Lakota Welcomes New Assistant Principals

Lakota Welcomes New Assistant Principals
Posted on 07/21/2017
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In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, Lakota is welcoming new assistant principals at two early childhood schools, four elementary schools and one junior high school.

“It’s exciting to see such a strong group of educators moving into new leadership positions in our schools,” said Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller. “While some of them bring fresh ideas from their former positions and districts, others bring great experience gained right here at Lakota.”

“It’s a great combination of talent and skills and I’m really looking forward to seeing all the great things they’ll do for our students, alongside their principals and staff,” he continued.

Mrs. Stacey Cahill will fill the role of assistant principal at Ridge Junior School, pending school board approval at the July 24 meeting. A former teacher at Sycamore Community Schools, and more recently the lead administrator for the high school’s online school, she has served on a wide variety district leadership teams.

Mrs. Julie Engelbert will join the VanGorden Elementary team. She started her career as a teacher at Wyandot Early Childhood School. She is returning to Lakota this year after expanding her footprint as an accomplished elementary teacher and curriculum coordinator at Indian Hill Exempted Village School District.

Mrs. Caryn Gross is another rising Lakota leader, who will serve the Liberty Early Childhood School community next school year. She earned the position following several years as a Lakota teacher and most recently, one of Lakota’s teaching and learning consultants, specializing in district-wide professional development across multiple disciplines.

The former assistant principal at Lakota’s Liberty and Wyandot early childhood schools, Mrs. Elizabeth Gruber, will apply her experience at the elementary level as the new assistant principal at Woodland Elementary.

Mrs. Regina Kirchner, formerly a teacher at Lakota’s Endeavor Elementary and Shawnee Early Childhood School, is the new assistant principal at Wyandot Early Childhood School. She is leaving her most recent teaching position at Wyoming City Schools with a strong resume in building leadership roles.

Mrs. Amanda Gardner has accepted the position of assistant principal at Independence Elementary. With 16 years in education, Amanda is no stranger to Lakota. She has been serving the Endeavor Elementary community as a teacher for the last three years.

Pending school board approval at the July 24 meeting, Mrs. Gina Sansone will serve the Union Elementary community as assistant principal. The former Northwest Local School District teacher brings with her significant leadership experience in areas such as professional development, strategic planning and data-driven instructional practices.