Lakota Announces Four New Assistant Principals

Lakota Announces Four New Assistant Principals
Posted on 07/18/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Lakota Announces Four New Assistant PrincipalsThe 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 City Schools.

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 Center.

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.

Burwinkel 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.

Isaacs 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.

Isaacs brings 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.

According 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.”