Jamie Wilson, a 2001 Reynoldsburg High School graduate, has been named assistant principal of Waggoner Road Junior High School, effective Aug. 1.

Jamie Wilson, a 2001 Reynoldsburg High School graduate, has been named assistant principal of Waggoner Road Junior High School, effective Aug. 1.

Wilson will succeed former Waggoner Road Junior High School assistant principal Max Lallathin. Her annual base salary will be $75,433. District human resource director Sonia Postema said Wilson's complete cost to the district, including benefits, annually is $104,050.

Postema said Lallathin resigned this year for personal reasons.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education approved hiring Wilson on May 17 after a recommendation from Superintendent Steve Dackin.

Wilson, daughter of Sandra and William Wilson, spent this past year as an administrative dean at the high school. Dackin was principal at the high school when she was a student there.

"I think she's phenomenal, that's why I recommended her," he said. "She's a talent and a Reynoldsburg graduate she's going to do great things for kids.

"We were lucky to employ her as an administrative intern this past year, and she has great promise. We're excited about the opportunity for her to serve as assistant principal," he said.

After graduating from RHS, Wilson attended Northern Illinois University with a full scholarship, where she studied education, with an emphasis on math. She also played on the university's women's basketball team.

After graduating in 2005, she taught eighth-grade math at Robert Frost Middle School and at Crete-Monee Middle School, both located outside Chicago.

She also attended Governors State University, where she received a masters degree in administration in 2009 before moving back to Reynoldsburg.

Wilson said she decided to come back to Reynoldsburg because she felt confident there were good opportunities to work in the school district.

"I'm excited. There have been some good changes happening here and this is like leaving home, which I called Chicago, and then coming back home," Wilson said.

"It's a good opportunity to come back and give back to my community, like what I received as a student here, so I want to keep the spirit of excellence going," she said. "I feel blessed that they're giving me the opportunity. I strive on being excellent and growing under the direction of Waggoner Road Junior High School principal Chris Brooks and the staff."

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