Ramsey Receives 2017 Inclusion Award

Ramsey Receives 2017 Inclusion Award

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017

Dr. Matt Ramsey, center, honored with 2017 Inclusion Award. Also pictured are Darla Nelson-Metzger, left, and Lesli Girard of Families Together, Inc.Families Together, Inc., a Kansas advocacy and support group serving families of children with disabilities, presented its 2017 Inclusion Award to Dr. Matthew Ramsey. Ramsey is an associate professor, director of special education and chair of the Department of Education at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan.

“When he first learned about Families Together, Matt immediately embraced what we do and wanted to be able to share this experience with his students,” said Lesli Girard, project director at Families Together. “He talked about it with his students and they took it to the next level. They came to him and asked if they could actually organize an event for us. They got involved with the Family Enrichment Weekends and really became a vital part.”

Benedictine College, under the guidance of Ramsey, sends anywhere from 50 to 70 students to help with these special weekends several times each year. The students organize the activities for the children, whom they are watching while the parents are engaged in training and information sessions.

“That was such a gift,” Girard said. “Because that used to take a lot of staff time. And now we just know we can count on them. They’ve been very dedicated to us. And that credit goes to Matt; he’s been the impetus for Benedictine’s involvement. We are proud to give him our Inclusion Award in recognition of his incredible support for us and the families we work with.”

Ramsey holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Benedictine College, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education in the fall of 1998, then returning to earn his Master of Arts in School Leadership in 2005. He also holds a Master of Science in Psychology and Special Education from Emporia State University. His doctorate is in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a minor in Special Education from the University of Kansas.  

He taught in the classroom for five years, serving students with emotional and behavioral needs in USD 409, Atchison Public Schools.  He served as principal of the Gillis School, a private, special purpose school in Kansas City, Missouri, for two years.  He returned to Benedictine as a faculty member in 2007.

“Matt is an outstanding educator,” said Dr. Dianna Henderson, professor and Director of Secondary Education in Benedictine’s Department of Education.  “His teaching and expertise develops a passion in his students for working with special needs K-12 students.”

Families Together, Inc. is the Kansas Parent Training and Information & Family-to-Family Center serving families of children, youth and young adults with disabilities and/or special health care needs from birth through 26 years old. It has a mission to encourage, educate and empower families to be effective advocates for their own children.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.