Superintendent’s Beehive Buzz
Another exciting year has begun at Bethel Local Schools with many changes and challenges! New administrators, teachers, families and building project….. and did I forget to mention….new drop-off and pick-up procedures! In the midst of all those changes, I am reminded of a quote from Pauline Kezer that I shared with the faculty and staff on our in-service day…… Continuity gives us roots, change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow reaching new heights. The Bethel School District is a system rooted in strong moral and educational values; my goal as superintendent is to build upon those values and traditions to enable the district to “stretch and grow”! Although we will experience growing pains as we move forward, my hope is that we can partner together to help our students grow and thrive in a 21st Century learning environment!
In order for you to get to know me better, I thought it would be a good idea to share a little bit about myself. I had planned to do this the first week I started in the superintendent’s office; however, the hiring of Mr. Craig Vasil, our new high school principal, and Alexis Dedrick, our new assistant principal K-12, was my first priority among a few others! On a professional note, I have spent over twenty-five years in education, fifteen of those in an administrative role. I graduated from CedarvilleUniversity with a B.A. in Secondary Education/English and from WrightState with an M.A. in Educational Leadership with principal and superintendent licensure. Presently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Education from LibertyUniversity. I have taught middle school through college-age students and recently finished a thirteen year administrative position in the CedarCliffLocalSchool District as the middle/high school principal. Being in a smaller system for that many years, I wore my share of different hats covering every type of job and position from elementary school through building facilities management! I also served on Cedarville’s Core Building Team walking alongside of the architects, construction managers and craftsmen as they completed a K-12 twenty-two million dollar project. On a personal note, I have been married thirty-four years to my husband John who has a private counseling practice and have two sons, Stephen who works as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Universal One Credit in Dayton and Matthew who is a compliance attorney for Humana in Louisville. And yes, my husband and I are anxiously waiting for one of them to provide us with grandchildren! Next to my family, my two favorite things are Diet Coke and chocolate!
During the next few months, I will be rolling up my sleeves and working with the Board of Education and administrative team to review the district’s strategic plan and determine a direction that enable us to move forward and provide students with the educational opportunities needed to be successful in a global economy. We will be reviewing curriculum, technology, communication strategies and facilities as we deal with our growing enrollment… I plan to visit every teacher’s classroom during my first three months; that way, I can see firsthand the great things they are doing with students and how I can better assist them to accomplish their instructional goals. In addition, I will be meeting with the architects, construction managers and core team members as we prepare to break ground for the new building project. Speaking about the building project, I appreciate your patience as we try to accommodate the parking needs of our students, parents and community during the construction phases; just remember it’s temporary and will be worth all of the present hassles when the addition is finished! I also hope to attend as many extra-curricular activities as possible throughout the fall season, so feel free to stop and introduce yourself!
Periodically, I will be sending out community updates to keep you informed of the “beehive buzz”. If you would like to be removed from this email list, please do not hesitate to send back an email telling me to delete your name from the email list. If you know of someone who might be interested in being part of the communiqué from the Superintendent, send me their email address and I will be more than happy to add them.
Again, I am excited about the great things that are happening at Bethel and am looking forward to serving as your superintendent. I trust we will partner together to uphold the school’s traditions of excellence as well as create new ones!
Superintendent, Bethel Local Schools
7490 South State Route 201
Tipp City, Ohio45371