FWCS hires new Special Education Director - January 25, 2012

Record Number: 8409
Displayed from: Jan 25, 2012 , until: Feb 29, 2012

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Jan. 23, hired a new director for the district's Special Education Department. Ann Barnes-Smith takes over as Special Education Director Feb. 1, replacing longtime Director Theresa Oberley, who is retiring Jan. 31 after nearly 40 years with Fort Wayne Community Schools. Barnes-Smith has served as Special Education Manager since 2001. She joined FWCS in 1979 as a teacher at South Side High School. In her more than 30 years with FWCS, she has also worked as a teacher at Glenwood Park and Holland elementary schools, Miami Middle School and Wayne High School. Barnes-Smith graduated from Ball State University in 1979 and received a Master's Degree from Ball State in 1984.

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.