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FSPS Makes Administrative Hires

Fort Smith Public Schools has made the following administrative hires: Director of Special Education, Director of Recruitment and Retention, Assistant Director of Special Education, Beard Elementary Principal, Bonneville Elementary Principal, Carnall Elementary Principal, Cavanaugh Elementary Principal, Sutton Elementary Principal, Woods Elementary Principal, and Darby Assistant Principal 

Director of Recruitment and Retention

Dr. Amy Manley has been named Director of Recruitment and Retention. Dr. Manley currently serves as principal of Ramsey Middle School and has been in that role since 2016. Prior to serving as principal at Ramsey, Dr. Manley served as Darby Junior High Assistant Principal and Director of Bands at Kimmons Junior High. She has been with the District for 22 years. 

This is a new position funded entirely by Title IIA - Educator Recruitment and Retention. Dr. Manley will work with stakeholders to support and expand student achievement and success by aligning the district’s efforts to attract and retain highly skilled, highly talented educators who teach FSPS students. 

Director of Special Education

Domonique Alexander has been named Director of Special Education. Ms. Alexander currently serves as the Assistant Special Education Director at Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ms. Alexander previously served as Special Education Director at Jacksonville North Pulaski School District in Jacksonville, Arkansas, as well as in the Marshall County School District in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Assistant Director of Special Education

Dr. Taneka Tate has been named Assistant Director of Special Education. Dr. Tate currently serves as the principal of Carnall Elementary School and has been in that role since 2017. Prior to serving as principal at Carnall, Dr. Tate served as Assistant Principal at Park and Tilles elementary schools, Math and Literacy/Math Interventionist at Tilles Elementary, and teacher at Bonneville Elementary. She has been with the District for 16 years.

Beard Elementary Principal

Dana Rackley has been named principal of Beard Elementary School. Ms. Rackley currently serves as the assistant principal of Beard and Spradling elementary schools and has been in that role since 2018. Prior to serving as assistant principal at Beard and Spradling, Ms. Rackley served as an interventionist for the District. She has been with the District for 11 years.  

Bonneville Elementary Principal

Donna Jones has been named principal of Bonneville Elementary School. Ms. Jones currently serves as the assistant principal of Bonneville and Ballman elementary schools and has been in that role since 2021. Prior to serving as assistant principal at Bonneville and Ballman, Ms. Jones served as a Title 1 Elementary Specialist at Euper Lane Elementary School and a Lead First Grade and Kindergarten Teacher at Barling Elementary School. She has been with the District for 10 years. 

Carnall Elementary Principal

Jennie Mathews has been named principal of Carnall Elementary School. Ms. Mathews currently serves as the principal of Sutton Elementary School and has been in that role since 2011. Prior to serving as principal at Sutton, Ms. Mathews served as an assistant principal at Fairview and Tilles elementary schools. She has been with the District for 16 years. 

Cavanaugh Elementary Principal

Clint Gillman has been named principal of Cavanaugh Elementary School. Mr. Gillman currently serves as the assistant principal of Sutton Elementary School and has been in that role since 2019. Prior to serving as assistant principal at Sutton, Mr. Gillman served as a teacher at Northside High School. He has been with the District for 5 years.

Sutton Elementary Principal

JaimeAnn Hopton has been named principal of Sutton Elementary School. Ms. Hopton currently serves as principal of Gibson Elementary School in Woodland, California and has been in that role since 2019. Prior to serving as principal at Gibson, Ms. Hopton served as principal of Sunset Ranch Elementary School in Rocklin, California. She has 6 years of principal experience in California. 

Woods Elementary Principal 

Sharla Whitson has been named principal of Woods Elementary School. Ms. Whitson currently serves as principal of Bonneville Elementary and has been in that role for 13 years. Prior to serving as principal at Bonneville, Ms. Whitson served as an Assistant Principal at Sutton and Fairview elementary schools. She has been with the District for 25 years. 

Darby Assistant Principal

Emilee Moss has been named assistant principal at Darby Middle School. Ms. Moss currently serves as a Social Studies teacher and coach at Darby Middle School and has been in that role since 2016. Prior to serving as teacher and coach at Darby, Ms. Moss served Wichita High School West in Wichita, Kansas.