After saying goodbye to Matt Keller, the Delaware City School district is saying hello to Jill Elliott.
In May, Keller, former principal of Woodward Elementary School, accepted the position as principal at Wilson Hill Elementary school in the Worthington City School district.
The vacancy was filled by Elliott, who has been working as an instruction coach in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools for the past 11 years.
Elliott's official start date is July 24, but she said she has been at Woodward every day, meeting new people and getting ready for the new school year.
Elliott said she has a variety of experiences that will help her be successful in the Delaware City School district, including having worked as an instruction coach, a third-grade teacher and working in special education.
"I plan on complimenting the skill sets and dedication of the employees at Woodward," she said.
Although she hasn't been a principal before, she has worked with students and teachers in a number of different capacities.
"I like to work with teachers and help them find new ways to be successful. I love to see the growth in students and teachers over the years," she said.
Elliott said the most important thing she will do is work together with the teachers to do what is right for the students.
Unique to Woodward Elementary is the Woodward Family Resource Center, which not only serves the students at Woodward, but the students and families in the entire school district.
"The Family Resource Center is a fabulous resource and I can't wait to see what more we can do to support our students and families," Elliott said.
Students in the district have also been involved in collecting items for families in need and donating them to the resource center.
"That is a great experience for students to have here. It gives students a well-rounded experience and I plan on continuing those partnerships," she said.
Renovations to Woodward aren't expected to begin for another two to three years, according to the district's construction program, which would give Elliott time to get to know the building and help with the plans.
"I am excited to be a part of the plans for construction, especially since this is an old rebuilding," she said. "It will be fun to spruce up the environment."