VISD names new director of special education

July 14, 2011 at 2:14 a.m.

A new director of special education was named Thursday during a special Victoria school board meeting.

Michelle Goebel, 50, said she will report to work first thing Friday.

"I am so excited to be coming over there, with two new schools, ... the camaraderie and just the knowledge base that's over there. I'm excited to be a part of that group," Goebel said.

Goebel begins the job after leaving her position as director of the Schulenburg-Fayette-Gonzales Special Education Co-op. Prior to that, she was with the DeWitt-Lavaca Special Education Co-op.

Goebel received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and her Master's degree in education from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Over the years, she's taught in Oregon, Colorado and with the U.S. Department of Defense in Germany.

Her first taste of Texas came when she took a job at the education service center for Region III.

"I'm one of those Yankees," Goebel joked. "I got here as soon as I could."

Goebel said she's looking forward to the challenge of working with a large district that serves about 1,600 special education students.

"I think that I have a good rapport with people and parents, and I have a strong background in working with students with significant disabilities," Goebel said.

She works to make sure students are improving their test scores and they're progressing.

She said she can help the district "achieve curriculum standards that the state keeps raising the bar on. I think my background in curriculum and instruction and people skills are going to be an asset to the district."

Goebel lives on a ranch in Cuero with her husband and two teenage boys. She will report to assistant superintendents Nancy McCord and Mima Gonzalez.



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