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New principals appointed to head Rocky River Middle School, Goldwood Primary

Rocky River

By Sue Botos

A pair of new faces will occupy the principal’s offices at Rocky River Middle School and Goldwood Primary School in August.

The board of education, at its May meeting, named Megan Rose to head the middle school and Carol Rosiak to the Goldwood position. Rose will take over for Samuel Gifford, who has been appointed to the position of executive director of Human Resources and Support Services, replacing the retiring Ted Blank. Rosiak will follow Jennifer Norman, who has been named director of Learning Resources Services. All positions are effective Aug. 1.

Rose is currently assistant principal at Rocky River High School, serving in the position for two years. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher at the high school, from which she is also a graduate.

Receiving her undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University, Rose has worked with special needs students in science, reading and math, using both a self-contained classroom and inclusion models. She chairs Rocky River’s Special Education Committee, which is one of the district’s ten Curriculum Development Committees. At the high school, she has been a Praxis Mentor, junior class advisor, and faculty advisor for the Exceptional Students Unlimited Club.

A lifetime Rocky River resident; Rose lives in the city with her husband and two children. She is active in the Rocky River Junior Women’s Club and Early Childhood PTA.

“We’re really excited to have Megan as a principal,” stated Superintendent Michael Shoaf. “She has been a resident of Rocky River and has a strong background in administration.” He added that she possesses a “great blend of experience” which will contribute to the district’s high expectations.

Rosiak comes to the district from the Washington Local District near Toledo, where she has been both an elementary school teacher and principal. In addition, she has served as a school improvement consultant, university instructor and a supervisor of student teachers.

Rosiak attended Kent State University and Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership Studies. Her professional activities include membership in the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, the Educational Leadership Association and the Mid-Western Research Association. Rosiak, her husband, and two children will relocate to the area.

Although Shoaf said that he always looks for individuals within the district to fill appointments, sometimes the search must go elsewhere to find a person with the necessary credentials.

“My approach is that when we have people in the system that have proven themselves, they are moved up. If we don’t have the experience we are looking for, then we go outside the system,” he remarked, adding that it’s usually easier for students to adjust
when they have dealt with a staff member previously. Shoaf added that after
having the opportunity to interview Rosiak and some of her colleagues, she
stood out among the applicants.

“She’ll quickly learn all about Goldwood,” he said.

Rosiak attended Kent State University and Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership Studies. Her professional activities include membership in the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, the Educational Leadership Association and the Mid-Western Research Association. Rosiak, her husband, and two children will relocate to the area.

Although Shoaf said that he always looks for individuals within the district to fill appointments, sometimes the search must go elsewhere to find a person with the necessary credentials.

“My approach is that when we have people in the system that have proven themselves, they are moved up. If we don’t have the experience we are looking for, then we go outside the system,” he remarked, adding that it’s usually easier for students to adjust when they have dealt with a staff member previously. Shoaf added that after having the opportunity to interview Rosiak and some of her colleagues, she stood out among the applicants.

“She’ll quickly learn all about Goldwood,” he said.

 

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