The Grand Island Public Schools has announced the hiring of eight new administrators for the 2019-2020 school year.

The new academy principal for the Academy of Technical Sciences will be D.W. Holley. Holley moves from his position as West Lawn Elementary principal. Holley has been a GIPS elementary and middle school administrator since 2009. He replaces Dan Phillips who was previously named the district’s director of innovation for college and career readiness.

There will be two new GIPS elementary principals this fall.

Mikhail Happ will replace Holley at West Lawn Elementary. Happ has been in education eight years, most recently as the instructional coach at the school.

Rob Bishop will lead the Knickrehm Elementary staff. Bishop joins GIPS after nine years in Fremont Public Schools, where he was elementary PE teacher, a PBIS/MTSS coach and, most recently, the assistant principal at the grade 5-6 building.

Amy Richards is the new early childhood education coordinator. Richards comes to GIPS from Educational Service Unit 16, where she was the early learning connection coordinator. She has been in education for 12 years.

Jordyn Hubbard will be the new Skills Academy coordinator. She has been with GIPS since student teaching at Walnut Middle School in the fall of 2012 and joining the staff full time immediately after in the spring of 2013 as a DLP math teacher. She has taken on a variety of special education roles since, most recently as the Senior High special education instructional coach.

At the middle school level, there will be two new assistant principals this fall.

Lloyd McIntyre joins the Barr Middle School staff from Hastings Public Schools, where he served as an individual skills development program coordinator, high school special education teacher, classroom para, and most recently, a third grade teacher.

This will be his eighth year in K-12 education, with an additional six years working in higher ed.

Stefanie Novotny will join the Westridge Middle School team. She joins GIPS after four years in the Millard Public Schools and nine years at Lincoln Pius X. She has been a math teacher and coach for softball and basketball.

GIPS Superintendent Tawana Grover said this group of new GIPS leaders has already joined the district in professional development opportunities in preparing for the next school year.

“Our team has worked to find the right leaders to provide the GIPS experience for all of our students,” she said. “We are enthusiastic about the new administrators joining us and those moving up from other positions within the district. We are fortunate when we can promote leaders from within as well as attract others who have a desire to join our team to help students thrive.”

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