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Dakin_Jami (1)Emporia Public Schools is announcing the transfer of Jami Dakin to serve as Walnut Elementary School’s principal.

Dakin transfers from Village Elementary, where she had served as assistant principal since 2014. Dakin started her education career as a teacher at Walnut Elementary in 1991, later moving to Logan Avenue Elementary and Village Elementary before becoming an instructional coach at Village in 2011 prior to her being named as the school’s assistant principal.

“I have been given the opportunity to return to where it all began for me as a young educator.  I am excited to be a part of such a dedicated group of educators,” Dakin said. “I am incredibly blessed to have been a member of the Village community for over 17 years. I have built many friendships and deep relationships that have shaped me into the person and leader I am today.”  

Dakin received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University in 1990. She then received an emphasis in early childhood education from ESU in 1998 and an English as a Second Language endorsement from Kansas State University in 2000 before receiving a master’s degree in master teacher-subject matter in 2007 and a separate master’s degree in educational administration in 2013, both from ESU.

Dakin replaces Allison Anderson Harder, who transferred from Walnut Elementary to be the district’s director of special services last month. Both personnel moves are effective July 1.

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