Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools' Jill Elliott is in line to change roles this school year, from coordinator of assessment and accountability to assistant superintendent.

Elliott, a 1998 Gahanna Lincoln High School alumna, is poised to succeed Scott Schmidt, who will become superintendent of the Northridge Local Schools in Licking County effective Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The board is scheduled to vote on the matter on Aug.10.

"Having grown up in Gahanna, I know firsthand the impact our school district can have on students' lives," Elliott said.

"This is a wonderful community with amazing students, families and staff, and I am very proud to be a part of this district and serving in this new role," she said.

She said she's excited about the opportunity and challenges ahead.

"Jill has extensive knowledge in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and she knows how to connect with people, values the thoughts and ideas of others, and we are extremely fortunate to have her on our team," said Steve Barrett, district superintendent.

Elliott grew up in Gahanna and graduated from Otterbein University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She also has a master of education degree in educational administration from Ashland University.

She joined the district as a third-grade teacher at Chapelfield Elementary School after graduating from Otterbein.

Elliott went on to start the district's autism unit at Blacklick Elementary School before serving as an instructional support coach for five years in Gahanna.

She also served as a principal for the Delaware City Schools from July 2013 to July 2015.

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