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Rockwood appoints new STEM coordinator, school principals

The Rockwood School District has approved hiring five new administrators, all of whom began their jobs on July 1.

Bob Deneau, the district’s new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) coordinator for grades kindergarten to 12, has worked in Rockwood since 1999. Most recently, he was an instructional technology specialist. Prior to that, he taught fourth grade at the district’s Fairway and Ridge Meadows elementary schools.

Deneau replaces Glenn Hancock, who has become the district’s Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment.

Sarah Padberg, now principal of Kehrs Mill Elementary School in Chesterfield, formerly served as the assistant principal of Kehrs Mill, a position she has held since 2000. Prior to that, she taught first and fourth grade students in the Rockwood.

Padberg replaces Christina Garland, who accepted a position outside the district.

Dan Gieseler became principal of Westridge Elementary School in Ballwin after having served most recently as principal of Point Elementary School in the Mehlville district. Prior to that, he was an administrative intern at Rockwood’s Ballwin Elementary for four years.

Gieseler replaces Lance Wheeler, who accepted a position outside the district.

Charles Crouther is the new interim principal at Eureka High for the 2015-2016 school year. He is a retired administrator with more than four decades of experience in education. Before retirement, he served seven years as principal at Ste. Genevieve High, which followed three years of service as an assistant principal.

Crouther replaces Deb Asher, who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Kimberly Dickens, former assistant principal at Wildwood Middle, has become principal of Kellison Elementary in Fenton. Earlier in her career, she was a science teacher at Wildwood and Rockwood Valley middle schools.

Dickens replaces Brian Gentz, who is now Ellisville Elementary’s new assistant principal.

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