Carrie Wedding has been named the Director of Special Education at Owensboro Public Schools, effective July 1. She will be replacing Kim Johnson, who is retiring at the end of the academic year after 33 years of service to OPS.
Wedding has served the last two years as the district’s Assistant Director of Special Education and has worked alongside Johnson through the everyday efforts for special education students in the district.
“I am so excited to be selected as the next Director of Special Education,” said Wedding. “Kim Johnson has laid an excellent foundation in our district that I hope to continue and help every student reach their full potential.”
Wedding has been working in the Special Education field at OPS since 2009 when she was brought on as a teacher at the former Owensboro 5-6 Center — now located at Owensboro Innovation Academy. After teaching for 7 years she served as the Assistant Principal at Sutton Elementary School before taking on her current role.
“I’m thankful that I will still have several months to work alongside Kim to make this transition as smooth as possible. It is my hope that we continue to encourage and work with our special education students to prepare them to enter the community upon graduation and be successful no matter what their future holds,” Wedding said.
Wedding will be responsible for directing and maintaining the district’s Special Education programs. This will include following Section 504 policies and procedures, managing and filing reports to the state and coordinating with parents and staff about students’ educational and physical needs.
“Our district has been so fortunate to have such a strong, passionate leader over our Special Education Department for many years with Kim Johnson,” said OPS Chief Academic Officer Steve Bratcher. “Carrie will certainly bring that same passion and dedication to our special education students and continue to meet all of their academic and social needs in our schools.”