Reynoldsburg News

New principals in place at 4 Reynoldsburg schools


New principals are leading four Reynoldsburg district schools this year -- Taylor Road and Summit Road elementary schools and Encore and HS(2) academies.

At Taylor Road Elementary, Jeremy Miller replaced Darrell Probst as principal.

Before coming to Reynoldsburg, he served three years as principal at Clear Fork Valley Schools.

He is married with three children, ages 10, 9 and 6.

"I truly believe working with children is one of the best things in life and I am so excited to meet all of our little Tornadoes," Miller wrote in a back-to-school letter to Taylor Road parents.

Melissa Drury replaced Dee Martindale as principal at Summit Road STEM Elementary School.

Drury has been a teacher and instructional coach in Reynoldsburg schools since 2001 and STEM development leader at Waggoner Road and Hannah Ashton middle schools and at Summit Road.

Her most recent position was as instructional coach/administrative support at Summit, so she will be a familiar face in the school's hallways.

Drury said the school provides opportunities for students to engage in "design thinking" and "to engage in different learning environments, including the classroom, our wetlands, our innovation station and out into the community."

Jocelyn Cosgrave replaced Katy Myers as principal at Encore Academy.

She was the principal-director of MV New Tech Academy and ZMS New Tech Academy at Zanesville City Schools from 2012-2014. Before that, she worked seven years in Reynoldsburg as a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School.

Cosgrave said she was particularly interested in the post at Encore "because I have a background in the arts and a true love of the arts."

"I want to build community partnerships that have a positive and lasting impact on both the students and the partners ... and to build a school community based on trust and respect," she said.

Dawn McCloud replaced Ann Baldwin at HS(2) Academy.

McCloud taught at Hannah Ashton Middle School before accepting the post at HS(2), which stands for Health, Science and Human Services Academy.

She has three children, Conner, Cameron and Claire, and graduated from Ohio State University.

McCloud said she encouraged her classes at Hannah Ashton to participate in fundraising for an Honor Flight last year and her students wrote letters of appreciation to veterans participating in the Honor Flight.

HS(2) held a weeklong orientation for freshmen last week with PAST Innovation Lab directing a forensics study of a simulated crime scene.