Ashland University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. My post graduate work started at the University of Toledo where I studied Clinical Counseling. After moving to Lima, Ohio, I completed graduate work at the University of Findlay to become highly qualified in special education for the State of Ohio in: Math, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. I pursued my Administration degree and Director’s License at Ball State University. In addition to my formal education, I have had extensive training in the following areas, including but not limited to:
• Applied Behavioral Analysis
• Differentiated Instruction
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Social Skills Training
• Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
I started my career in education working for the Toledo Public School systems. I taught children with emotional and learning disabilities. I then worked for the parochial school system in Toledo working as a consultant for students who needed additional educational assistance. I taught in Whitehouse, Ohio for the Whitehouse school system teaching special education for high school students. We then moved out of the Toledo area to Lima, Ohio when my wife transferred to a new job. I continued teaching middle and high school special education for both Findlay and Wapakoneta School Systems respectively. While in Findlay, I also taught an after school program for students with emotional disabilities who could not attend a regular school day. Throughout my various teaching positions, I was involved in coaching baseball and football at the freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. My wife then accepted a position in Northeast Indiana and I was fortunate to find employment with the Northeast Indiana Special Education Co-Operative. Initially I was employed as a special education teacher for students with emotional disabilities. This past year I was given the opportunity to advance my career into administration and now serve as the Director for LaGrange County and West Noble. It is my goal as an administrator to provide our teachers with the professional development they need to meet the demands of their students.
Some of my professional affiliations include: Member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Indiana Council of Special Education Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society.