Jasper hires new curriculum director

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — A Tell City educator will take over curriculum planning for Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools.

The school board hired Kim Strobel, 39, to fill the curriculum director position formerly held by Superintendent Tracy Lorey. The job has been vacant since Lorey assumed the lead administrative spot in June 2012.

Upon the departure of former assistant superintendent Bob Hacker last month, Lorey explained, Lorey and the board decided to fill only one of those two positions for the new school year. The building maintenance duties formerly performed by Hacker will now be taken care of by a preventative maintenance program being implemented by The Stenftenagel Group of Jasper.

After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1999, Strobel began her career as a fourth-grade teacher at Perry Central Elementary School for four years and at William Tell Elementary School for two years. She then became the literacy coordinator for the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., a position she held for three years.

During that time, Strobel began working as an outside consultant for education centers throughout the state. Her work led her to a job traveling throughout the Midwest with consulting firm Smekens Education of Warren last school year.

When her workload became too heavy to allow for a balance with family, Strobel resigned and applied for the Jasper job. She said she is excited to begin her new career.

“There’s an incredible energy taking place in this school system,” Strobel said. “My biggest goal would be to continue to support their teachers and their effective practices that they have going on in the classroom. The teachers here are really hungry. They’re hungry for the knowledge.”

Strobel lives in Tell City with her husband, Scott, and son, Spencer, 13. She is also a stepmother to three grown children.

Contact Claire Moorman at cmoorman@dcherald.com.

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