David Snowden, Franklin Special School District director of schools, announced Mary Decker as the new associate director of schools April 17 upon the departure of former Associate Director Catherine Stephens, according to a press release from the school district.
According to the release, Decker, who previously served as the FSSD curriculum and professional learning supervisor for the past six years, has over 20 years of experience in teaching and administration within public, private and charter schools. She also holds a doctorate of education in leading organizations and strategic change from Lipscomb University, a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Ohio State University.
“Dr. Decker is the ultimate professional, and her experience in the FSSD teaching and learning process will provide a seamless transition for the district,” Snowden said in the release. “She has a great work ethic and understands and appreciates the importance of collaboration and teamwork.”
Decker’s new role will include leading the district’s professional learning efforts; overseeing textbooks and learning resources; and collaborating with teachers, principals and administrators.
“I am both excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Decker said in the release. “After six years as a member of the FSSD Teaching and Learning team, I am really looking forward to continuing to focus my attention on the district’s vision of ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All’ from the global perspective that the associate director role provides.”