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Leadership changes bring veteran administrators to new areas

November 16, 2010
Superintendent Carole Smith has announced  leadership changes at Maplewood Elementary School and the Integrated Student Support Department.

Maplewood Principal John Blanck will become interim director of principal hiring beginning Jan. 1. He will oversee the selection of all principals, vice principals and assistant principals during the spring hiring season. The position is currently vacant.

Joanne Mabbott, director of special education and interventions, will become interim principal at Maplewood. Jennifer Jackson, associate director of special education, will become interim director of special education.

All three will hold the jobs through next June, allowing PPS to complete hiring processes for each of the positions.

Blanck trained in psychology with a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and a master’s in school psychology from Eastern Illinois University. He started at PPS in 1991 as a school psychologist and became principal at Maplewood in 2000. Among John’s specialized areas of interest are bilingual and multi-cultural education, leadership strategies and alternative education.

Mabbott has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Oregon State University. She taught for 16 years in general education and special education, and has also served for 16 years as an administrator – 10 years as a principal at alternative schools for the Northwest Regional Education Service District in Hillsboro, one year as a special education administrator for PPS in 2004-05 and five years as a director of special education in Alaska and Hillsboro and then, starting in 2008, at PPS.

Jackson earned a bachelor’s in elementary and special education from the University of Idaho and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Azusa Pacific University. She taught special education in several school districts between 1990 and 2000, then served as a special education consultant and program director in Colorado. She joined PPS in 2008 as assistant director for special education and became associate director the following year.

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