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New leaders chosen for Annehurst, Whittier


The Westerville City School District has announced who will lead Annehurst and Whittier elementary schools when their principals step down later this school year.

Earl Rahm will replace Howard Baum as principal of Annehurst Elementary School when Baum retires in January.

Rahm is assistant principal of Heritage Middle School, a role he has held since 2010. Before coming to Westerville, he held various positions in the Reynoldsburg City School District for 10 years. He worked at the middle-school level, serving as dean of students, interim athletic director, assistant principal, alternative school instructor and business teacher.

During his time in Westerville, Rahm has created and implemented a Discipline Committee to improve school climate, developed the annual school schedule using PowerSchool, participated in parent meetings designed to enhance students' academic performance and managed logistics associated with the school's fundraising initiatives and school assemblies.

Rahm holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from Ohio State University and a master's degree in administration and administrative licensure from Ashland University.

Pointview Elementary School instructional coach Rob Stranges will step in to fill Rahm's current role as assistant principal at Heritage.

Cheryl Relford, a newcomer to the Westerville City School District, will serve as principal of Whittier when current Principal Kim Woosley retires in February.

Relford has worked for Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Va., for the past 13 years. There, she has worked as a kindergarten teacher, elementary school assistant principal and elementary school principal.

Relford has worked in education for 17 years. According to a release from the district, her focus is on student-centered instruction, collaborative planning and teaming, data-driven decision making, teacher evaluation, professional development, fiscal management, master scheduling, parental and community involvement, and fostering safe and supportive learning environments.

Relford received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Winston Salem State University and a master's degree in curriculum-instruction and supervision from McDaniel College.