Effective in July, Lynn Hathaway will become Ascension Public Schools’ new director of special education, replacing the retiring Susan Vaughn.
"For the past 16 years, Lynn has worked in our district serving children with special needs and those who need specialized attention. We are privileged to have Lynn's services in Ascension and are excited for what is ahead in our special education programs under her leadership," Superintendent David Alexander said.
For more than 25 years, Hathaway has been an advocate for the needs of at-risk children. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Youngstown State University in 1987 and a law degree from Ohio State University in 1990. She went on to serve as a juvenile defense attorney and a treatment foster care parent for children with intensive needs, being named Kinship Village Foster Parent of the Year in 1997.
Hathaway earned a master’s degree in special education from LSU in 2002, with the master’s program focusing on children in the juvenile justice system. She began working for Ascension Public Schools after graduation, serving as a special education teacher, lead teacher, special education coordinator, assistant principal and principal at APPLe Digital Academy.
"The potential to reach so many struggling students in our district is both an incredible responsibility and what I hope will be an incredible experience for me,” Hathaway said. “I would also like to personally thank Susan Vaughn for her many years of dedication and support of the children who need the most help. I look forward to working with the special education team in moving our kids forward.”