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Nixa Educator Switches Gears

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Nixa Educator Switches Gears

By Mike Morgan. CREATED Feb 1, 2013

From A Press Release

Nixa Public Schools is pleased to announce an administrative transfer. Karen McKnight, current Director of Activities and Assistant Principal at Nixa High School, will be transferring to the position of Assistant Director of Special Services beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

In January of 2014, Mrs. McKnight will assume the position of Director of Special Services and replace Sandy Gold, who is currently serving as Interim Director of Special Services. Mrs. Gold will mentor Mrs. McKnight over the coming year as she transitions into the role of Director of Special Services. Mrs. Gold will then continue her work part time with the district as the Coordinator of Compliance for the Special Services Department.

When Mrs. McKnight joined the Nixa Public Schools family, she taught special education for five years. Since then, she has worked for seven years in administration at Nixa High School transforming the athletic and activities department and placing a heavy focus on student success both on and off of the field.

During her time at Nixa High School, the teams and programs have achieved both state and national successes. Nixa High School was also named a Missouri State High School Activities Association “Five-Star School” for both 2010-11 and 2011-2012, one of only 16 high schools in the state to receive the honor for two years in a row.

Mrs. McKnight has been recognized for her drive for student success with the “Friend of Youth Award” in 2009 from the Christian County Optimist Club. And, most recently, she was named to the 2013 “40 Under 40” List by the Springfield Business Journal.

She has inspired and led a team of 70+ coaches and sponsors that encompass over 1100 students at the high school putting academics first. Her high school programs have worked with the Champions Committed to Kids program for the past two-and-a-half years matching up children with chronic disabilities/illness with athletic teams for an unforgettable experience. As Mrs. McKnight returns to her roots in special education, she is excited for the opportunity to work with a new team of experts. Her vision for academic excellence puts students first and this will serve her well in her new role with Nix Public Schools.

Mrs. McKnight is a proven administrative leader with Nix Public Schools, who possesses strengths as a team-builder and effective communicator.

Dr. Stephen Klein smith, superintendent, stated, “Mrs. McKnight has an excellent track record of working with colleagues to bring about what is best for those she serves… I couldn’t be more pleased with this administrative transfer.”