The Learning Services division, which includes School Improvement Services and Career and Tech Education, will see several changes for the 2019-2020 school year.
Mark Dodge has taken a position in his home district of Eudora. Ronnie Williams will be now leading and coordinating efforts for the eMints grant for Greenbush, supporting many area districts implementing technology through this grant, and will continue to collaborate with the SIS team. Nikki Heiman will be now a part of SIS full time, transitioning from halftime LiNK Instructional Coach the previous year.
SIS is also welcoming new staff to their team. Tonya Smedley joins our SIS team having served as the elementary principal at Cherryvale for 11 years. She attended Thayer High School, earned her bachelor’s from Pittsburg State, and her masters from Emporia State. Previously, she served as the curriculum director at Iola for 8 years, and was an elementary teacher and coach at Pleasanton and Colony-Crest. Tonya will office out of the Greenbush campus and provide various support for the School Improvement Services team.
Jim Dillon joins us from Jayhawk-Linn where he has served as the high school principal for 7 years. He attended high school at Riley County north of Manhattan, and then earned his bachelor’s from the University of Kansas, including serving as a manager for the basketball team, and his masters degree from Fort Hays State University. He taught social studies and coached at both Herington High School and Louisburg High School prior to moving into administration at USD 346 Jayhawk. Jim will office out of the Greenbush Resource Center in Lawrence and provide various supports for the School Improvement Services team.
Brett Fenton is joining SIS after serving 4 years as the elementary principal at Mission Valley. Brett attended high school at Santa Fe Trail, earned his bachelor’s from Kansas State University, and his masters from Baker and Emporia State. Prior to his administrative career, he taught high school social studies for 12 years. Brett will also office out of the Greenbush Resource Center in Lawrence and provide various supports for the School Improvement Services team.
Jamie Manhart will be serving as our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator and work closely with the SIS team. She went to high school in Independence, earned her bachelors from Emporia State, and a masters from the University of Kansas. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was a Kansas Teacher of the Year finalist in 2018. She joins us having worked as the journalism teacher and CTE coordinator in Silver Lake schools for 18 years. Jamie will office out of the Greenbush Resource Center in Lawrence and provide professional development support and technical assistance for CTE teachers, working closely with the Perkins grant and consortium.