FWCS names principals, assistant principals - April 26, 2006

Record Number: 2402
Displayed from: Apr 26, 2006 , until: May 20, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the following personnel action during their regularly scheduled meeting April 24 in the Grile Administrative Center: Dianna G. Chadd Principal, Pleasant Center Elementary School Dianna Chadd joined FWCS in 1996 as a substitute teacher, assuming a permanent post as a teacher in 1997 at Glenwood Park Elementary School. In 2000, she became a math facilitator at Adam Elementary School, a position she held until becoming an administrative intern at Arlington Elementary School this school year. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Southern Indiana and her master's degree is from Indiana University. Kathleen M. Hurni-Dove Principal, Maplewood Elementary School Kathleen Hurni-Dove began her teaching career in 1973. She joined FWCS in 2004 as a language arts facilitator and served as an administrative intern beginning in August of 2005. Earlier this year, she was named acting principal at Maplewood Elementary School. Her bachelor's degree is from Western Michigan University and master's degree is from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Teresa J. Laurent Principal, Bunche Early Childhood Center Terri Laurent came to FWCS in 2005 from Southern Lehigh School District in Center Valley, Pa. where she was the principal of Liberty Bell Elementary School. She began her career in 1975 as a first-grade teacher in North Adams Community Schools, Decatur. She joined FWCS as assistant principal at Forest Park Elementary School. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are from Indiana University. Gary L. Schafer Principal, Kekionga Middle School Gary Schafer joined FWCS in 1992 as a teacher at Memorial Park Middle School until 2000. In 2003, he was named assistant principal at Kekionga Middle School, a post he held until being named acting principal there earlier this year. His bachelor's degree is from the University of South Carolina and his master's degree is from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. LeeAnn F. Thompson Principal, Jefferson Middle School LeeAnn Thompson began her career in 1977 as a teacher at FWCS. She taught at Memorial Park Middle School and later at Kekionga Middle School before becoming an administrative intern in 1997 at Shawnee Middle School. In 1998, she was named assistant principal at Lakeside Middle School, where she remained until 2000, when she became assistant principal at Northrop High School. Her bachelor's degree is from Ball State University and her master's degree is from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.


Mark D. Bailey Assistant Principal, South Side High School Mark Bailey joined FWCS in 1993 as a math and biology teacher at South Side High School, where he remained until being named administrative intern at Snider High School in the fall of 2004. He was named assistant principal at Snider in August of 2005. Both his bachelor's and master's degrees are from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Tim S. Burton Assistant Principal, Northwood Middle School Tim Burton joined FWCS in 1988 and in 1992 became a teacher and coach at Elmhurst High School. In 2005, he became an administrative intern at Elmhurst until being assigned to Northwood Middle School earlier this year. His bachelor's degree is from Butler University and his master's degree is from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. M. Frank Swinford Assistant Principal, Towles Intermediate School Frank Swinford joined FWCS as a teacher in 1971 and served at Miami Middle School until 1994 when he was named assistant principal at Memorial Park Middle School. Except for one year as assistant principal for the Alternative Learning Program in 1995-96, he has served as Memorial Park's assistant principal. His bachelor's degree is from Indiana State University and his master's degree is from Indiana University.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.