Phoebe Rinkel, M.S., has been working with infants and preschoolers with special needs, their families, and the adults who support them for more than 30 years. Her career has been shaped by a diversity of experiences in early care and education, early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE ). Professional experience includes administrative, research, direct services (center-based and home-based), coaching and consultation, and technical assistance. Phoebe has worked in urban and rural programs and school districts, large and small, across the state of Kansas. She is a frequent presenter at national and state conferences for early childhood and early childhood special education professionals and families (including DEC and KDEC).
Of particular relevance is Phoebe's recent experience of nearly ten years as technical assistance coordinator for the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS Project), her role in working with the writing team that developed the new Kansas Early Learning Standards Toolkit, and her active membership in CEC/DEC/KDEC throughout her career. Phoebe is excited to be working in a new position as early childhood instructional specialist for the Shawnee Mission School District in Overland Park, KS.
Other related experience includes working as administrator of a community childcare center, director of a homebased early intervention program for infants and preschoolers, community liaison for a federal research institute on infants prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol, disability and mental health coordinator for a Head Start delegate agency, director of an innovative VI-B grant to develop training modules on evidence-based practices and a peer-coaching framework for implementing them across settings for preschoolers with significant disabilties, participation in federal demonstration and outreach grants to develop training to improve practices for children with autism spectrum disorders, and staff to the Kansas Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Disabilities.
Current professional memberships include CEC/DEC/KDEC (past board member), Kansas Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH), and Kansas Pyramid Collaborative. Phoebe has previously served on the KSDE Early Learning Services team, the BEST committee of the Child Care Licensing System Improvement team, the Head Start Collaborative Council, the Kansas Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Council, the Statewide Child Care and Early Education Advisory Committee, the Kansas Early Childhood Forum, the Governor's Conference on Prevention of Abuse and Neglect Planning Committee, and the Kansas Autism Task Force legislative sub-committee. Phoebe also served on the national advisory group for the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI). In 2010 Phoebe received the Award of Excellence from the Kansas Division for Early Childhood.