A Deer Run Elementary School graduate will be leading the school this fall.

A Deer Run Elementary School graduate will be leading the school this fall.

Susann Wittig will take over as principal of Deer Run Elementary School when Lorraine Rubadue retires.

Wittig has a history with both the school and the district.

"I attended Deer Run Elementary grades 2-5," she said. "I was there the first year the building opened."

Wittig later graduated from Dublin Coffman High School, so coming back to Dublin City Schools was always a goal.

"Dublin has always been home for me. I've lived here since I was 3," she said.

"I went K-12 with Dublin schools so it's always been my goal to come back as administration," Wittig said. "I'm excited to be here."

Wittig began her career in central Ohio.

"I taught in Hilliard for 12 years," she said. "I taught a variety of grades K-3."

Her first shot at being a principal came at Robert F. Schultz Elementary School in Delaware and she led the school for five years. Next Wittig went onto be principal of New Albany's K-1 building.

Helping children has always been a goal for Wittig and being a principal fit that perfectly.

"I think my first aspiration and love is working with children and being an instructional leader," she said.

"My main focus is working with children and helping them grow and learn. You can make more of an impact with children as a principal than in the classroom."

Continuing the tradition of academic excellence at Deer Run Elementary is on Wittig's to-do list, along with making sure teachers are prepared for the new mandated common core state standards.

"I want to make sure we have professional development with teachers," she said. "We're focused on new standards."

Meeting staff, parents and students is also at the top of her list.

"I want to build relationships and continue what's going on here," Wittig said.

Wittig lives in Dublin with her husband, 7-year-old stepson, Luke, and 2-month-old daughter, Emily that the family recently adopted.

"There are many exciting changes going on," she said.

The excitement also extends to her new career.

"I'm just excited to get to know all the students, staff and community members," Wittig said.

Students in the Dublin City School District begin returning to class Aug. 21.