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We hear a lot about Kim Bodensteiner being the Lawrence schools chief academic officer. What exactly are her credentials and qualifications for that office?

Bodensteiner served as the Cordley School principal for seven years before she was promoted to chief academic officer in 2007 by Randy Weseman, the district’s superintendent at the time. Before coming to Lawrence in 2000, Bodensteiner was assistant director of special education from 1993 to 2000 for Three Lakes Educational Cooperative in Lyndon; Newton’s director of program development from 1992 to 1993; coordinator and instructor for Labette County Community College from 1991 to 1992; project director and K-12 inclusion facilitator from 1987 to 1991 for the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center in Girard; and an early childhood education teacher from 1986 to 1987 in Winfield. Bodensteiner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and master’s degrees at Iowa State and Pittsburg State universities. She also served as a long-term substitute teacher in Winfield from 1984 to 1985 and a graduate teaching and research assistant from 1982 to 1984 at Iowa State. Bodensteiner is certified as an elementary and special education teacher, plus a building administrator and has completed her English as a second language endorsement.

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