On Monday, April 25, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved naming Dr. JoAnn Wiechmann as
the new Executive Director of Special Education. Dr. Wiechmann joins GCISD with more than
30 years experience as a speech pathologist and special education coordinator.
The search for a new Executive Director of Special Education began when Laura Hill accepted
a position at GCISDs Collegiate Academy as the counselor.
“We look forward to Dr. Wiechmann joining the GCISD team,” said Dr. Rick Westfall, GCISD’s
Chief Learning Officer. “Her vast campus and district experience, coupled with her professional
appointments at the state and national level, make her extremely knowledgeable and an asset
and advocate for our families with students needing special services.”
Dr. Wiechmann began her career in 1986 as a speech pathologist with the Wise County Special
Education Cooperative. From there she moved into the classroom as a speech pathologist,
working for districts in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2003, Dr. Wiechmann moved into central
administration as the coordinator of special education evaluation in Pasadena ISD where she
was responsible for a team of 60 speech pathologists. Since July 2012 she has served as the
special education compliance coordinator in Irving ISD.
In the past 10 years, Dr. Wiechmann has been appointed to various committees for the Texas
SpeechLanguage Hearing Association and American SpeechLanguage Hearing Association.
Currently she sits on the ethical practices, leadership development and public school advisory
joint committees. Additionally she is the chair of the school issues advisory board for the
American SpeechLanguage Hearing Association.
“I look forward to building relationships with the families, students, and staff in Grapevine-
Colleyville ISD as we work together on behalf of students with disabilities,” Dr. Wiechmann said.
Dr. Wiechmann earned a bachelor’s in Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and
Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a master’s in Speech/Language Pathology
from Texas Women’s University. In 2012 she received her doctoral degree in Educational
Leadership with a focus on Response to Intervention for Language Skills from Walden