Pasco school district official to take state ESE spot
Monica Verra-Tirado, Pasco County's director of exceptional student education for seven years, has resigned her position effective Feb. 24 to take over the state's Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. She will replace Bambi Lockman, who left the department last year.
She begins Feb. 27. The bureau officially announced the appointment on Friday in its newsletter.
Verra-Tirado, who recently completed her doctorate in education leadership from USF, has a master's degree in special education, also from USF. After spending her entire career in Pasco, where she also graduated from high school, she said she looks forward to "bringing a district perspective to the state level, and to serving the state's kids."
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has chosen Melissa Musselwhite, the district's human resources director for the past year, to head the ESE department. Musselwhite is an ESE teacher who has worked in the district since 1996.
"Melissa will be able to step into Monica's shoes and keep the ball rolling," Fiorentino said, noting Musselwhite had been Verra-Tirado's second in charge before moving to HR.