The Washington C.H. City school board officially hired Jon Hemmelgarn as assistant principal for Washington High School on Tuesday.
During a special meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Brian DeLong from Belle Aire Intermediate and accepted Superintendent Matthew McCorkle’s recommendation to hire six new teachers, as well as Hemmelgarn.
Hemmelgarn graduated from Tiffin University in May 2009 with a bachelors in integrated language arts/English before attending Ball State University to obtain his masters in educational administration and supervision in May 2012.
Hammelgarn began his career at Winfield High School in Winfield, W.Va. for the 2009-2010 school year as the ninth grade English teacher. In August 2010, Hammelgarn moved to Washington C.H. to teach ninth grade English and head the English department.
“We had 11 applicants,” McCorkle said. “But this was just the right fit. We spent almost four hours deciding this and when it came down to it, there was one other candidate and it just made sense.”
“One thing we really wanted to look at is compatibility,” said McCorkle. “We wanted to make sure the person we put in this position was going to fit in with the current administrative team, but also make sure that it would work for the school dynamic. When we sat back and looked at everything, it just made sense.”
Hemmelgarn’s achievements include attending the Aspiring Leaders Academy in 2014, participating in the Cedarville University Education Department Common Core Panel in March 2013, and presenting a Freshmen Transition Implementation to the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009.
“I think it’s a great thing that the administration and the hiring committee realize that creating a working and stable environment in a school isn’t just about one person,” principal Tracy Rose said. “This is a team effort. I think with Mr. Hemmelgarn’s background and connection with the staff will make this a greater team. It was an intense interview process but I think we absolutely found the right person for the job. His commitment and enthusiasm really came through in the interview. He’s always been part of the team and I think he’s really going to help get us to where we want to be with our students and our staff. I’m really excited for this upcoming year to see what we can do as a team.”
“In any business, whatever you’re doing, relationships and trust are key,” Hemmelgarn said. “Being part of the staff over the past five years and now being able to help lead those teachers become the best teachers they can be, and the students to grow, is great. I’m really looking forward to helping this district get where it needs to be and succeed. I’m very excited to work with Mr. Rose and the rest of the administration.”
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