Dr. Neil K. Gupta has been recommended as Director of Teaching and Learning for the New Albany-Plain Local Schools by Superintendent April Domine, pending approval by the New Albany-Plain Local Board of Education, during its regular business meeting on Monday, April 23.
“We selected Dr. Gupta from a field of four outstanding finalists,” said Superintendent April Domine. “Dr. Gupta’s experience in secondary education, combined with his work on state and national committees, made him the strongest match to our district vision and mission of creating innovators. He will be a tremendous asset to New Albany-Plain Local Schools as we continue to improve curriculum and instruction methods and measures.”
“The Director of Teaching and Learning position is critical as we see increasing rigor, particularly at the middle and high school levels, coming from the new Common Core standards along with an increased focus on college- and career-readiness,” according to Dr. Marilyn Troyer, Chief of Innovation, Improvement and Human Capital. “We are confident Dr. Gupta’s connections to state and national work in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), teacher evaluations and educator development will help us lead growth and improvement in these areas.”
Dr. Gupta will replace Randy Pfeiffer, who has served in the Director of Teaching and Learning position in a one-year interim capacity. Mr. Pfeiffer’s appointment followed Madeline Partlow’s departure from the position to serve as 4/5 principal at New Albany 2-5 Elementary School.
Dr. Gupta is currently the Director of Secondary Education at Ashland City Schools, a position he has held for seven years. He has also served as assistant high school principal and a mathematics teacher at Ashland High School. Dr. Gupta is an adjunct professor at Ashland University where he develops and facilitates a variety of teacher and education administrator training programs.
Dr. Gupta has extensive experience in teacher development having served on the Teacher Evaluation Field Test Committee for the Ohio Department of Education, and Ashland University’s Professional Development Services Advisory Council. His committee focus has been the integration of 21st Century Skills with high expectations for educators. Dr. Gupta also has worked in a variety of capacities where he provided guidance and feedback to educators seeking career growth.
Dr. Gupta has a passion for STEM education, working on an appointed committee to develop the process to grant more than $6 million dollars for STEM school programs. He also serves on the Ashland County Bioscience Consortium.
In addition, Dr. Gupta is a highly successful grant writer, having earned over $1 million through successful grant applications.
Dr. Neil K. Gupta holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.) from Ashland University, as well as a superintendent’s license from the State of Ohio. He earned his bachelor degree in education from Miami University and a master’s degree from Ashland University. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
His present leadership roles also include the United Way of Ashland County, the Ashland County Strategic Planning Team, and several other service and fraternal organizations.
Dr. Gupta and his family will be moving to the New Albany community and his children will attend the New Albany-Plain Local Schools.