Lakota Local Schools is
pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders at Cherokee Elementary and
Woodland Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year.
Paulette Grady, who announced her retirement effective July 31, 2016, will be
succeeded by Woodland Principal Valerie Montgomery. Replacing Montgomery as
Woodland’s new principal will be Hopewell Junior Assistant Principal John Wise.
Montgomery began her
career at Lakota, as a teacher at Adena Elementary in 1993. She soon
transitioned to Cherokee, where she taught third and fourth grades for several
years before she was named the school’s assistant principal in 2007. She moved to Woodland in 2010 to lead the
school as principal.
leadership at Woodland has left some very positive marks and I am excited for
the energy she’ll bring to another school’s community through this transition,”
said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “She is a Lakota veteran who is
extremely passionate about elementary education and it’s wonderful to see her
return to a school community she already knows.”
Wise joined the Lakota
community five years ago as assistant principal at Hopewell Junior School. He
left the classroom at Loveland Middle School, where he taught seventh and
eighth grade language arts for six years.
“Mr. Wise’s energy,
enthusiasm and passion for education has had a tremendous impact on the
Hopewell community and I feel certain he will bring that same level of
commitment to Woodland,” Mantia said.
from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education,
before earning her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove
College. She is licensed as a PreK-8 teacher and principal in grades PreK-9.
Wise graduated from
Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education. He
earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of
Cincinnati. He is licensed to teach reading, language arts and mathematics for
grades 4-9 and as a principal in grades 4-12.