Superintendent Jane K. Berenz announced the hiring of Robin Francis as a special education coordinator working with elementary schools.

Francis has worked in education for more than 20 years. Most recently, she was an independent contractor with Designs for Learning, where she supported the launch of charter schools in the Twin Cities. At each charter site, she led special education planning, assisted with teacher development and evaluation, and helped develop a curriculum focused on Pan-African culture.

“I believe every learner needs a champion,” Francis said. “I have a `whatever it takes’ attitude when it comes to the academic success of students. I am so grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with such fantastic educators and I look forward to being a part of supporting the boundless opportunities for students in District 196.”

Francis has worked to advance special education throughout her career. As a Minneapolis Public Schools principal on special assignment, she supported a task force that improved internal practices to support learners with emotional and behavioral disorders. She was also the lead special education administrator as a middle school principal for South Washington County Schools and began her teaching career with Saint Paul Public Schools.

“Working to support special education programming is where I have found my true passion and it is where I feel that I can make the most significant impact for students,” Francis said.

Francis has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia State University and earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas, where she also received her educational specialist and principal licensure.

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