Springfield Public Schools announced the hiring of a Kansas educator as the new Director of Study Alternative Center.
Brenda Dennis, currently an assistant principal at Emporia, Kansas High School, will take over the district’s alternative programs on July 1, 2020. She will take over from Justin Dickenson, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
“I have always believed that strong relationships and continuous learning are at the core of school success,” Dennis said in a statement. “When teachers, students, families and school leaders work together to make those connections and are dedicated to a common vision, there’s no limit to what we can achieve. I am excited that Springfield Public Schools is providing this opportunity to continue doing what I love.”
Dennis received her education degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin, with a master’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee.
“Our team looks forward to welcoming Ms. Dennis to Study Alternative Center and to SPS,” Dr. Shane Dublin, executive director of secondary learning for SPS, said in a statement. “Ms. Dennis’ experience with trauma-informed care, career and technical education, restorative practices, social-emotional learning and data-driven leadership make her exceptionally well-prepared for this opportunity.”