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New director of elementary ed brings local perspective, heart for kids

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce its new director of elementary instruction: Brenda McVicker.

McVicker is a longtime Grant County resident and comes to MCS from neighboring Mississinewa Community Schools, where she was most recently principal at Northview Elementary School and has also been Title 1 coordinator. She previously served as assistant principal and was a Title 1 teacher.

She brings expertise in curriculum development, data analysis, professional development, parent involvement organization and much more, and MCS is excited to welcome her to the team. She will focus on P-4 education and will also head up Title 1 and high ability programming for the district.

As a Marion resident, McVicker has had a front-row view of the recent successes within Marion Community Schools. That’s part of what led her to consider the position at MCS, she said.

“This is an exciting time in Marion. I just feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” she said.

The Marion Community Schools team is doing the right things for students. The challenge, McVicker said, is to continue to make strategy adjustments so that students can fulfill their potential, and so that successes are shown in the test scores.

“Teachers work so hard,” she said. “I just really hope to be a resource to the elementary teachers and administrators.”

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said McVicker’s experience will be invaluable to MCS.

“Ms. McVicker is passionate about teaching and learning and has been highly effective in both corporate and school leadership roles,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Brenda is sold on the vision and direction of where Marion Community Schools is headed and enthusiastic about joining the Marion team.”

At Mississinewa, she helped develop a public preschool program that has now served hundreds of 3- and 4-year-olds.

“That’s a program I’m very proud of, and it is continuing to grow,” she said.

Early literacy is a point of passion for her, and she believes it is essential for students to have every opportunity to succeed. She is thrilled at the prospect of being able to expand opportunities for the youngest students her in Marion.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to continue to serve the community in Grant County,” she said.

McVicker earned her principal’s license through advanced graduate study in educational administration at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in elementary education.