Superintendent, Paul Imhoff
My family and I became part of the Upper Arlington family in 2013, and we quickly learned what has drawn people to this special place for so many years. It's more than the tree-lined streets and beautiful parks - it's a deep sense of community pride and cooperation.
While I am proud to be a member of this great community and a parent in this fantastic school district, I am humbled to serve as its superintendent. It is an honor to work with this fine group of educators as they make a positive impact in the lives of our students. I am invigorated by the thoughts of what is yet to come. Over the next few years, we will be laying the groundwork to build upon the district's tradition of excellence and reach even greater levels of achievement and opportunity for all students.
If you have any ideas or questions about our schools, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Incredible progress made for our schools, community during 2016-2017 school year
As the 2016-2017 school year draws to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on all of the progress made in our schools and our community since last August.
One of the most significant changes for our students and teachers has been the addition of one-to-one technology in all grades. This year every student, from kindergarten to senior year, has a district-issued tablet or laptop. Our teachers have begun the journey of unlocking all the potential these devices have for personalizing learning for each student.
“I believe technology is transforming our classrooms in great ways,” said Christy Kish, a fourth-grade teacher at Greensview Elementary School. “It’s not a linear approach to teaching anymore. Students are able to learn however best they learn.”
The possibilities extend from the elementary years up through high school and through all content areas. Gordon Gavin, an art teacher at Jones Middle School, said: ”I’m excited to see where it goes from here. … It’s just been an amazing game changer for our students.”
Another area of pride is the Research and Design Lab at Upper Arlington High School, which was recently highlighted by EdCircuit.com for “instilling a love of learning in future-ready graduates.” ( How Three Schools Approach Research & Development and Innovation )
The R&D Lab is a conceptual space meant to allow students and staff to explore, prototype and design innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It was funded by a very generous donation from a local family with support from both the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and the Upper Arlington High School PTO.
“There are so many phenomenal ideas. We have brilliance everywhere in this building,” says Laura Moore, an Upper Arlington High School teacher and instructional leader for the R&D Lab. “The key is to now have a space where we can start to foster and support that.”
And I cannot look back at the school year without marveling at the tremendous amount of collaboration involved as our community finalized a facilities master plan for our schools.
Since the master planning process began more than two years ago, we have had hundreds of residents volunteer on building teams, hundreds more attend community information sessions or in-home coffee chats and thousands of people participate in online or telephone surveys.
It has been both invigorating and humbling to serve a community in which residents will come out in droves to help plan for the future of education. I extend my thanks to everyone who has shared their time and their voice in this process!
If you have any questions or ideas for our schools, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (614) 487-5030.
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