Lynne Shields has been hired to supervise both gifted students and special education services in the Wellington Schools.
She was named director of students services in late July by a unanimous vote of the board of education.
Shields replaces Cory Runkle, who had served as director of special education and the district’s testing coordinator since last August. Testing will not be part of Shield’s responsibilities, however.
“We’re all in this together,” Shields said. “We’re all advocates for children and for their education. I’m looking forward to strengthening those ties with staff, parents, and the community.”
Title I programs will also be supervised by Shields. They provide federal aid to school districts based on the percentage of students from low-income families.
“All of those additional services will now be coordinated out of one office overseen by Dr. Shields,” said superintendent Ed Weber. “Basically, the gifted program was being contracted out with Medina County the past few years. This year, as part of our agreement with Lorain County to rejoin their gifted consortium, we’re expanding our offerings for gifted students, especially at McCormick (Middle School), and Dr. Shields will also help see that through.”
Shields earned a doctorate in applied behavioral analysis from Ohio State University.
From 1998 to 2002, she worked as a special education supervisor for the Springfield City Schools before heading special education departments at Shaker Heights High School and Shaker Heights Middle School from 2002 to 2014.
Since 2014, she has been assistant professor of professional education at Notre Dame College in South Euclid where she taught licensing courses for prospective mild-moderate intervention specialists.
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