WDMCS Welcomes New Special Education, Preschool Administrator
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) welcomes a new district administrator for the 2018-19 school year. Kristin Rourk started her new role as the early childhood special education and preschool program administrator in mid-August. This role is a new special education position in the Teaching and Learning Services Department, created as WDMCS continues to expand its preschool opportunities with a goal to have all eight elementary schools offering preschool as part of the facilities master plan.
Kristin Rourk is New Early Childhood Special Education and Preschool Program Administrator
Rourk began her career as a special education teacher for grades PK-2, teaching at Adel Elementary from 2008-2015. Rourk then served as an Early Childhood and School-Age Special Education consultant with Heartland Area Education Agency. She supported the Ames and Boone school districts, then WDMCS elementaries Clive Learning Academy, Crestview School of Inquiry, and Crossroads Park Elementary. As WDMCS implemented the Preschool Specially Designed Instruction Grant through the Iowa Department of Education, Rourk served as a coach to WDMCS teachers. She was also a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) external coach at Crossroads.
Rourk graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education unified with special education in 2008. She then earned two master’s degrees, one in education from Viterbo University in 2010 and the other in educational leadership from the University of Iowa in 2014.