In an unanimous vote, the West Virginia Board of Education today made the announcement.
Shank replaces Jane McBride, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Shank will assume her new role July 1. A Keyser native, Shank joined the staff for the West Virginia School for the Deaf in 1981 as a science teacher. She also has served as grants coordinator, staff development coordinator and technology coordinator for both schools.
“Ms. Shank brings years of education experience and strong leadership skills to this position,” West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine said. “I’m confident she will take West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in the right direction. Not only is she outstanding in her discipline, she also is a graduate of the 21st Century Principals’ Leadership Academy. With this knowledge she will help prepare students for today’s digital world.”