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Board Approves Hiring of Seven Instructional Specialists

aledo logo The Aledo ISD School Board approved the hiring of seven Instructional Specialists for the 2019-2020 school year during a Special Board meeting Thursday.

These campus-level support positions will provide direct and timely support for teachers through coaching, modeling, and planning instruction. They will collaborate with teachers on instructional strategies and student data and needs, assist with professional development, and share resources to support student and teacher goals. With these additions, Aledo ISD will have 12 Specialists on staff supporting instruction in the classroom for the 2019-2020 year.

Five of the specialists include current Aledo ISD staff with teachers Katie Graves, Heather Holt, Karey Moore, and Hannah Parsley, and McCall Elementary Assistant Principal April Riley. In addition, two educators from other school districts will join the team, Miranda Bauer, an Instructional Support Teacher in Northwest ISD, and Shelly Morrill, an Instructional Coach and Gifted and Talented Specialist in White Settlement ISD.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to have these seven individuals join our team,” said Amber Crissey, Aledo ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “The Instructional Specialists will work collaboratively with teachers to ensure that all students achieve at high levels. With this added level of instructional support, we can continue to build upon the foundation of excellence in teaching and learning in Aledo ISD.”

Parsley and Holt are both teachers at Walsh Elementary in fourth and fifth grade, respectively. Graves is a second grade teacher at Stuard Elementary and has been with the district since 2015. Moore joined Aledo ISD in 2013 and teaches AP Chemistry and Pre-AP Chemistry at Aledo High School. Riley has worked in AISD for 14 years, and has served as a teacher, librarian, instructional technology specialist, and assistant principal.

Bauer will join Aledo ISD staff after serving as an Instructional Support Teacher at Northwest ISD for eight years and has 20 years of experience, teaching both science and reading. While in White Settlement ISD, Morrill has worked in gifted and talented instructional leadership for 12 years, and has also worked as a math teacher.

“The addition of this campus-level support of teachers teaching and students learning is evidence of our laser focus on quality instruction, student progress, and making sure that Aledo ISD teachers have everything they need to perform at very high levels in their very difficult jobs," said Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn. "The breadth of experience and expertise that these incredibly talented specialists have will hugely enrich, on a daily basis, our support of our amazing Bearcat teachers and the opportunities we offer our students.”

The new specialists will begin their roles for 2019-2020 school year.