Kim Flanders and Denise DiGiovanni are newly recommended North Platte elementary school principals.They would fill vacancies for the 2012-13 school year.
Flanders is in line to become the principal at Cody Elementary. Cody principal Chris Vieyra was recently hired to direct the school district’s student services and special education program.
Denise DiGiovanni is in line to fill the Hall School Principal position. Outgoing Hall Principal Chelsea Feusner has accepted a principal job in Kearney.
North Platte Public Schools Interim Superintendent Tami Eshleman and incoming Superintendent Marty Bassett recommended both women, they said Wednesday in a joint announcement.
The school board will consider the recommendations at its next meeting, scheduled May 8, and is expected to approve.
Eshleman said Flanders and DiGiovanni were interviewed by a team of district administrators, elementary principals, building staff and teachers.
Flanders has 18 years experience at the elementary level. A North Platte High School graduate, she began teaching at Kearney and came to North Platte in 1995. She has taught at Eisenhower, McDonald, and Cody elementar schools and been a reading coach and an instructional coach at Cody, Eisenhower, Buffalo and Hall.
Flanders earned an Associates of Arts degree at Mid-Plains Community College and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
She earned a masters degree from UNK in Elementary Education in 1999 and will complete her Administrative Endorsement this summer at Wayne State College.
“Kim has risen among the ranks at North Platte Public Schools, establishing herself quickly as an outstanding classroom teacher and then moving into the demanding position of instructional coach,” Buffalo Elementary Principal Linda Anderson said in the announcement. “Her expertise in the classroom and depth of knowledge has served her well in both capacities and will most definitely add an essential piece to the qualities necessary for the role as principal.”
DiGiovanni has 16 years experience in elementary schools. She is a graduate of Stapleton and taught for three years in Emerson before coming to North Platte in 1999.
DiGiovanni taught fourth grade at McDonald Elementary School and in 2007 she became the High Ability Learner (HAL) Coordinator, which she still does on a part-time basis, Eshleman said.
She has been an instructional coach for three years as well.
DiGiovanni received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State, a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College and will finish work on a masters in Educational Leadership/ Administration from Doane, Eshleman said.
“Denise’s enthusiasm for teaching, coupled with her leadership skills, make her an ideal principal,” Eisenhower Principal Mary Derby said. “With her dedication, humor, and intelligence, she brings to education the compassion necessary for long-term success.”
North Platte Public Schools Interim Superintendent Tami Eshleman said the hiring process for 2012-2013 administrative team is complete.
"We have a strong team to lead the district in the school year,” she said.