Loren Widmer Named Director of Academic Options

Loren Widmer Named Director of Academic Options
Posted on 07/10/2018
Loren WidmerOn Tues., June 19, the Affton School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Loren Widmer as the Director of Academic Options for Affton School District for the 2018-2019 school year.

Within this position, Widmer will provide leadership, management, and coordination of the Finish Strong Academy alternative education program at Affton High School, as well as online learning opportunities and summer school throughout the district.

“Loren has a considerable background in alternative education and possesses an inherent understanding of the needs of at-risk youth as well as students who need a different type of learning environment and approach,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, current assistant superintendent. “She brings not only her experience but a vision for how our Finish Strong Academy program can grow and evolve to meet the needs of even more students.”

Widmer has served as a math and social studies teacher for The Alt Academy and Personalized Learning Lab in the Mehlville School District since 2009. In addition to her alternative school experience, Widmer has served as a leader for the district including as an administrative intern, MyPath Mentor, and District Policy Committee member. She earned a bachelor of arts in middle school education at Saint Louis University, as well as a master of secondary school administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. 

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such a tight-knit, family-oriented district. I grew up in St. Louis with cousins attending Affton and still have family living in the community,” said Widmer. “I see some really exciting opportunities for growth to meet a more diverse range of student needs within the Finish Strong Academy and am looking forward to working with the high school faculty this upcoming school year.”

Loren and her husband, Patrick, live in Maplewood with their two children, Sylva, 4, and Levi, 1.

Widmer will begin serving as Director of Academic Options on July 1. She replaces Jeff Remelius, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
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