Dr. Connie Buckman Selected as New Chief Academic Officer

Posted on 04/03/2020
Dr. Connie Buckman


The Francis Howell School District Board of Education has approved the selection of Dr. Connie Buckman as the District’s new Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Buckman will replace Dr. Nathan Hoven, who currently serves as both Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Hoven begins his tenure as Superintendent on July 1, taking over for the retiring Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris.

In her new role as FHSD’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Buckman will guide instructional improvement and student achievement, as well as oversee professional development, special programs, and student support services. “Francis Howell is a district filled with passionate staff, engaged families, and strategic leaders who are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students,” said Dr. Buckman. “I’m honored to be working with our staff, students, families, and community as we make the vision of the strategic plan come to life.” 

Dr. Buckman has worked in FHSD since 2002. She has taught at Becky-David and Independence, served as the Assistant Principal Intern at Daniel Boone, and also served as the Director of Adult Learning for the past six years. In that role, she has developed and facilitated the District’s professional development efforts for certified staff and administrators. Dr. Buckman served on the committee that developed the District strategic plan and is also the co-champion of Goal 3 (Staff, Leaders, and Organizational Performance). She is a former District Teacher of the Year and was elected to the Howell of Fame in 2019.

Dr. Buckman holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Lindenwood University, and another master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri Baptist University. Her doctorate is in educational leadership from Maryville University.

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