Johnstown Independent

Northridge adds two new positions


The Northridge Local School District has added two new members to its leadership team, beginning later this summer.

The newly filled positions are technology specialist and director of teaching and learning.

"Both positions will be working with Northridge Local Schools through a service agreement with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio," Northridge Superintendent Chris Briggs said. "We are extremely excited to have two individuals with such great credentials joining our leadership team."

Briggs said Dr. Sabrina Vallery is joining the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio as director of teaching and learning. She is coming from Teays Valley Local Schools, where she is the K-5 curriculum director. Vallery has a doctorate degree from the University of Phoenix in educational leadership. Additionally, Briggs said, Vallery has two Master of Arts degrees -- in educational psychology from Marist College and in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, special education and elementary education from Marist College. She is an adjunct instructor at Ashland University, a National Board-certified teacher and a Columbus Dispatch Star Teacher Award recipient.

Briggs said Vallery's main responsibilities would be to oversee the Northridge K-12 curriculum, assessments, Ohio Teacher Evaluation System implementation and development of curriculum maps/guides/rubrics.

"Dr. Vallery will lead our district in professional development as well," Briggs said.

Northridge school board president Doug Hart touted Vallery's abilities.

"She's quite impressive," he said. "She'll be a resource for all our teachers."

Hart said Vallery, who will start Aug. 1 and receive $85,000 annually plus a health-benefits package, would be particularly helpful for teachers learning their way around the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, which, Hart said, "gives teachers legitimate concern about how it's all going to work."

"She's really going to be able to help teachers succeed in the new system," he said.

Technology specialist Jack Kruse is joining the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio from Gahanna-Jefferson schools.

Kruse, who had retired, is an adjunct technology teacher with Ashland University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University and master's degree in education from Ashland University. Kruse received the Golden Apple Award from Ashland Oil and taught the Ohio Super Computer Summer Institute at OSU.

"Jack has served Gahanna in a variety of roles, from high school technology teacher, district supervisor and professional development, with a focus on technology integration into the classroom," Hart said. "He also assisted in the creation of 21st-century blueprint for high school students.

"(Kruse) has been in technology since the ground floor," Hart said. "We got him as a rehire. It's incredible we were able to get someone with his skill set."

Kruse will start June 24 and will receive $50,000 plus a health-benefits package.

Briggs said Northridge's partnership with ESCCO is beneficial.

"We are pleased to partner with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to bring these two outstanding educators to Northridge Local Schools to support our students, staff and administrators," he said. "These are exciting times in Northridge Local Schools."