Welcoming New Administrators

Welcoming New Administrators for the 2019-20 School Year  
Posted on 04/24/2019
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Preparation for the 2019-20 school year is underway as Lakota welcomes new administrators at six of its schools, as well as in five key district positions.

“In looking ahead to the next school year, I’m excited to welcome this group of administrators to Lakota. While some are brand new to Lakota, others are embracing a new role in the district,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our students will benefit from their leadership and the fresh ideas they will bring from their former positions and districts.”

After serving as interim assistant principal at Creekside Early Childhood School (ECS) this semester, Jessica Skelton will return in the fall as the assistant principal. Prior to joining the Creekside staff, Skelton spent the last four years as a special education teacher in Lakota.

Rebecca Francko has been a teaching and learning consultant in Lakota since 2015. She will move into the assistant principal role at Wyandot ECS in the fall. This is Francko’s first position as an administrator. Prior to coming to Lakota, Francko was a teacher and coach in West Carrollton.

Nicole Isaacs has been named the new assistant principal at Lakota West High School. For the past three years, Isaacs has been the principal at Lakota’s Career Readiness Academy. Under her leadership, the Academy’s enrollment has more than doubled.

Since 2014, Matt MacFarlane has served as an adaptive physical education and special education teacher in the district. In his new role, MacFarlane will be an assistant principal at Lakota East High School. Prior to coming to Lakota, he spent seven years at the Lockport School District as a teacher and coach.

Mike Anderson will be moving from guidance counselor at Lakota West, where he has served since 2014, to the assistant principal role at West Freshman. Prior to Lakota, Anderson spent 15 years as a teacher and then counselor at Princeton.

Melinda (Mindy) Reichelt has been named the new associate principal at the district’s Career Readiness Academy. With a background in alternative school initiatives, Reichelt joins Lakota from Butler Tech where she was an instructional coach.

Regina Kirchner will be moving from Wyandot ECS, where she spent the last two years as assistant principal, to the assistant director of instruction (K-8) role. In this position, Kirchner will provide instructional support for Lakota’s 18 K-8 buildings. After spending 12 years in the classroom in the district, Kirchner spent four years teaching at Wyoming before returning to Wyandot. She is also an adjunct professor at Xavier University.

Justin Wilson is moving from the assistant principal position at West Freshman to become the assistant director of instruction for grades 9-12 at Lakota West. In this new role, Wilson will provide instructional support for the freshman and main campuses. Prior to his two years as assistant principal at Lakota, Wilson taught at Forest Hills and Princeton.

Coming to Lakota from Finneytown, where she worked for 24 years, Deana Moss has been named the assistant director of instruction for grades 9-12 at Lakota East’s main campus and freshman building. Moss has an extensive background in teaching, learning and curriculum.

Brian Drake and Paula Hickey will become assistant directors of special education for grades K-12. Their experience as teachers on special assignment in the special services department will serve them well in this new role. Drake and Hickey will be responsible for federal compliance and special education oversight.

Sherri Copeland has been named the director of special education for grades seven-eight. Copeland’s experience in compliance and special education as a teacher on special assignment at Lakota has prepared her for this administrator role.

Maureen Brenner will be Lakota’s new preschool director. Brenner joins the district from the Butler County Education Service Center where she was a preschool coordinator for Middletown City Schools. Prior to her role at the BCESC, Brenner was an administrator in Fairfield.