On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Victor Central School District Board of Education appointed Leanne Renee Gmeindl as the new Director of Special Education for the District effective July 1, 2020. Gmeindl replaces Interim Director of Special Programs and Compliance, Sheila McCarthy, who will step down in June.
Gmeindl, a Rochester native, comes to VCS from Connecticut where she has seventeen years of experience working for Plainville Community Schools. For the past four years, she has served as Supervisor of Special Services for Plainville Community where she supported the Director of Special Services in all capacities as it pertains to students, teaching and learning. Among her many job responsibilities were supervising Special Education programs, teachers, instructional staff, students and learning activities at the secondary level, chairing and overseeing Planning and Placement teams, coordinating procedures for student evaluation placements and transfers, developing professional instructional staff, and coordinating and monitoring a consultative model for special education teachers and instructional staff. She also worked closely with families, attorneys and educational advocates in programming for students.
Prior to her leadership post as Supervisor of Special Services, Gmeindl was the Special Education Instructional Leader for Plainville Middle and High Schools from 2014 to 2016. From 2005 to 2016, she also acted as a Special Education Reading Specialist for Plainville Community, and from 2003 to 2005, she served as a Special Education Resource Specialist for the district. In 2013-2014 Gmeindl was named Teacher of the Year in Plainville.
Gmeindl’s educational journey began in the Greater Rochester area. A graduate of Eastridge High School, Gmeindl went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nazareth College in 1995. In 2005, she secured a Master’s degree in Special Education from National University, and from 2014 to 2016, she attended Quinnipiac University where she earned a degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently completing her certification for Superitendency from Central Connecticut State University.
Gmeindl said she is thrilled at being appointed Director of Special Education for Victor Central Schools. “As a native of Rochester, I could not be happier to have such an opportunity as well as return to my hometown. I look forward to working with the families and students of Victor Central Schools with a focus on family engagement and student achievement. I hope to bring a spirit of ongoing collaboration and communication to my new role,” she said.