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District names new director for special ed


The Tigard-Tualatin School District has hired a new director of student services.

Susie Chrisop has worked as a special education administrator for years in the midwest, and will start this summer.

Chrisop replaces Tricia Clair, who left the district in June to take a similar position in Minnesota, where her children live.

Clair was responsible for the district's special education program, and led efforts to improve equity for all students through the district’s Courageous Conversations initiative.

She also oversaw the district's health services, talented and gifted program, and intervention support programs for struggling students.

Chrisop worked in the Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City, Mo., since 2006, as director of special services, and later as associate superintendent of student and special services.

There, Chrisop oversaw special education, counseling, school nurses, ELL, and gifted and early childhood.

Chisop moved to Oregon this summer after her husband began working in the area in the high tech field, but Chrisop has spent the majority of her educational career in the Kansas City area, working with the Kansas City School District, the North Kansas City School District and Columbia School District, as well as Jacksonville, Ill.

Her passion for the field of special education began at a young age, said Tigard-Tualatin spokeswoman Susan Stark Hayden. Growing up, Chisop volunteered at the Pathway Schools for Severely Handicapped, a program founded by her grandparents — prior to Public Law 94-142, the 1975 law that demandes free public education for children with disabilities.