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Release: #16-28
April 13, 2016
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Site Superintendent for California School for the Deaf, Riverside

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the California School for the Deaf, Riverside has hired an experienced and dedicated educator as Site Superintendent.

Dr. Nancy Hlibok Amann will start July 1 at the School, one of two state-operated Schools for the Deaf in California. These schools provide a comprehensive residential and non-residential educational program of academic, non-academic, and extracurricular activities. The other School for the Deaf is in Fremont.

Amann is currently Director of Special Projects and Development at Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. Amann previously worked as Assistant Superintendent of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Amann into the wonderful community at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside," Torlakson said. "She is a highly trained and capable educator with tremendous experience. I look forward to her leading the school to achieve its mission of promoting student achievement and embracing the school’s core values."

The 400 students at the school come from 11 Southern California counties. Students at California Schools for the Deaf are engaged in a positive environment where American Sign Language and English are valued, cultures are embraced, learning is relevant, and self-worth is uplifted. In collaboration with families and school communities, students prepare for 21st century colleges and careers through academic rigor, innovative technology, and extra-curricular opportunities.

From its inception in 1953, the California School for the Deaf, Riverside has attracted deaf scholars and staff with innovative spirit and a desire to serve deaf students. These exceptional individuals create paths of success and opportunities for students.

Amann earned a Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona. She received her M.S. in Administration and B.A. in Government from Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet University was founded in 1864 as the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the world and remains the only higher education institution in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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