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Tom Vander Ark, the superintendent of the Federal Way, Wash., schools, has been named the executive director of education initiatives with the Gates Education Initiative, a new segment of the Gates Learning Foundation in Redmond, Wash. Beginning July 1, Mr. Vander Ark, 39, will lead K-12 education projects for the foundation, which was created by Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft Corp.

The National Council for the Social Studies has chosen its new president, president-elect, and vice president. The 24,000-member association has named Richard Theisen, a teacher at Osseo (Minn.) High School as its president for 1999-2000, effective July 1. Susan A. Adler, an associate professor of education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will become president-elect and will serve as president in 2000-01. Adrian Davis, an executive associate for assessment development/outreach and mobilization for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Southfield, Mich., was named vice president.

Scott Poland is the new president-elect of the National Association of School Psychologists, and will become the organization's president in July 2000. Mr. Poland is the director of psychological services for the 60,000-student Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston. Mr. Poland has twice been named the outstanding school psychologist in Texas and is recognized nationally for his work on crisis teams sent to scenes of school violence.

The New Mexico state school board has three new officers. Flora Sanchez of Albuquerque, the coordinator of New Mexico Network of the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Initiative, was elected president. John Darden, a lawyer in Las Cruces, was elected vice president of the 15-member board, and Margaret Davis, the president of Taos Hacienda Inn Inc. in Taos, was chosen to serve as the state board's secretary.

--Meghan Mullan

Vol. 18, Issue 38, Page 2

Published in Print: June 2, 1999, as People in the News
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