Thee's somebody new leading the famed private school for hearing and deaf kids...

RITA A. LEONARD - The new Principal at Tucker Maxon School, in the Reed neighborhood, is its former first grade teacher - Jennifer Carver. On August 1, Jennifer Carver became the new Principal at Tucker Maxon School, the mission of which has expanded not only to teach deaf and hard of hearing kids, but also children with typical hearing, in the same classrooms.

"I'm taking over for our former Principal, Linda Goodwin, who taught here for over 30 years," acknowledged Carver. "She was Principal here for the last 5 of her years, but is transitioning out with a part-time morning job in the second-third grade classroom, while I'm transitioning in from the first grade classroom."

Carver began her career at the school in 2000 as an educational assistant. "When I started here, I immediately became an advocate for these kids – it just felt like home to me. I received an M.Ed. in Deaf Education at Lewis & Clark College, and have worked here ever since, although I did take some time out for family.

"We do all speech and language teaching here, with an enrollment of over 100 students. We help our kids both to listen and talk clearly. We're working on growing our program both socially and emotionally.

"There are quite a few new staff members coming in this fall. There will be a new audiologist, speech pathologist, art teacher, and two new educational assistants. We're excited to be adding to our family here." Carver spent August settling into her new office, ready to take the helm for the new school year.

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