Deb Stoll, Director of Special Education, to Retire After 35 Years of Service
As of July 1, 2021, Deb Stoll will be retiring from the position of Director of Special Education for ISD 518. Deb Stoll will be succeeded by Allison Eitreim. Stoll has been working with ISD 518 for 35 years, the last 10 as Director of Special Education. Through her years of service at ISD 518, Stoll improved the district community and the education of students through incredible passion and determination.
Stoll’s career working with ISD 518 began by coaching high school volleyball and track along with middle school basketball for five years, followed by being the Coordinator for the Middle School Day Treatment Program for 10 years, working with students with intense behavioral concerns. The next 10 years were dedicated to teaching students with disabilities at the high school. Stoll served her final 10 years as the Director of Special Education for ISD 518.
“I feel such gratitude for the professionals I have worked alongside and feel such pride in what we have accomplished,” Stoll states. “Providing quality services for students could not have occurred without the commitment of our staff at all levels. Teaching and directing services for students with disabilities, at times, can be difficult and challenging, but it is so worth the efforts. When students make progress, learn, improve and cope with their disabilities, that’s when we know what we do makes all the difference to our students.”
During her time at ISD 518, Stoll lead many efforts including adding an evaluation and several assistive technology teams, beginning Problem Solving Team initiatives in all buildings, writing grants to assist with mental health care and heading up the Special Education Department during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On serving the district during the pandemic, Stoll says, “This may be my proudest moment. I observed the dedication and perseverance of our teachers as they navigated their way through the various learning models, continuing to deliver direct instruction; it was remarkable.”
Looking towards retirement, Stoll plans to travel with her husband, Mike, and visit their three children as well as spend time with their grandchildren. Always committed to serving, Stoll already has plans to continue being positive figure and leader in the community as she looks ahead towards volunteering. On plans for her future, Stoll states, “It is time for me to ‘serve’ without pay!”
Deb Stoll will complete the handoff to Allison Eitreim on July 1. Stoll has great praise for the incoming administrator. “I am pleased to be handing over my responsibilities to such a qualified, energetic and motivated professional. She will serve the district with her heart and her knowledge.”
Allison Eitreim, who has been serving ISD 518 since 2016, currently works as the Assistant Director of Special Education. Before working at ISD 518, Eitreim taught in Adrian Public Schools for 18 years and Luverne for 2 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2000. Sporting this degree, along with licensure for kindergarten through 12th grade principal, and licensure for Director of Special Education, Eitreim steps into the role fully prepared to continue Stoll’s work.
Eitreim inherits a solid and credible Special Programs department that serves over 530 students with special needs and their parents. She states, “Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of our work and the goal is to continue to develop a system that fosters reflective thinking, problem solving and building 21st century skills in each of our learners. To do this, I am going to strive to continue to build on the exemplary instructional skills implemented in each special education classroom.” “Worthington Schools have made me a better version of myself. Being surrounded by a team of educators that is so invested in helping all students feel valued and learn is inspiring!” Eitreim says of her time at ISD 518 leading up to her new position. “I look forward to serving in this leadership capacity. We are a team in search of the best methods and practices to reach every student that walks through the doors. So much good can arise from a foundation of trust and connection. Each day I watch the teachers, paras and administrators work toward this same focus.”