The Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School Board last week formally hired Jocelyn Smith as the district’s next administrator.
Smith, a reading specialist at AV-W, will transition into the position over the next 12 months. For the 2014-2015 school year, she will serve as both the district’s curriculum and instruction director and administrator in training. She will continue to work as a reading specialist in some capacity as well, according to Stacie Larson, the school board president.
For the 2015-2016 school year, Smith will formally become the administrator while retaining the curriculum and instruction director title.
Smith’s contract, which starts July 1, is for two years. She will be paid $63,000 annually.
Richard Vought, the district’s part-time interim administrator, will stay on for another year.
Even so, Larson said Smith will play an important role in the direction of the school come fall.
“Her vision is driving the district as of next school year,” Larson said. “(Vought) will be helping her learn the ropes, doing a lot of the housekeeping-type stuff while she gets acclimated to what the job actually entails.”
The board in February announced that it had been strongly considering Smith as the district’s next administrator. She is working toward a state-issued administrator's license and already has a principal’s license, according to Larson.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and psychology from Northland College in Ashland. She interned at a high school in Iron River, Michigan teaching Advanced Placement courses, and also taught at a middle school in Grand Marais, Minnesota on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation.
Smith later moved to Alaska and taught there for five years at a K-12 school. While in Alaska, she earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on reading from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Upon moving back to Wisconsin, Smith started teaching at AV-W – first in the middle school and then later as a reading specialist.
Smith said she was looking forward to leading the district.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Smith said. “The school is my life. My family’s here. I believe in our staff. I’m excited for my own children. I’m excited for the kids here. I think the future is really bright.”
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