“I just can’t wait to get going!”
Jill Tye is excited to learn and meet the staff, families and students in the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm community in her new role as director of Sauk Rapids-Rice Public School’s Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) program. Karen Cash served as interim director during the 2019-2020 school year but resumed her responsibilities as an elementary level speech-language clinician within the district for the upcoming year. Tye began her new position on July 1, diving right into back-to-school planning that is full of a lot of unknowns as the district waits to hear from the state government about specific guidelines and directives.
Although she understands school for early learners could take different forms during the 2020-2021 school year, Tye wants to reassure families that the Sauk Rapids-Rice early childhood staff are committed to making programs work. “Teachers and staff have students’ best interests in mind. We will help your kids learn and grow no matter what.”
Tye previously taught special education and early childhood special education in both Isle and Milaca Public Schools before becoming a Special Education Coordinator at Rum River Special Education Cooperative. She has a Master of Science degree in special education from St. Cloud State University and certification in educational administration and principal licensure from St. Mary’s University. Rice Elementary School principal, Sue Paasch, was one of Tye’s professors for several of her classes at St. Mary’s. Tye’s cohort was associated with Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, so she was familiar with the school district before her hire.
Tye is drawn to work with young children, their families and the educators who teach them. She realized her affinity for these learners in her position as an early childhood special education teacher. She smiles and says, “Young kids are just so excited for school and are so positive. I am excited to have opportunities to be around that energy each day.”
Tye lives in Milaca with her husband, Eric, and their three kids. Her husband is a teacher at Milaca Elementary School and is also a football coach. The Tye’s oldest child will be in fifth grade and they also have a third-grader and a kindergartener. They have a busy household, but they added an extra special member to the mix this summer: a newly adopted rescue puppy named Maisy. They all enjoy watching her grow.
Welcome to our Storm Strong family, Ms. Tye! We look forward to meeting and working with you.