New Albany-Plain Local School Superintendent April Domine will recommend Susann S. Wittig to serve as principal of the district’s K-1 elementary school, beginning August 1. Ms. Wittig’s nomination will be presented for approval to the New Albany-Plain Local Board of Education during its regular business meeting on Tuesday, May 29.
Ms. Wittig will succeed Deloris McCafferty as the K-1 principal. Mrs. MCafferty retired December 31 after serving as the school’s first principal for 14 years. Dr. Peggy Snow has been serving as the school’s interim principal since January.
“Susann Wittig was one of three highly-qualified finalists for this important leadership position,” said Superintendent April Domine. “Ms. Wittig served as a K-1 teacher for over 20 years, holds a certification from the National Board of Professional Teacher Standards, and brings extensive experience in teaching and leading young learners. Susann’s areas of expertise include early reading, and developing young math thinkers. With a background in Biology, she has vision and insight into young children as scientists, researchers and inquirers. Susann is a creative thinker, and uses data to engage young students in knowing where they are in their learning and tracking their progress.”
“Susann Wittig has extensive experience building Professional Learning Communities that provide a powerful staff development strategy designed to result in school change and improvement,” according to Dr. Marilyn Troyer, Chief of Innovation, Improvement and Human Capital. “We believe our students and staff will benefit from Ms. Wittig’s instructional leadership, focus on building 21st Century Skills, and ability to build partnerships with parents and the community.”
During Ms. Wittig’s five-year tenure as principal at Robert F. Schultz Elementary School, in the Delaware City Schools, her building has received an “Excellent with Distinction” rating from the Ohio Department of Education every year. She has led research and intensive staff development around the new Common Core curriculum standards.
Susann Wittig holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from The College of Wooster and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ashland University.