Fort Dodge Senior High has two new assistant principals this year: Lynnae Harvey and Allison Emery.
This is Emery's first year with the Fort Dodge Community School District. Emery, who previously served 14 years at Storm Lake Community School District as a middle school educator, is eager to be beginning as an assistant principal at FDSH, she said.
"I've been on the job now for a week and a half and I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of really incredible and supportive people," she said Friday. "I'm looking forward to the opportunities I'm going to have in this position."
Harvey has been an educator for 25 years, having spent the past five years as a counselor at the senior high. Harvey, too, is excited about being an FDSH assistant principal.
"I'm excited about the challenges, the opportunity, the people I get to work with, the teams," she said.
Though both Emery and Harvey are assistant principals, their roles differ. Emery monitors the school's ninth grade students and Harvey oversees the school's 10th-graders. Assistant Principal Kevin Astor will supervise the school's 11th- and 12th-grade students.
"Our roles are a little different," Harvey said. "I do some management stuff, some professional learning with staff, work with students and their families. I will be specifically working with the 10th-grade students and some special ed students."
Harvey will also continue to facilitate the district's Response to Intervention program.
"It's a framework for structuring your school to try to meet the needs of all the students," she said. "When students aren't meeting success, what interventions do you put into place to help that student become successful."
Emery, in addition to mentoring, will be in charge of the school's ninth-grade academy.
"We're just looking to enhance the program that already exists so we can ease transitions for students, support them in the transition from middle school to high school and to use some of the process with RTI to support students in being successful academically and behaviorally in that first year of high school," she said. "That sets them up for success then, so they can matriculate through to high school and have more success as they go through."
Both administrators will work with the school's staff to "help the teachers better understand or change what they're doing to meet the needs of all students," Harvey said.
According to Emery, they will be "supporting teachers as they look to make their curriculum as rigorous as possible."