The Monett R-1 Board of Education has tapped two veteran educators as new administrators for the 2011-12 school year.
Brad Hanson, who has spent the current school year as director of the Southwest Area Career Center, has been hired as the R-1 District's new assistant superintendent. Hanson succeeds Julie Germann, who is retiring after three years with the district.
Russ Moreland, who has worked for the Pierce City R-6 District for the past 10 years, was hired to succeed Hanson as Career Center director.
"We're very excited to offer contracts to these high quality leaders," said Dr. John Jungmann, R-1 superintendent.
Hanson came to Monett after working for 16 years at the Cassville R-4 School District. He worked for six years as a physical education teacher and head boys basketball coach before taking up the duties of athletic director. Three years later he was hired as high school principal.
Under Hanson's leadership as principal, Cassville High School gained recognition as a Bronze Award winner by the "U.S. News and World Report" magazine. Cassville gained a High Schools That Work grant for a five-year period, which led to mandatory tutoring and a greater emphasis on literacy.
"Mr. Hanson brings a great knowledge in curriculum instruction that we will be able to use in this new district-wide position," Jungmann said.
In his letter to the Monett Board of Education in seeking the position, Hanson wrote, "Teachers in the buildings where I have served will tell you that my philosophy has always been to strive to improve myself professionally each and every day. I have asked my staff to attempt to do the same, which I believe has helped to improve individual teaching skills, as well as each building as a whole. I would hope that this intense commitment to constant improvement would serve well for the position of assistant superintendent."
Moreland returns to Monett after working as a teacher and coach for the district from 1994 to 1998. He was hired by the Marionville District, where he worked from 1998 to 2001 as a high school and junior high physical education teacher and assistant coach.
Moreland joined the Pierce City District in 2001 as high school principal. Under his tenure, Pierce City received the Missouri Gold Star Award and the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2006. In 2007, the district received the "U.S. News and World Report" Bronze Award.
Moreland became the R-6 superintendent in 2006. During his tenure, the district earned Distinction in Performance from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for five consecutive years. Moreland also serves on the board of directors for the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence and currently serves as conference president of the Spring River Valley Conference.
"Mr. Moreland brings a wealth of knowledge of the Career Center in his dealing with them for the last 10 years and will undoubtedly use that to bring us forward," Jungmann said.