By Kevin Kelley
Ned Lauver, an associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Wooster, has been appointed Westlake High School’s new assistant principal.
He succeeds Mike May, who left Westlake High after five years to become principal of his alma mater, Amherst High School.
“Westlake is a premier school district and community, and I love that the school celebrates 21st-century rigor while maintaining a focus on the individual student,” Lauver said in a statement. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to join the staff at Westlake High School and will work each day with the goal of educating for excellence foremost on my mind.”
After graduating from Rocky River High School in 1999, Lauver received both his undergraduate degree, in history and education, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Baldwin Wallace University.
At Edgewood, Lauver assisted with a major facilities reorganization project, implemented a middle school truancy intervention program and created a comprehensive attendance data tracking and intervention program at the middle school. He also was instrumental in a partnership with The College of Wooster to create two new volunteer programs at the middle school – one for mentoring, tutoring and enrichment, and the other a weekend mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Lauver previously taught social studies and coached the speech and debate teams at both Wooster High School and Carrollton High School. He also served on staff at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation of the Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America, for 12 years, including positions as camp director and program director.
Lauver and his wife, Nicole, a German teacher at Wooster High School, have a 1-year-old son, Julian.