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Congratulations and Best Wishes to Jacqueline Rodriguez

AACTE is incredibly grateful for Jacqueline Rodriguez’s leadership over the past four years at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). During her tenure, she has well-positioned AACTE and I am grateful for all her vigor, determination, and colleagueship. Jackie has accepted a position as CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities and will leave AACTE at this month’s end. While the National Office Team and I are saddened to bid her farewell, I want to make sure to take a moment to thank her for all her service to AACTE.

Jackie joined AACTE in 2018 as the Assistant Vice President and was promoted to Vice President for Research, Policy, and Advocacy in just over two years. In this role, she has led the strategy and content development for the association’s research, programs, professional learning, state and federal policy, and advocacy initiatives. She has also represented AACTE with integrity and grace for many media interviews, helping spread AACTE’s message for advocacy in education and education preparation across the country.

Jackie has been a great partner on our leadership team over the past four years. I am so proud of her professional growth and am confident she will continue to excel in her new role. She will be missed, and all of us—members and national office team alike — are thankful for her passion for the work and mission she bestowed on us during her time here.”

“I am so grateful for my time with everyone at AACTE over these years,” said Jackie. “Our team is unparalleled, and our members are incredible. Departing is bittersweet. I am, however, thrilled for this next chapter. I will be joining a significantly influential national center dedicated to serving children and adults with learning disabilities and their families. Leading NCLD is especially important to me as a special educator. Thank you to all my colleagues and friends at AACTE for your friendship, trust, and support.”

Given Jackie’s experience and conviction before and with AACTE, I know she will continue to be an asset in her next role. Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her continued success in her next endeavor!

Lynn M. Gangone

President and CEO, AACTE