Kristen Hardy has been tapped to replace Frances English as the director of special education. Hardy has worked numerous jobs pertaining to special education throughout her career, including as principal at Triton Academy in Camarillo and an elementary school in Simi Valley. Hardy's most recent position was the director of special education in the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, where she worked for two years.
Beverly Tom, whose background spans more than 30 years in education, will take over as the assistant director of special education. Like Hardy, Tom was the principal of several schools in the Bay Area, including Valle Verde Elementary School in Walnut Creek and Alamo Elementary in San Ramon. She most recently held the positions of interim assistant superintendent and school support specialist in the Mount Diablo Unified School District.
Both Tom and Hardy were "selected for their ability to build personal connections with students, families and colleagues, and to provide programs that will meet the needs of each student in the program," said MVLA spokeswoman Cynthia Greaves.
If the appointments are approved by the district board of trustees Aug. 13, Hardy and Tom plan to start in the fall, supervising roughly 450 students who are currently enrolled in MVLA's special education program. The duo would report to MVLA's associate superintendent of education services, Margarita Navarro.
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