LEXINGTON -- Julie Borchers got hooked on special education while working as a preschool teacher.
As the new special education director for Lexington Local Schools, she's looking forward to helping the district meet all its requirements within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
"I love the law aspect of it. I'm a rule follower," Borchers said. "I enjoy that part -- compliance."
Borchers will work exclusively with Lexington Local Schools as the director of special education through a contract with the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC). Superintendent Kevin Kimmel explained that as a MOESC employee, Borchers will benefit from the support of MOESC's director of student services.
Lexington will also contract with MOESC to bring a new school psychologist, Julia Pilla, to the district.
"We just decided going forward we wanted the backing of Mid Ohio -- their professional development opportunities and abilities," Supt. Jeremey Secrist said. "So we have a full-time special ed director, a full-time psych -- which is something we used to do years ago. We've just kind of cycled back to that. I think it is necessary now."
Borchers and Pilla will take the place of Tracy McDaniel, who took a job in a different district. McDaniel had performed both roles with the help of an assistant.
Borchers earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Toledo and her master's in education, curriculum, instruction and professional development from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The Fredericktown native first became involved in special education while working as assistant preschool coordinator for the Mid Ohio Educational Service Center, a position she held from 2008 to 2011.
Since then, she's served as the assistant student services director at Mount Vernon City Schools and an assistant special education coordinator for the Ohio Virtual Academy.
"Julie is an absolutely lovely person. She's got a great personality. She's going to communicate well with parents, students and teachers," Secrist said.
"She really has an understanding of special education from the very beginning when they enter here -- those who come in on (individualized education plans) in preschool -- all the way through the end," he said.