Associate Superintendents & CFO

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Dr. Kim Garrett

Dr. Kim Garrett, Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services

Dr. Kim Garrett, now serving as the Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, joined Fayetteville Public Schools in July 2014 as the Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education.  As Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, Dr. Garrett leads and directs the team of principals at all schools across the school district.  Prior to joining FPS, Dr. Garrett served as Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Springdale Public Schools, and as Principal for Bentonville High School and Washington Junior High in Bentonville.  She spent over 15 years in the classroom as a literacy teacher. 

Dr. Garrett received her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas, her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Missouri State University and her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Pittsburg State University.  She has completed the Master Principal Institute through the University of Arkansas.

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Dr. Steven Weber

Dr. Steven Weber, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Joining the Fayetteville School District for the 2016-2017 School year as Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Weber serves the district as Chief Academic Officer, providing leadership and direction for district curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability, including all academic departments.

Dr. Weber previously served as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His previous experience includes roles as principal, Director of Secondary Instruction, Social Studies Specialist, and elementary teacher. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University in 2016 and a master’s in educational administration from Arkansas State University in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in 1996. He holds both Superintendent and Principal credentials. Dr. Weber is a native of Springdale, Arkansas and is a graduate of Springdale High School.

He was elected in 2015 to serve on the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Board of Directors, and in 2014 he was elected Vice President of North Carolina chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Weber is the co-founder of Edcamp Elon, widely published in ASCD SmartBrief, and writes an education blog that has garnered over 34,000 hits. He was selected one of the “25 North Carolina Educators to Follow” on twitter (@curriculumblog).

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John L Colbert

John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent for Support Services

Mr. John L Colbert, as Associate Superintendent for Support Services, provides leadership for the departments of Child Nutrition, Maintenance, and Human Resources.  A native of Rondo, Arkansas, he graduated from Barton High School in 1973 as the first African-American Valedictorian.  Attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he received a BSE in Education (1976) followed by a Master of Education in 1982.  He is pursuing a doctorate in Education Leadership, completion date is August 2017. 

In 1986, Mr. Colbert began his career in education as the first African-American Special Education Teacher at Bates Elementary in Fayetteville. He taught there in both special education (4 years) and the sixth grade (4 years) classrooms until becoming the Principal at Howard Elementary School in Ft. Smith (1984) where he worked until 1987.  Returning to work in the Fayetteville district as the first African-American Principal in 1987, Mr. Colbert served as the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School until 1995.  In 1995, John L Colbert was selected to serve at the helm of the newly constructed Holcomb Elementary. In 2008 he joined the district administrative team as Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools, and is embracing his new role, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year as serving as Associate Superintendent for Support Services.

Mr. John L Colbert has been actively involved in a number of civic and professional groups including the Arkansas Association for Education Administrators, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, North Central Accreditation Team, Holcomb Elementary School PTA, South Washington County PTA Council, University of Arkansas Partners in Education, “Break The Mold” Schools, Arkansas A+ Advisory Council and Special Olympics.  He is the Advisor and Founder of the Northwest Arkansas King Team. He was most recently selected as Big Brother of the Year by Northwest Arkansas Big Brother Big Sisters.

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Kathy Hanlon
Kathy Hanlon, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Hanlon has served the Fayetteville School District as Chief Financial Officer since the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to joining the FPS Administrative team, she was CFO at the Rogers Public School District for 20 years. She is the current Arkansas Director for the South Eastern Association of School Business Officials. She is a current Association of Arkansas School Business Officials board member.   She testified in the Lake View lawsuit, before the Special Masters of the Arkansas Supreme Court and was Arkansas School Business Official of the year in 2010. Before starting in schools she was a fraud auditor, wrote large block development grants, was on the team that wrote the FAA grant for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, and was the concession manager for the City of Indianapolis.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University. She has taken advanced courses at the School of Governmental Finance at Texas Tech University and at the University of Indiana/ Purdue University at Indianapolis.