WWU Alum Receives Alumni Service Award at Board of Associates Dinner

Gail Emmons Kurtz, who specialized in treating and coordinating the successful treatment for Learning Disabilities (LD) for many years, received the Alumni Service Award at the Board of Associates fall dinner Thursday (Oct. 2) at William Woods University.

Each fall, the Board of Associates recognizes a WWU alumnus who has served his or her community and beyond.

A 1966 graduate of William Woods with a B.S. in elementary education, Kurtz now teaches 6th grade in New Bloomfield. She was elected to the William Woods national alumni board last spring.

Kurtz started the Kurtz Center for Cognitive Development in 1986, in an effort to provide treatment to remediate the various types of Learning Disabilities. Over the years, she and her husband, Denton, developed programs that would both remediate and prevent these very significant difficulties.

Before opening her special center, she was a teacher for 20 years in both central Missouri and central Florida public schools. She was an elementary teacher in 3rd, 5th and 6th grades and worked for five years as a specialist for the High Intensity Reading and Math, Title VII, program.

Kurtz has been involved in local, state and national levels of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). She was the president of the Florida LDA and president of the nationwide LDA Presidents’ group. She has served on the National LDA Board of Directors.

Besides the LDA, Kurtz is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) and the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD).

CUTLINE: Left to right, John Pautz, past president of the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates; “Doc” Kritzer, outgoing president; Gail Kurtz, Alumni Service Award recipient, and Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, William Woods University president.