QUINCY -- Two longtime Quincy Public Schools educators are taking on new roles for the 2018-19 school year.
Brenda Fleer, school administration manager at Quincy Junior High School, will become the school's assistant principal for curriculum and instruction effective July 1. She takes over the role held by Kim Dinkheller, who becomes the district's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Lori Miles will continue as director of the Academic Behavior and Community Academy, or ABC, and take on a second role as director of the Adams County Regional Safe Schools program, or ACRSS, now led by Cheryl Dreasler, who is returning to the classroom at Quincy High School.
"What we're going to do is, we're hiring a SAM so our setup and our system will be the same as all of our other schools," Miles said. "It won't be me doing double duty. It will be also having the SAM in place."
Only the leadership structure for the ABC and ACRSS programs is changing.
"Our staff will be able to collaborate for our professional learning communities, but the two programs as of right now will remain separate as far as student services," Miles said.
But Miles expects the two programs can benefit each other. Both serve students struggling with academic, behavioral and attendance issues in the regular classroom and students with individualized education plans struggling with the same issues.
"What I've been telling both staffs is, the ACRSS program might be doing something really wonderful we will want to implement at the ABC Academy and the same for them," Miles said.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to continue to work here with providing social-emotional and academic support for students that have not been able to be successful in their home school and really excited being able to have that chance at the ACRSS program, as well."
Miles, 52, began working with ABC five years ago, just as the program was getting underway. She previously taught in the QJHS special education program for 19 years and in the self-contained autism program at Monroe and Baldwin schools for five years.
With the assistant principal post, Fleer takes on her third administrative role at QJHS after serving as the SAM for this past school year and previously as dean of students for seventh grade.
As an English language arts teacher, she taught regular education classes, honors and inclusion along with a focused study skills class. She also was head of the English department, a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports coach and a lunchroom supervisor.
"All of the positions helped me better understand and work with the whole child," Miles said. "When you get to see every aspect, the more comprehensive approach to ensure needs are being met for the students, you can ensure their success."
Fleer, 41, wants to continue contributing at QJHS by focusing on curriculum and instruction, familiar subjects from her years in the classroom. She and Dinkheller are working together this month to ensure a smooth transition to the new job.
"When opportunity knocks, I've always told my students never close a door, always open it. Change is never easy, but use it to grow as individuals and educators," she said. "Administrators take on so many roles, wear so many hats, but never want to lose sight of why we're here, which is the students."