FWCS hires new administrators for 2008-09 school year - May 13, 2008

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Displayed from: May 13, 2008 , until: Jun 13, 2008

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday approved several administrative changes for the 2008-09 school year. The personnel changes approved Monday follow several other changes approved April 28. Below is a list of the changes at the principal level. Rebecca Dennis, Croninger Principal Rebecca Dennis was hired by Fort Wayne Community Schools in January and has been serving as interim principal at Croninger. She has more than 21 years of experience as an elementary school teacher in Florida, Ohio and Indiana and was a adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion for six years. Prior to joining FWCS she served as principal of Southern Wells Elementary School for two years and as principal of Triton Elementary School in Bourbon, Ind., for a year and a half. Carlton Mable, Wayne Principal Carlton Mable will move from principal of Lakeside Middle School to principal of Wayne High School, effective July 1. He started with Fort Wayne Community Schools as a teacher at Miami Middle School in 1995. Before taking the principal position at Lakeside in 2004, he served as a teacher at Wayne High School and assistant principal at Blackhawk Middle School. Gale Powelson, Bloomingdale Principal Gale Powelson is moving from assistant principal at Northcrest Elementary to principal of Bloomingdale Elementary. She joined FWCS in 2007 after spending 12 years in East Allen County Schools as a teacher and administrator. Matthew Schiebel, Shawnee Principal Matt Schiebel will move from principal at Northwood Middle School to principal at Shawnee Middle School. He joined FWCS in 1987 and served as a science teacher at Blackhawk Middle School from 1988 until he became an administrative intern at Geyer Middle School in 2001. In 1997 he was named the FWCS Teacher of the Year and was one of 10 state finalists. He became assistant principal of Lane Middle School in 2002 and moved to principal of Northwood in 2004. Dawn Starks, Washington Principal Dawn Starks will officially become the principal of Washington Elementary School where she has been serving as interim principal since March. She was hired by FWCS as a teacher at Lindley Elementary in 1993. Prior to moving to Washington, she served as assistant principal at Weisser Park, where she had been since 2006. Administrative Interns Four teachers will move into the district's administrative intern program for the 2008-09 school year, a program designed to train future district leaders. Jill Carboni will be an administrative intern first semester at North Side High School and second semester at Shawnee Middle School. She started with FWCS in 2006 and is currently works with the Title I program at Miami Middle School. Mark Harmon will be an administrative intern first semester at Anthis Career Center and second semester at Wayne High School. He was hired by FWCS in 2002 to teach chemistry, physics and integrated math at South Side High School, his current position. Carrie Kennedy will be an administrative intern first semester at Nebraska Elementary and second semester at Memorial Park Middle School. She was hired by FWCS in 2001 and is currently an interventionist at Lane Middle School. Prior to joining FWCS, she worked as a teacher in Indianapolis. Robin Peterman will be an administrative intern first semester at Towles Intermediate School and second semester at Waynedale Elementary. She started with FWCS in 2006 and currently works with the Title I program at Abbett elementary. Prior to joining FWCS, she worked as an instructor of Adult Basic Education in Elkhart and a teacher at Churubusco Elementary School.

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.