Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt has recommended Kristen Scott as the new Director of Federal Programs. Scott, who currently serves as the principal of Root Elementary School, will replace Dr. Mark Oesterle, who has recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Secondary Education.
“Kristen Scott has been a member of the FPS family for over 15 years. Her knowledge, experience, and history working in administration make her an obvious choice for this director position,” said Dr. Matthew Wendt, Superintendent of Schools. “I am glad to see her back in a central office role,” he continued.
“The restructuring of the district administrative team brings a timely opportunity for me to use my experience as a Fayetteville administrator to support teaching and learning for all students districtwide,” said Scott. “Fayetteville has always been a ‘students-first’ school community, and I love that. I am very pleased to be part of this strong leadership team which is continuing to build student-focused plans for our future,” said Scott.
Kristen Scott joined the district in 2002 and is currently the principal at Root Elementary School, where she has served the past two school years. Prior to her leadership at Root, she served as principal at The Owl Creek School from 2009 to 2015. From 2003 to 2009, she served as Director of Federal Programs. She also has ten years of experience as a classroom teacher.
She received her bachelor's degree in English literature, a master's degree in secondary education, and an Educational Specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Arkansas.
“We are excited to welcome Ms. Scott to the district’s central office team,” said Dr. Steven Weber, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “As we build the Division of Teaching and Learning, we are looking for experts in the field. Ms. Scott’s previous experience in Federal Programs makes her a welcome addition to the team.”