IMESD hires early intervention/early childhood special education director

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The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) has hired Tamie Prociw as its new early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) director. Prociw (pronounced “pr-ought-chew”) replaces Ami Muilenburg, who left IMESD after 9 years to become principal of Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater. Prociw began her job at IMESD on Aug. 1.

Prociw, who originally hails from Eugene, Ore., has taught special needs children in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. She has primarily worked with children ages birth through kindergarten who have special needs in school districts and ESDs. However, she most recently worked at the Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy, to provide early intervention services for the children of military personnel stationed there. Prociw worked at the base in Italy since 2010.

Working directly as an administrator and outside the classroom will be a change for Prociw, but one she’s excited to jump into.

“I will miss working directly with kids, but I am excited about learning all aspects of my new job, including supporting the staff as they work with children,” Prociw said. “I am also looking forward to being part of the Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub (through IMESD) as we work together to meet the needs of children in our area.”

Prociw has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in EI/ECSE from the University of Oregon, and a post bachelor degree in communication disorders from Utah State University.