The Lakota Board of Education approved the appointment of four new assistant principals for the 2016-2017 school year. The newest additions include Mrs. Andrea Blevins at Ridge Junior, Mrs. LeAnna Webber at Hopewell Junior, Mrs. Linda Burwinkel at Cherokee Elementary and Mrs. Nicole Isaacs, who will oversee Lakota’s new alternative high school pilot program.
Blevins brings with her 11 years of experience in education, three of
which she’s spent in administration. She joins Ridge Junior from
Middletown City Schools, where her administrator role was preceded by an
academic coach position. Before that, she taught language arts and
social studies at the junior high level in both Middletown and Edgewood
She graduated from Miami University with a
bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education and two master’s degrees
in elementary reading and school administration.
With 18 years
of educational experience, Webber comes to Hopewell Junior from
Cincinnati’s Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary Schools, where
she spent her last year as assistant principal. She spent much of her
career as a school psychologist locally at West Clermont City Schools,
Cincinnati Public Schools, and Clermont County Educational Service
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the
College of William and Mary before earning two master’s degrees in
school psychology and school leadership from the University of
Cincinnati and Concordia University, respectively.
joins Cherokee from Fairfield South, where she served as an elementary
school assistant principal since 2012. Linda has worked for the
Fairfield district since 1998, earning her Ohio Principal’s license in
2012. She will work alongside Cherokee’s newly appointed principal,
Valerie Montgomery, who transitioned to the school in June after serving
five years as principal at Lakota’s Woodland Elementary.
Burwinkel earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her master’s degree from Xavier University.
will take the helm for the pilot year of Lakota’s new alternative high
school program, Lakota Career Readiness Academy. The program is designed
to meet the needs of at-risk students who are seeking alternative
options to the traditional classroom setting. Offered almost entirely
online with some direct instruction in small groups or one-on-one, the
program is self-paced and designed to increase student achievement and
graduation rates, while preparing students to be career-ready. It will
be operated out of Lakota West’s main campus, but students from both
East and West will be eligible to participate.
nearly eight years of experience in non-traditional, alternative
education. Prior to serving as the associate principal for Fairfield
City Schools’ Butler Tech secondary programs, she was assistant
principal at Butler Tech’s D. Russel Lee technical school. Before that,
she oversaw Dayton’s Nicholas Liberty Schools, an alternative school for
grades 5 through 12, and was the lead teacher at Hamilton City Schools’
HOPE Alternative School.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in
secondary social studies education from Miami University and a master’s
degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
to Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia, “Each of these candidates was
selected for the tremendous experience and results they’ve produced in
their respective areas of expertise. They will make a great addition to
our team and we look forward to seeing them develop into even stronger
leaders at Lakota.”