The assistant superintendent and curriculum director of the Blaine County School District, Mary Gervase, will be changing careers. She will assume a new position June 1 as director of education development for the Special Olympics' 2009 Winter Games to be held in Idaho.
Gervase said she is excited to "oversee the development and implementation of the K-16 school enrichment program statewide and beyond, as our state prepares to receive nearly 3,000 athletes from 85 countries."
Gervase also will work to educate and inform the more than 6,000 volunteers needed to facilitate the World Winter Games.
"It has been a great privilege and an even greater responsibility to serve the Blaine County School District for these past eight years," she said. "My days have been full to overflowing with many challenges as well as many satisfactions, and most certainty, never dull."
Although Gervase is looking forward to the new challenge, she will never forget the "many fond memories ... I will always be touched by the courage, conviction and compassion so many of the staff members muster, day in and day out. They do the most important work in the world, with such love and care and with the highest expectations for our students and themselves."