The Ozark Board of Education voted to hire Dr. Laura Eakins as director of interventions for the 2021-22 school year.
As director of interventions, Eakins will serve as the Response to Intervention (RTI) coordinator as well as oversee the dyslexia program and 504 services across the district.
Eakins has 22 years of experience in education. She joined Ozark School District in 2015 as the assistant director of Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center then became the director in 2016. Prior to Ozark, she worked at Branson, Strafford and Nixa school districts.
“I look forward to working alongside staff in helping to meet students’ needs by implementing interventions that best support students in preschool through high school,” Eakins said.
Eakins earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Science and Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Speech/Language Pathology, both from Missouri State University. She also obtained her Master’s in Educational Administration – Special Education and her Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership, both from William Woods University.
“Dr. Eakins brings a knowledge base that will be a great help in working with teachers and students in the areas of intervention,” said Executive Director of Student Services Dr. Kim Fitzpatrick. “She will be a driving force in our district initiative to enhance our intervention programming and a valuable resource for educator training and implementation.”