Technology director Amie Swope is the new director of instruction and technology. The newly appointed position, which started Wednesday, runs through July 31. Superintendent George Fisk said he made the decision based on Swope’s experience, skills and talent.
The school board approved Fisk’s recommendation during Tuesday’s meeting.
“This is a position based on the person we have,” he told board members. “It’s not something I would want as a blanket position (going forward).”
Fisk said technology and instruction are so intertwined so he doesn’t see a separation between them.
“The two go hand in hand,” he added.
In April 2017, the board hired Swope as the technology director on a three-year contract that started the subsequent Aug. 1. The 1987 Western Reserve High School graduate had been a Norwalk High School English teacher since 1996. Swope, who grew up in Wakeman, also taught some social studies classes.
For 15 years, Swope was on the district technology committee. In about 1999, she was the pilot teacher for the 1:1 program in which students use laptop computers for classroom and homework assignments.
Given that Swope has a master’s degree in curriculum, she is an ideal candidate for the new position, Fisk said. The superintendent also told board members that Swope was “a phenomenal teacher,” is well respected for her organization skills and efficiency plus excelled as the district technology director.
Fisk said Swope’s new position essentially combines the roles of the curriculum director, which had been unfilled since 2015, and technology director.
“After researching educational trends and the crossover of the two positions, I felt that combining the positions … was advantageous to the district,” Fisk added. “This will bring the two positions which both support classroom instrutional practices under one position. Mrs. Swope has done an awesome job with our technology department and I look forward to the impact she can now have on our classroom instructional practices and academic programming.”