Little Miami Local Schools has hired Heather Chaney as preschool director for the district. The Board of Education voted to hire Chaney at its June 26 meeting.
Chaney comes to Little Miami from Lakota Local Schools, where she was a special needs preschool teacher at Shawnee Early Childhood School.
Mrs. Chaney has taken an active role in teaching as well as developing preschool curriculum for Lakota’s special needs preschool program since joining Lakota in 1998. She also developed Lakota’s preschool progress report that assesses children in the areas of social/emotional skills, gross and fine motor skills, communication, and pre-math and pre-literacy.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Little Miami's preschool families. I have worked in integrated preschool settings for 21 years,” Chaney said. “This is my passion, because I have seen so many success stories come from this type of model. I hope to continue to implement all the good processes that are currently in place and then build upon them to keep the program in compliance with new state standards and initiatives."
Chaney has a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Miami University and licensure in early education of the handicapped from Wright State University. She will take over the duties handled by out-going preschool director Jody Bailey.
“Heather brings with her a wealth of knowledge of preschool programs that can only benefit the families of Little Miami,” said Little Miami Superintendent Greg Power. “We’re excited to bring her on board to lead our preschool, and to make our vibrant program even more so.”