Brad Best, currently director of curriculum and staff development for the Seward Public Schools has been named the new superintendent for Heartland Community Schools. Best will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2012. Best received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Dana College, his Master’s Degree from The university of Nebraska and his Educational Specialist’s Degree from Wayne State College.
Best has been in his current position since 2005. He previously served as secondary principal at Creighton Community Schools, Creighton, Nebraska from 1992-2005, assistant principal in Elkhorn Public Schools, Elkhorn, Nebraska 1990-92, and a science teacher and coach at Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, Nebraska from 1983-1992. In addition he currently serves as an adjunct professor in Educational Administration for Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.
Best has worked at coordination of the alignment and development of curriculum in the Seward Public Schools. He has worked closely with staff and administration to develop school improvement goals and professional development activities based upon student data. He has worked at coordination and budgeting for multiple federal funding sources, staff identification system, and crisis management procedures for the district.
Board President, Paul Brune, commented, “Mr. Best is a well qualified candidate who I believe has the right skills, knowledge, and personality for the Heartland District and we are excited to have him join the Heartland staff.”
Mr. Best stated, “It was obvious to me from my visit with the school board, administration, faculty, and community members that Heartland is focused on each and every student. I am excited to become a part of the school’s culture of doing the right work in such a caring environment. I am honored to join this team and look forward to being a part of these efforts.”
Best replaces Dr. Norm Yoder, who is retiring on June 30, 2012, after serving the Heartland District and previous Henderson District for the past 27 years.
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