District Five Names New Director of Special Services
Spartanburg District Five Schools is proud to welcome Dr. Wendy Hite as its new Director of Special Services, following approval by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Hite comes to District Five from Goshen, Indiana, where she has been the Executive Director of Special Education for the Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative since 2016. In that position, Dr. Hite directed a cooperative of six different school districts, that served 3,200 students with disabilities.
Prior to that, Dr. Hite was the Director of Special Services for the Wawasee Community School Corporation for 13 years.
The longtime educator has dedicated her career to students with special needs, beginning as a cross-categorical resource teacher at St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend, IN in 1994. Years later, when she became a mother, her passion for that area of education grew even more. Hite’s youngest daughter is deaf, and she says the experience has shown her the true importance of serving students with disabilities.
Hite says she’s excited to join District Five, and continue to build on the quality programs and services here. “I loved the family feel of District Five,” she says. “I want to make sure we’re embracing all of the great things that have already been done there, and as we move forward, continue to capitalize on learning opportunities for all students.”
Hite earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education at Indiana University, then later earned her Masters in Educational Administration from Boston College. She also holds her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Ed.S. degree in School Superintendency, both from Indiana State University.
Dr. Hite will officially begin her new role on July 1. She replaces Cathy Boshamer, who is retiring from District Five, after six years in the District.