Students and families at Annehurst Elementary School will welcome a new principal this fall, while Fouse, McVay and Pointview elementary schools will share a new assistant principal.

Tabatha Wilburn has been hired as the new principal at Annehurst, and Jason Fullen will serve as assistant principal for the three elementary schools.

"Jason worked with our district the past year as a principal intern at Walnut Springs Middle School," said John Kellogg, Westerville superintendent. "He did a great job for us in that role, so we're pleased to hire him in an official capacity where he can continue his work on school-wide improvement initiatives and providing additional support to staff and students."

Kellogg said Wilburn brings a variety of leadership and early-childhood-education skills to the district.

"I'm particularly impressed with her work on Response to Intervention processes, as well as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports," he said. "Jason and Tabatha will make great additions to our elementary leadership team."

Greg Viebranz, the district's executive director of communication and technology, said former Annehurst Elementary School principal Earl Rahm is going to be the principal at Alcott Elementary School. Former Alcott principal Lauren DeMars resigned to relocate to Florida and be closer to family.

The board of education approved hiring the principals during its June 25 meeting.

Fullen will be paid an annual salary of $74,000 plus benefits valued between $28,000 to $35,000, depending on his plan selection.

Wilburn will be paid an annual salary of $84,500 plus benefits valued between $32,000 to $39,500, depending on the plan that is selected.

Their employment assignments are effective Aug. 1.

"I am very excited to be joining Westerville City Schools, but more specifically, I am thrilled to be a part of the Annehurst family," Wilburn said. "The staff and community have been so welcoming and I am looking forward to continuing the amazing journey that has already begun.

"My family and I are excited for the opportunity to come closer to home and to our family," she said.

Wilburn worked last year as principal of London Elementary School, a pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school with 1,100 students and 120 staff members.

She has a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University and a master's in education administration from Concordia University.

Fullen said he's excited about his new position as assistant principal at three Westerville elementary schools.

"Last year I served as a principal intern at Walnut Springs MS (Middle School), and I look forward to continuing to support the families of Westerville City Schools.

"This position is important to me because it provides me the opportunity to support elementary staff as they create learning environments that will spark a love of learning and school for all of our students," Fullen said.

He said that staff and students at his buildings can expect an administrator who is supportive, empathic and committed to providing the best educational experience for all staff, students and families.

Fullen has a master's degree in business administration, with an educational leadership focus, from Ohio State. He also has master's degrees in social work and public administration from the university.

Fullen received his bachelor's degree in music from New York University in 2011.

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