Haysville USD 261 is announcing new administrative appointments for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Angie Estell, Director of Special Education
Angie Estell is the new Director of Special Education replacing Becky Cezar who retired.
Estell came to Haysville USD 261 in 2004 to be a School Psychologist at Campus High School and Rex and Oatville Elementary Schools. In 2007, she was nam
ed the Assistant Director of Special Education, a position she held until assuming the duties as Director of Special Education.
Estell has earned the following degrees from Pittsburg State University: Specialist in Education, School Psychology; Master of Science, General Psychology and Bachelor of Science Justice Studies with a minor in Sociology. She has School Leadership Licensure from Baker University and District Leadership Licensure from Wichita State University. Estell is currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Education from Southwestern College.
“As I start my twelfth year in Haysville schools, I am delighted to be in the position as Director of Special Education,” Estell said. “The amount of passion and determination that not only special education staff, but all staff, infuse into instructing and supporting all students in our community is unimaginable. As a leader within the district, I hope to continue to empower, encourage, and inspire the staff to lead our students to excellence.”
Dr. Donna Ferguson, Freeman Elementary School Principal
Dr. Donna Ferguson has been named Principal of Freeman Elementary School replacing Andi Williams who is now Superintendent South Barber USD 255. She comes to Haysville from Herington USD 487 where she served as Elementary Principal and Title I Director. Prior to that, she served as a Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach and Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher at Wichita USD 259. Dr. Ferguson also taught in Plano, Texas and Blue Valley, Kansas.
Dr. Ferguson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Doctoral Degree in Education from Wichita State University, her Master of Arts Degree in School Leadership from Baker University and her District Leadership Licensure at Friends University.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work in Haysville USD 261 as the Freeman Elementary Principal,” Dr. Ferguson said. “I am simply me…I have a passion for kids, a desire to serve our school and community and a willingness to be a life-long learner! This is going to be a great year at Freeman Elementary School and I am looking forward to serving you and your children.”
Josh Godwin, Director of Transportation
Josh Godwin was appointed as the new Director of Transportation replacing B.J. Knudson who is now the District’s Executive Director of Operations.
Before accepting the position, Godwin worked from 2006 – 2008 at Haysville Middle School and Campus High School teaching computers, physical education and physical training. He also coached basketball and football. He moved to Haysville West Middle School when it opened in 2008 serving as a Physical Training teacher and he was Head of the Electives Department. Godwin served as Head Football Coach, Head Boys Basketball Coach (2008 – 2009), Head Tennis Coach (2009 – 2011) and Assistant Track Coach (2013 – 2015).
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education K – 12 at Wichita State University and a Master of Science Degree in School Leadership from Baker University.
“Every day I have an awesome opportunity to do what I love to do. I’m able to build relationships, grow as a professional and have a blast doing it,” Godwin said.
Charla Heddin, Assistant Director of Special Education
Haysville USD 261 is announcing the appointment Charla Heddin as the new Assistant Director of Special Education.
Heddin was Special Education District Coordinator at Emporia Public Schools for the last four years. During her career, she has been a Special Education Teacher in the Sedgwick County Cooperative, Harvey County Cooperative, Reno County Cooperative, Tri-County Cooperative and Marion County Cooperative.
Heddin was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education and a Master of Education in Behavior Disorders from Emporia State University. She has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University. She will earn her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in 2016 from Wichita State University
“I am delighted to be working in an environment where people are happy to be at work and where working doesn’t feel like a JOB,” Heddin said. “The Haysville Public Schools staff are just wonderful, so friendly.”
B.J. Knudson, Executive Director of Operations
B.J. Knudson has been appointed as Executive Director of Operations replacing Galen Davis who retired. Before accepting the new position, Knudson was the District’s Director of Transportation from 2011 to 2015 and he will remain the Energy Manager.
Knudson started his career in the District in 2001 when he hired as a para-educator in the I.D.E.A. room at Haysville Middle School. In 2002, he was hired as the Special Education teacher at HMS where he worked until he moved into the Director of Transportation position.
Knudson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Sciences from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Wichita State University. He earned a Master of Science Degree in School Leadership from Baker University.
“I feel fortunate for the opportunity for advancement within USD 261. I have worn many hats throughout my 15 years and am excited to fulfill the capacity of Executive Director of Operations,” Knudson explained.
Bruce Lolling, Campus High School Assistant Principal.
Bruce Lolling is the new Assistant Principal at Campus High School replacing Tracey Repp who retired.
Lolling was a Social Science Teacher at Campus High School from 2005 – 2014. He accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Augusta Middle School for the 2014 – 2015 school year. He was a Social Science teacher at Hutchinson High School 1995 – 1998 and McPherson High School 1998 – 2005.
Lolling earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from McPherson College, Master of Arts in American History from Emporia State and a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University.
“I am excited to be back in the Haysville School District as an Assistant Principal at Campus High School,” Lolling noted. “I learned a tremendous amount in my year away and am looking forward to applying my new knowledge alongside some long-standing colleagues as well as many fresh faces. I am pleased with the improvements that have been approved in the recent bond election and am eager to see them come to fruition. I am happy that I have been given the opportunity to return to the building and district that I consider to be home.”
Jennifer Reed, K- 12 Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Jennifer Reed is the new K- 12 Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator replacing Pat Yorgensen who retired.
Reed was a Learning Facilitator, Title I Teacher and Fourth Grade Teacher at Nelson Elementary School 2002 – 2013. She accepted a job at Derby Hills Elementary School as Principal for the 2013 – 2014 school year. She returned to Haysville Public Schools in 2014 as a Learning Facilitator at Ruth Clark Elementary School.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Wichita State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Education: Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Baker University and a Master of Science Degree in School Leadership from Baker University.
“I am beyond excited to start my new position,” Reed said. “It has always been a dream of mine to work with curriculum at the district level and to be given the chance to do so in such an extraordinary district as Haysville, is icing on the cake. Haysville USD 261 is such an innovative district and I am privileged to have the opportunity to contribute!”