After receiving her B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate in law from Ohio State University in 1990, she served as a juvenile defense attorney and then as a treatment foster care parent for children with intensive needs.

Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of Lynn Hathaway as Director of Special Education effective July 2018. She will replace Susan Vaughn who is retiring after 40 years in Ascension.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity. The potential to reach so many struggling students in our district is both an incredible responsibility and what I hope will be an incredible experience for me. I would also like to personally thank Susan Vaughn for her many years of dedication and support of the children who need the most help. I look forward to working with the special education team in moving our kids forward," said Hathaway.

Hathaway has advocated for the needs of at risk children for more than 25 years. After receiving her B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate in law from Ohio State University in 1990, she served as a juvenile defense attorney and then as a treatment foster care parent for children with intensive needs. She was named the Kinship Village Foster Parent of the Year in 1997.

Hathaway received a master’s degree in special education from LSU in 2002, and her master’s program focused on children in the juvenile justice system. After graduating, she began working for Ascension Public Schools, where she has served as a special education teacher, lead teacher, special education coordinator, assistant principal, and principal at Apple Digital Academy.

"For the past 16 years Lynn has worked in our district serving children with special needs and those who need specialized attention. We are privileged to have Lynn's services in Ascension and are excited for what is ahead in our special education programs under her leadership," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

For more information about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.

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