Cherokee, Woodland Announce New Principals

Cherokee, Woodland Announce New Principals
Posted on 06/08/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Cherokee, Woodland Announce New PrincipalsLakota Local Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders at Cherokee Elementary and Woodland Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Cherokee Principal Paulette Grady, who announced her retirement effective July 31, 2016, will be succeeded by Woodland Principal Valerie Montgomery. Replacing Montgomery as Woodland’s new principal will be Hopewell Junior Assistant Principal John Wise.

Montgomery began her career at Lakota, as a teacher at Adena Elementary in 1993. She soon transitioned to Cherokee, where she taught third and fourth grades for several years before she was named the school’s assistant principal in 2007.  She moved to Woodland in 2010 to lead the school as principal.

“Ms. Montgomery’s leadership at Woodland has left some very positive marks and I am excited for the energy she’ll bring to another school’s community through this transition,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “She is a Lakota veteran who is extremely passionate about elementary education and it’s wonderful to see her return to a school community she already knows.”

Wise joined the Lakota community five years ago as assistant principal at Hopewell Junior School. He left the classroom at Loveland Middle School, where he taught seventh and eighth grade language arts for six years.

“Mr. Wise’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for education has had a tremendous impact on the Hopewell community and I feel certain he will bring that same level of commitment to Woodland,” Mantia said.

Montgomery graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, before earning her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. She is licensed as a PreK-8 teacher and principal in grades PreK-9.

Wise graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. He is licensed to teach reading, language arts and mathematics for grades 4-9 and as a principal in grades 4-12.