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GIPS announces administration hirings


Grand Island Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Winter announced this week three administration hirings. Current West Lawn principal Jane Gloor will be the next principal at Engleman Elementary, Shelton Elementary principal Shanna Gannon has been hired as the Director of Professional Learning and Leasa Hedrick has been hired as Dodge Elementary assistant principal/reading specialist.

"We are pleased to have these experienced, dedicated educators taking new leadership roles in our district," Dr. Winter said.

Gloor has been principal at West Lawn for 12 years.

"West Lawn has been my second family for 12 years," she said. "Anytime change happens it is bittersweet. It has been a wonderful journey, because of the dedicated team, students and parents. I will miss them. As one journey ends another journey always begins."

Along with her time at West Lawn, Gloor has been a principal at Starr and Stolley Park elementary schools, for a total of 17 years in Grand Island, and for five years in Central City.

"I am looking forward to becoming part of the Engleman instructional team and getting to know the students and families," she said. "The 2015-2016 school year will be exciting."

Gloor has a Master of Science Degree from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marymount College.

Gannon has been in Shelton for 14 years, where she taught fourth grade for nine years before becoming the elementary principal.

"Shelton Elementary has been my home for 14 years," she said. "In many ways, I feel like I am leaving a family. I have had the pleasure to work with so many dedicated and caring teachers and students. And while I am sad that I won't be there everyday to see the staff and students in Shelton, I am very excited about the opportunities I will have to grow as a professional as a part of Grand Island Public Schools."

Gannon's position will replace the director of elementary teaching and learning. Deb Harder is retiring from that post after more than three decades of service to GIPS.

"The restructuring of this position will be important for the staff of GIPS to continue to grow as educators," Dr. Winter said. "The GIPS Board of Education has placed a priority on continuous improvement. We believe having Shanna Gannon in this position will help make that happen."

It is that opportunity that attracted Gannon to the position.

"The role of Director of Professional Learning excited me because professional development is a passion of mine," she said. "Professional learning is something I strive to excel at because I feel developing great teachers is one of the best ways to impact student learning. I am excited for the opportunity to have an impact at Grand Island Public Schools."

Gannon has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from UNL and Master's Degree in School Principalship PreK-8 from UNK.

Hedrick will be joining the district as Assistant Principal/Reading Specialist at Dodge Elementary.

Hedrick has taught for 16 years, the last three as an ELL teacher with Omaha Public Schools. She received her Masters in Education from Concordia University and holds endorsements as a reading specialist and principal.

GIPS has previously announced current Engleman Elementary principal Maureen Oman is moving to Lincoln Elementary next year, replacing Brad Wentzlaff who is retiring after 20 years.

The district has also announced the hiring of Dr. Amy Mancini-Marshall as Director of PK-12 Reading. This administration position replaces the vacancy opened when Teaching and Learning Coordinator Deb Karle retired last year.

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