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Theado, Wilson tapped for leadership positions

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Superintendent Paul Imhoff said he will recommend the hiring of two new principals at the June 10 Upper Arlington Board of Education meeting.

Both Andrew Theado and Carla Wilson will move up from positions as assistant principal to principal at Upper Arlington High School and Barrington Elementary School, respectively.

Theado has served as assistant principal at Upper Arlington High School for three years. He replaces Principal Ryan McClure, who is leaving the position after one year.

"Andrew is a Golden Bear through and through," Imhoff said. "He is committed to this community and dedicated to supporting the needs of Upper Arlington students and Upper Arlington High School staff."

Prior to joining the administrative team, Theado taught science at the high school for two years and served as assistant coach for the football team. Before coming to Upper Arlington, he taught in the Olentangy and South-Western school districts.

"As I look back upon the rich tradition of excellence in this school and in our community, I am truly humbled by this opportunity," he said. "I am also committed to working in collaboration with students, parents and staff members to honor that tradition and build upon it, making sure that our brightest days are yet ahead."

Theado received his bachelor's degree in science from Wright State University and his master's degree in science education from Ohio State University. He also has a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University.

"Upper Arlington is such an amazing community," he said. "It is my home and family's home and there is no place I would rather be."

"My first goal is to listen to our students, community and staff to determine our strengths and areas for improvement," he said.

Wilson joined Upper Arlington schools as Barrington's assistant principal last July. She succeeds Jason Fine, who will take over as principal at Jones Middle School.

Before becoming a district administrator, she served more than 10 years in Westerville City Schools as an elementary teacher, instructional coach and curriculum specialist.

"Carla is a talented educator and a gifted leader," Imhoff said. "She has built a great rapport with our students and she has a keen understanding of what our teachers need to be able to tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child."

Wilson said she is happy to have a chance to lead Barrington.

"It is an honor to serve this community," she said. "I recently shared with our staff and families that last fall a parent asked me, 'Do you feel the magic of Barrington yet?' I absolutely feel this magic each and every day as I work with students, staff and families."

Wilson received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Ohio Dominican University. She has a master's degree in reading, language, literature and culture from Ohio State University and a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University.

She said staff members at Barrington are "dedicated to educating the whole child."

"You can see it in Barrington's history of academic excellence, in the creation of school-family-community partnerships, in the commitment to service learning and in the choice of two instructional delivery methods that allow Barrington to meet the needs of diverse types of learners.

"There is an energy and passion at Barrington that is unique and exciting," she said.

Barrington offers the contemporary elementary program available in most of the district's elementary schools and also an informal progressive program similar to that at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School.

Wilson said open communication and academic support are keys to ensuring student success.

"Learning is a social event and in order to improve students' chance for academic success, educators must strive to form meaningful personal relationships with students," she said. "Educators need to have a deep understanding of curriculum and instruction and hold high expectations to help students achieve at the highest levels."

Both Theado and Wilson will begin their new jobs July 1.

Details about their contracts, including salaries and benefits, will be released after school board members approve their hiring at the June 10 meeting, said Karen Truett, district director of communications.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building, 3600 Tremont Road.

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