Annette Lawler

Purdue Extension Educator, Harrison County, Community Development, Health & Human Sciences

Harrison County
Annette Lawler

Annette Lawler has been a Purdue Extension Educator for 12 years. As the Community Development Extension Educator for Harrison County, she works with campus specialists and staff to bring Community Development projects and programs to Harrison County. She had the opportunity to pilot the Enhancing Public Spaces curriculum in Harrison County and has been a part of the Corydon HCI project. She has served in a leadership capacity for the state educators association as the Community Development program chairperson.

Annette serves Purdue Extension in the area of disaster preparedness and recovery work through the Southern Indiana Community Organizations Active in Disasters (SINCOAD) coalition as the chairperson. The SINCOAD successfully worked with communities struck by tornados in 2012 to recover and rebuild with a $16 million benefit for the communities.

Prior to Annette working with Purdue Extension Community Development programs and projects, she worked with Health & Human Sciences programming. She is lifetime certified by Aha! Process, Inc., to conduct Bridges Out of Poverty, Strategies for Professionals and Communities training throughout Indiana for Purdue Extension. This work also included working with the Circles model for community assistance in helping families build resources as they work to move toward self-sufficiency.

Prior to her work with Purdue Extension, Annette worked as a teacher in multiple capacities and is still a licensed teacher for Illinois and Kentucky. She also was a teacher at the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center in Morganfield, Kentucky, for five years. She worked with Southeast Illinois Community College (SIC) as well as SIU-Carbondale to develop a curriculum called Project Connect to teach life and job skills. She has a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Education in Workforce Education and Development, both from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois.