Bob Conference smBob Wasden has been an incredible part of the Southwest Educational Development Center’s team of educational specialists for 12 years. After serving teachers and students as the Autism Specialist in the region for this time, Bob has decided to retire. Bob served as a consultant to school directors, educators, and parents about appropriate support for students with autism, ages 3 through 21 in Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties. He’ll now be able to spend more time with his passion – reading and re-reading his Louis L’Amour books. We will miss him here at SEDC.

Just prior to his retirement from SEDC, the Southern Utah Autism Council Advisory Board announced that Bob Wasden was selected as the Autism Council of Utah Educator of the Year. Read more about the announcement here.

The council, in collaboration with the SEDC Executive Board, announced Paul Day as Wasden’s replacement. Day is a school psychologist and board certified behavior analyst and the owner/program director of Autism Therapy Services. Day has been the Autism/ABA Program Specialist for Washington County School District for the past 14 years.

“I just want to thank you all, as parents, teachers and aides, and anybody who works with these special needs kids,” Bob said. “It’s been the 12 best years of my life, working with kids with autism and special needs kids. I have a lot of memories … this turned out to be life changing.”

View a slideshow of Bob’s award acceptance photos, as well as thank you videos from his colleagues