When students arrived at Canal Winchester Middle School for the first day of school on Aug. 25, someone new was there to greet them.

When students arrived at Canal Winchester Middle School for the first day of school on Aug. 25, someone new was there to greet them.

Daniel Senu-Oke is the middle school's new assistant principal. He previously held administrative positions in the Mansfield Local Schools and the Fort Wayne Community Schools.

His annual salary is $78,905, according to district treasurer Joyce Boyer.

Senu-Oke said he became interested in joining Canal Winchester after hearing about the district's programs to help students apply what they learn in the classroom in the real world, such as the Model United Nations program for seventh- and eighth-graders.

"That provides a very sound foundation as they leave the district" and move on to college and the workforce, he said.

Senu-Oke, who earned a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in educational administration, said one of his objectives in his new role is to help identify students in need of instruction beyond the standard curriculum.

"I'd like to provide intervention for students who don't necessarily qualify for special education," he said. "A lot of times, those kids fall through the cracks."

Senu-Oke and his wife, Kennedy, have a 2-year-old daughter, Luisa. Although he was born in Ohio, he holds dual citizenship in Nigeria. His father, Edward, is a Nigerian citizen and is currently running to become the governor of Lagos, which has a population of 7.9-million and is the second most-populous city in Africa after Cairo, Egypt.

Senu-Oke is a self-described "techie." In his spare time, he builds networks for computers and manages websites.

"I've been involved with computers for quite some time," he said. "It's more of a hobby, but it's definitely a passion of mine."

Senu-Oke said he's looking forward to getting to know parents and teachers in Canal Winchester and familiarizing himself with the local community.

"Coming into Canal Winchester, I've received a warm welcome," he said. "I'm looking forward to providing some assistance, not only to the team here at the middle school, but to the district and their goals for the school year."