Professional Advisory Board

Bambi J. Lockman, LL.D.

Dr. Bambi J. Lockman recently retired after serving 36 years in the State of Florida. She is the President and CEO of Mag7 Consulting, LLC. Currently, Dr. Lockman coaches Special Education teachers instructing students in schools identified as in need of improvement and works with aspiring administrators through leadership academy mentoring programs.

From July 2014 until her retirement, she served as an Educational Policy Analyst for the Office of Early Learning, Florida Department of Education. From 2011- 2014 she was the Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services for Volusia County School District in Central Florida. Within her scope of work, she was responsible for the planning and coordination of PreK-12 curriculum and school improvement programs; federal and state grant funded programs, assessment and accountability, professional development, career technical education, online learning, alternative education, athletics and safety, as well as, exceptional student education and student support services. Additionally, she had oversight for Volusia’s Race to the Top grant.

Prior to coming to Volusia County, Dr. Lockman served as Chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services in the Florida Department of Education from 2004- 2011. During this time, she was responsible for Florida’s implementation and general supervision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), initiated postsecondary programs for students with significant cognitive disabilities, coordinated Florida’s State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, and managed the distribution of IDEA Part B and Part B Preschool grants. Dr. Lockman was instrumental in Florida’s implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework and for changing the state’s identification process for Specific Learning Disabilities and related services through State Board Rule.

In 2007, Dr. Lockman was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and was re- commissioned in 2008. She was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2008 and reappointed in 2009. Additionally, Dr. Lockman was recognized by Parent to Parent of Miami-Dade, FL with the Journey of Dreams, Education Leadership Award in 2009.

In 2010, she served as the President of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). Dr. Lockman also has extensive experience in Santa Rosa County School District, Milton, FL where she served as a classroom teacher, a school based and district level administrator and in 1984 was honored as the district’s Teacher of the Year.

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