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Carolyn Manard Named Special Education Director

ANKENY, Iowa (April 24, 2017) - Pending approval by the Ankeny Board of Education May 1, the Ankeny Community School District is pleased to announce Meskwaki Superintendent Carolyn Manard as the new Special Education Director for the district. Mrs. Manard is currently the Superintendent for the Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama, Iowa. Previously, she served as High School Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal, and Director of Early Childhood and Special Education all in the Boone Community School District.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Carolyn Manard to the Ankeny Community School District as part of our administrative team,” said Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston, Superintendent of Schools. “She has a passion for serving students that will be well utilized in Ankeny.”

“I am excited to join the Ankeny School District,” said Manard. “I look forward to providing support to students to guide them forward on their continuum of learning and understanding.”

Through Manard’s experience as an administrator, she has focused on achieving goals that improve the learning environment for children and her belief that all children deserve an education that meets them at their learning level. In her role as a Special Education Director, Manard has worked to keep students’ needs on the forefront while working with administrators and teachers to provide early intervention services to appropriately serve the students who need additional support.

Manard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Iowa, Masters of Science in Special Education from Western Illinois University, Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Ambrose University, Superintendent Endorsement from Iowa State University, and has completed all coursework for her Doctorate at Iowa State University in Educational Leadership with an anticipated graduation in December.

Mrs. Manard is originally from Davenport, Iowa and is married to Dr. Brad Manard, Superintendent of Schools for the Boone Community School District. The couple has two children; Jonathan, a senior at Iowa State University in Industrial Engineering, and Benjamin, a freshman at Iowa State University in Communication/Leadership Studies.

Mrs. Manard will officially begin her new role July 1, 2017.