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New administrators named to senior leadership team

Parkway School District Superintendent Keith Marty announced the recommendation of two Parkway administrators to fill senior leadership positions in the district.

Dr. Lisa Merideth has been selected as the assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and accountability, replacing Kathy Blackmore who is retiring after 35 years in education. Merideth has 27 years of educational experience and currently serves as Parkway’s elementary communications arts curriculum coordinator. Prior to joining Parkway in 2006, Merideth served as literacy and math staff developer and director of title I programs for the Jennings School District. Prior to that, Merideth served the Columbia (Mo.) School District for 14 years as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. She holds a doctorate of education from Maryville University as well as a master’s degree in education from Lindenwood University and a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Chelsea Watson has been selected as the assistant superintendent of student services, replacing Dr. Bonnie Maxey who is retiring after 38 years in Parkway. Watson has 20 years of educational experience including nine years as principal of Southwest Middle School and six years as an assistant principal and administrative intern. Prior to joining Southwest Middle School, Watson served as a teacher for five years at Wren Hollow Elementary. She holds a doctorate of education from Lindenwood University as well as a master of arts from Maryville University and a bachelor of arts from Drury College in Springfield, Mo.

Merideth and Watson will assume their new positions on July 1, 2012.