InterMountain ESD hires new special education director

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The InterMountain Education Service District has hired a new special education director. Leigh Nolte started as the Special Education Director for the Far West Zone on July 1. She replaces Sarah Crane-Simpson, who announced in April she would resign from IMESD to become the Ione School District principal.

Nolte, who is from Cove, will serve the Morrow County, Ione, and Umatilla School Districts in her capacity as Special Education Director of the Far West Zone. Her primary department responsibilities lie within school psychology/behavioral sciences, long term care & treatment, as well as nursing. She comes to IMESD from the Union School District, where she was a special education teacher. Nolte has primarily taught in small, K-12 rural school districts throughout her education career.

“I’m really excited about supporting adults who work in special education,” Nolte said. “I’ve always worked directly with kids, but I know how important a sense of support can be to those working in the classrooms and with the kids.”

Nolte has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Eastern Oregon State College (La Grande), and a Special Education Licensure from Southern Oregon State College (Ashland). In addition, Nolte also possesses an Initial Administrator’s License & Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis & Clark College (Portland).