The Bexley City School District Board of Education has approved Superintendent Mike Johnson's recommendation to hire Jeannine Hetzler as the new principal of Cassingham Elementary School.

The Bexley City School District Board of Education has approved Superintendent Mike Johnson's recommendation to hire Jeannine Hetzler as the new principal of Cassingham Elementary School.

Hetzler will assume her new duties starting with the 2011-12 school year.

Currently a fifth-grade teacher at Cassingham, she will take over the leadership position at the school as of Aug. 1.

Hetzler has taught at Bexley Middle School and Maryland Elementary School, in addition to her current assignment at Cassingham. She served as Maryland's first teacher leader from 2002-05.

A Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University (expected completion 2012), Hetzler holds a master of arts degree in international relations and a B.A. in psychology from Ohio University. She also completed a non-traditional teaching certification program in elementary education at Capital University.

Hetzler will replace the retired Barb Heisel, Cassingham principal since 1991, who led the school as it earned authorization in 2007 as Ohio's first International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Heisel worked under a one-year contract this year so that the school could maintain its programs and conduct its IB reauthorization process while Johnson searched for her replacement.

The Cassingham principal job attracted 104 applicants. Teams of faculty, administrators and community members met with six finalists for the position and provided feedback to Johnson prior to his recommending Hetzler.

"Jeannine Hetzler rose to the top as the candidate with the best fit for the position," Johnson said. "She demonstrated exceptional knowledge of IB and has had an impressive set of experiences leading teachers.

"In addition, she earned overwhelming support from the teachers, parents and administrators participating in the interview process, with all of them endorsing her selection to be the next Cassingham Elementary principal."

Jeannine Hetzler