New Directors Selected The Magnolia School Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new leadership team that will officially begin work on May 30, 2008. After extensive discussions, consultation with the school staff, and very interesting interviews with our candidates, it was decided to move forward with a dual directorship. Sophie Wacongne has accepted the position of Educational Director and Katy McGlynn has accepted the position of Administrative Director. Based on conversations with them, we expect Sophie and Katy to work very closely together, and with school staff, students, and parents, to meet the diverse needs of our school. The board feels very fortunate to have such talented members of our community step forward as our leadership. We look forward to a smooth transition and anticipate that Magnolia School will flourish under their guidance. A bit of background on our up and coming Directors ? Sophie - You may know Sophie as the parent of Emilie and Jeremie. She has also been teaching French in the 3/4/5 classroom for two years. Sophie was born and educated in France. She has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She taught science and math at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale for seven years before coming to FSU as a Scholar Scientist. She looks forward to working with the teachers as they develop the upcoming themes and is especially interested in participating in planning for science at Magnolia. Sophie is also the founder and facilitator of a support group for parents of children on the autism spectrum. We expect that this expertise will be a valuable asset in our classrooms. Katy ? It is certain that you already know Katy who has been an indispensable part of the school administration since 2004, first as our bookkeeper and most recently as our office manager. Two of her children, Cassie and Rory, have already graduated from Magnolia School and Julia will be in the middle school next year. In the past few years, Katy has become closely involved with many different aspects of the school: budgeting, recruiting, administering various scholarships, supporting teachers, working with the Board of Directors, and communicating with parents both formally and informally. Her new position will build on many of these duties with the addition of new responsibilities. In addition to her work for Magnolia School, Katy is also highly involved as a Chief Officer of their family business; McGlynn Laboratories, Inc. Katy has already shown herself to be a real team-builder who works toward consensus decisions whenever possible. We feel thankful to have her experience and knowledge as we develop a new style of administration for Magnolia School.