National Association of Professional Women Announces Leanne R. Cannon, Ph.D., Marine Corps Systems Command, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Dr. Leanne R. Cannon is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I am currently in the process of starting a nonprofit organization for special education parent advocacy in order to assist the parents of students with special learning needs navigate the public school system.

NAPW honors Leanne R. Cannon, Ph.D. as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Dr. Cannon is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in instructional methodology. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

“I am the manpower, personnel and training lead for the Emergency Response Systems for all Marine Corps bases,” says Dr. Cannon, who is currently an Instructional Systems Specialist with the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA. Additionally, Dr. Cannon is the Educational Specialist with S.E.R.V.E., the food pantry for Stafford County, VA.

Dr. Cannon is an expert in instructional methodology. Whether it is teaching children as young as five in a classroom or managing instruction for military personnel on Marine Corps bases, Dr. Cannon excels at giving clear, concise direction and training of the highest quality. She has a Ph.D. in Education Administration from Capella University, as well as an M.A. in Gifted Education from the College of William & Mary and a B.S. in Special Education from Indiana University of PA.

Prior to her role with the Marine Corps, Dr. Cannon held the position of Learning Disabilities Specialist at Stafford County Public Schools. Her expertise is in working with students who are diagnosed as being gifted and having a learning disability. Her time in the classroom has fueled her passion for advocating for students with special needs and their families. She is presently working on a book on this subject and is also hoping to soon establish a nonprofit organization to continue her important work in this area. “I am currently in the process of starting a nonprofit organization for special education parent advocacy in order to assist the parents of students with special learning needs navigate the public school system,” she says.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D, Capella University, Education Administration; M.A., College of William & Mary, Gifted Education; B.S., Indiana Univ of PA, Special Education; member of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA)

NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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