Ever since she was young, Brooke Menduni knew she wanted to be a teacher.

The goal, she said, grew from a desire to help others and make an impact on their lives.

"From a very early age, it was something I was always passionate about and something I never really deviated from," Menduni said.

Menduni began her career in the Dublin City School District, and now she has landed an opportunity to lead the school she currently serves as assistant principal.

Menduni on Aug. 1 will assume the role of principal of Karrer Middle School, with a salary of $112,485. Including benefits, her total compensation will be approximately $146,230.50.

Mark Mousa, who served as Karrer principal for five years, is leaving to become a Young Professionals Academy teacher at Dublin's Emerald Campus, said Superintendent Todd Hoadley. Hoadley said Mousa requested the change to allow more time with family.

The district received about 65 applicants for the principal job, Hoadley said. The human resources department interviewed 12 applicants, and six of those were selected to be interviewed by parents, teachers and administrators at Karrer.

In addition to Menduni, the other two individuals selected for the final round of interviews included Burt Stellers, principal of Daw Elementary in Wellsville, and Jason Bates, assistant principal of Olentangy High School in Lewis Center.

Hoadley said Menduni's strong relationships with parents, staff and students and her administrative experience helped her become the top candidate.

"She has been a really, really strong leader for us in that assistant principal position," he said.

Menduni holds a bachelor's degree in middle childhood education from Miami University and a masters degree in educational administration from Ashland University.

Her teaching experience includes teaching science at Dublin Sells Middle School and Gahanna Lincoln High School. She served as dean of curriculum and instruction at Gahanna Lincoln High School before becoming assistant principal at Karrer in 2013.

Menduni, a Dublin resident, said she is planning a great deal of professional development to support all students. She said she also has specific plans for targeting English language learners and gifted learners. Getting parents and the greater community involved in the school is also important.

"I love Dublin, and I love Karrer Middle School," she said.

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