- Fort Smith School District
FSPS Veterans Appointed to New Positions
Dr. Ginni McDonald, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Learning
Dr. Ginni McDonald has been selected as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Learning. This position incorporates the current responsibilities of the supervisor of professional development and oversees, under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, curriculum development and content, program design and budgets for education programs.
Dr. McDonald has served FSPS for the last 10 years in a variety of roles including Director of Secondary Education, Principal of Northside High School and Assistant Principal of Northside. She also earned distinction as the 2016 Arkansas Secondary Principal of the Year.
“Dr. McDonald is clearly passionate about Vision 2023. Her strengths include planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that meet the goals of our district strategic plan. She has been involved in many of our district initiatives from the beginning and has a wealth of knowledge and experience related to seeing a project from inception to implementation,” said Dr. Tiffany Bone, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Fort Smith Public Schools.
“I’m honored to further serve the district in this role. It has been so rewarding to be a part of the work with secondary education and I look forward to working with many more educators as we prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Ginni McDonald, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Learning.
Ms. Lori Griffin, Director of Elementary Education
Lori Griffin has been selected as the Director of Elementary Education. Ms. Griffin has served as the principal of Ballman Elementary School since 2013 and also previously served as an elementary principal in Ozark. She is a leader in our district and the State for her work in developing Ballman as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school.
Ms. Griffin will oversee the operation of 19 elementary schools (PK-5) as she supervises elementary school principals, and assigned curriculum under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She will also plan, coordinate and administer the functions of elementary school curriculum, professional development, student services, school improvement efforts, and student data integrity.
“Ms. Griffin has a firm command of the PLC Process and a well-articulated plan for helping to take PLCs to scale in our district. She is a collaborative leader who is focused on building on the firm foundation left by Dr. Johns to take her team to the next level of operating as a true professional learning community of building leaders. Her positive energy and passion for the students and teachers in our district was palpable in her interview. She is an exceptional leader in our district and our state,” said Dr. Tiffany Bone, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Fort Smith Public Schools.
“I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to serve in this role and to continue working with the dedicated principals, teachers and staff across this growing district,” said Lori Griffin, Director of Elementary Education.