The Pulaski County Special School District has hired a director of elementary education and a director of secondary education to oversee principals and direct the implementation of Common Core standards, the new state curriculum standards being implemented in kindergarten through eighth-grade next school year. Both positions will report to Dr. Linda Remele, the District’s deputy superintendent and will assume their positions July 1, 2012.
The District eliminated a deputy superintendent position prior to hiring the new directors.
Dr. John Tackett will be the director of secondary education. Currently he is the superintendent of the Lonoke School District. He has served in various roles there for the past 17 years, including secondary principal and assistant superintendent.
Tackett began his teaching career in PCSSD in 1988 at Jacksonville Junior High School South, where he taught for six years before becoming an assistant principal for the district.
Tackett has other ties to PCSSD. Before graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1979, he attended Sylvan Hills Junior High School and Sylvan Hills High School. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1984 with Bachelor of Arts degree and received his teacher licensure from the University of Central Arkansas. His master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dr. Janice Warren is PCSSD’s new director of elementary education. Warren, a retired educator, has worked in education for 33 years as an elementary teacher, principal, elementary supervisor, federal programs coordinator, assistant superintendent and superintendent – all in the Crossett School District.
Warren is a graduate of Crossett High School and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She received a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.