It was a homecoming of sorts when Cyndi Toledo walked through the doors of Winchester Trail Elementary School on Monday, Jan. 28 as the school's new principal.
Toledo taught four years as a first grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary School in the Canal Winchester Local School District before moving on to other administrative positions with the Licking Heights and Groveport-Madison school districts.
She has returned to the district in mid-year as the replacement for Principal Mike Bruning, who is the new director of operations for the school district.
"I returned to the district for many reasons," Toledo said.
"The most important reason is Canal Winchester is home to me," she said.
"While I have many experiences throughout my career in varying districts, I have raised my children in the Canal Winchester School District because I feel it is a strong school district with many educational opportunities," Toledo added.
The mother of four children, said she was very fortunate to work in three different districts.
In the Licking Heights district, Toledo worked as an assistant principal and later principal and curriculum director for two years before taking over as principal of 430 students and staff at Madison Elementary School in the Groveport-Madison Local School District for nearly six years.
"Once again it was a learning experience as I had five other colleagues (elementary principals) to work with as well," Toledo said.
"Another reason to move into Winchester Trail principal position is that it has a larger student body and staff and I am ready for the challenge," she added.
Toledo, who received her bachelors of science degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree in education from Ashland University, knows it might be challenging moving into a new position in the middle of year, but hopes the "staff and administration can work as a team to make decisions in the best interest of the students at Winchester Trail."
As a result, her goals for the remainder of the year are quite simple.
"I would like to create a positive environment for students and staff at Winchester Trail alongside my assistant principal Kelly Zywczyk," Toledo said.
"I would also like to be a supportive instructional leader for staff at Winchester Trail," she said.
And the new leader of Winchester Trail Elementary School is definitely supportive of at least one member of the Canal Winchester Board of Education.
Her husband, Bob, is vice president of the board.