School district hires director

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Northwest ISD officials Wednesday announced the hiring of Melissa DeSimone as the director of research, assessment and accountability. DeSimone replaces Rose Brenner, who took a job as an assistant superintendent with Irving ISD after a year as the inaugural director.

District officials say the position was created in 2012 to bring the “statistical experience” that would be needed to interpret the newest version of standardized testing – the STAAR.

Dr. DeSimone has been the program coordinator at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where she organized the secondary education master’s program. She has also served as a clinical instructor for the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University.

DeSimone brings 10 years of teaching experience at the middle and high school levels.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. DeSimone in her new role,” Rue said in a press release issued by the district. “I am confident she will help our students achieve great successes. Her experience in K-16 educational research is an asset to NISD and our focus on continuous improvement.”

DeSimone earned a doctorate in educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University and a master’s in counseling and a bachelor’s in psychology from Northern Arizona University. She completed a post-baccalaureate certificate program in secondary education from Ottawa University.

Her work has been published in Teachers Education Quarterly, and she has given presentations across the nation for Arizona State University.

Dr. DeSimone will assume her role at Northwest ISD May 13.

“I’m looking forward to helping the district achieve its goals and educating students to the maximum capacity,” she said.

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