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Professor joins district's student services staff

Barbara Rebhuhn has been named the Hudson School District's new associate director of Student Services. She replaces Thomas Hellmers who will be lead psychologist at Hudson High School.

Rebhuhn most recently worked as a professor at UW-River Falls teaching courses related to special education, coordinating the university's learning disability program, and advising undergraduate and graduate students.

Rebhuhn's professional career includes service as an associate provost and vice chancellor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, several years as Director of Special Education for the River Falls School District, an interim position as assistant director of Special Education here in Hudson, and several years of teaching special education in the St. Croix Central and Ellsworth school districts.

She has a Ph.D. in educational administration and educational psychology from

UW-Madison. She completed a post-doctorate fellowship at John Hopkins University. Her other degrees include a masters in school psychology with learning disabilities certification from UW-River Falls and a bachelors degree in special education and elementary education from the University of South Dakota.

Rebhuhn's career has focused almost entirely on special education. She has previously worked with Nancy Sweet, Hudson's longtime Director of Student Services who Rebhuhn describes as a "good leader and decision-maker."

Of her new associate Sweet said, "We are very excited to have Barbara join our leadership team. Many of our teachers and parents already know Barb and think highly of her because they have taken her classes or consulted with her about student learning."

Rebhuhn said she is looking forward to the chance to again work in the public school setting with teachers, students and parents. "I have enjoyed training teachers but you aren't always certain what you teach will make it into the classroom and to the students. I was looking for an opportunity to return to the public schools. This is a chance to work more directly with teachers and students and families and to have the opportunity to make a difference firsthand."

Rebhuhn said her career has been based on a passion for child advocacy and wanting what is best for students, regardless of what their needs are. "I have always believed that if we don't invest in our students while they are in public school, we may end up investing in them for the rest of their lives."

Through the course of her career, Rebhuhn has seen the field of special education change and expand. "The kids coming to school these days are vastly different than kids 30 years ago. There are more students than ever - the full range of needs from gifted to those with more cognitive needs. There is more diversity than ever and I believe everyone from administrators to teachers to parents are more savvy about what needs to be done to serve these students."

Rebhuhn began her new job this week. To contact her or the Office of Student Services call 386-4906.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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