We received a news release last week announcing the naming of two new players in the Columbia Public School District: Dr. Kim Presko and Dr. Jolene Yoakum.
Presko is currently in the CPS district as the principal at Oakland Junior High School. Her new role as principal for Battle High School, while technically not effective until July 2012, begins now with her participation in many planning meetings.
Yoakum is currently working for the Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, Texas. She has been an educator since 1979 and is originally from the Kansas City area. Effective July 2012, she will succeed Wanda Brown as assistant superintendent for secondary education.
I had the opportunity to talk with Yoakum about her new position last week. It may have taken three different phone calls but I finally was able to get enough information to write a story that worked.
Hopefully, if nothing else, it will serve as an introduction of Yoakum to the community.