GCISD welcomes new Executive Director of Special Education
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 University.