Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Two hired in special education

by A.J. Hakim Staff Writer

June 20, 2013

The Grosse Pointe Public School System has hired Sue Lucchese and Lillie Loder as supervisors of special education. Both were approved at Monday’s regular meeting of the board of education and will serve alongside Stefanie Hayes, director of student services, in the student services department.

“Both candidates have an enormous amount of experience working with students with disabilities, families, staff and districts that have been very, very much infused in all of the successes and progress over the past 20-some years that both of them have been working in the public schools,” Hayes said.

Lucchese, already an employee of the district, has worked as program specialist and in other capacities for the past 27 years. As program specialist, Lucchese was PBS coordinator, liaison to the Partnership for Different Learners, she monitored and collected data, and handled

the Continuous Improvement and Monitoring System, the Michigan system used in special education to ensure compliance with state laws and positive outcomes.

Loder, an educator of 20-plus years, joins the district from Mount Clemens Community School District, where she most recently served in administration as the ninth grade small learning community coordinator.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Stefani and Lillie and continue to move this special education department forward into our new centuries of learning,” Lucchese said.

Loder shared a similar excitement. “I’m also looking forward to working with a new team. We’ve had a long time to go through everything. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people throughout the district, and I have nothing but praises to say. So, I’m excited, I’m really excited to be part of the team.”

According to Jon Dean, deputy superintendent of educational services, the hiring process lasted about two-and-a-half months and included an initial 92 applicants, followed by paper screenings, screener interviews, full interviews, reference checks and several other meetings.

“Ended up having almost 30 members of our community involved, from staff members, parents, et cetera, engaged,” Dean said.

The human resources report from Monday’s meeting also included four retirements, effective June 30. They were Ranae Beyerlein, biology and chemistry teacher at Grosse Pointe South High School; Paulette Manning, fifth grade teacher at Ferry Elementary School; Todd Manns, English teacher at Parcells Middle School; and Anne Mabley, counselor at South.