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Arbor Hills Junior High to get new principal, assistant principal

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Mellisa McDonald has been named assistant principal and Tim Zieroff named principal next school year at Arbor Hills Junior High. Mellisa McDonald has been named assistant principal and Tim Zieroff named principal next school year at Arbor Hills Junior High.
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When assistant principal Tim Zieroff takes the top post at Arbor Hills Junior High School next school year, he plans to keep the teamwork mentality started by Principal Rose Gaiffe.

The Sylvania Board of Education unanimously appointed Mr. Zieroff, 38, this week to be principal at the middle school, beginning Aug. 1. Mrs. Gaiffe, 58, is retiring after 35 years of service to the Sylvania School District.

“The good thing with Rose -- and I want to continue to carry this over with Mellisa -- it was never micro-managed. We ran the building together,” he said. That cohesive management style has prepared him for a smooth transition into the new role, he said.

Mrs. Gaiffe tied him into all the decisions making for the three years he has served as assistant principal, he said. He will be paid $98,636 a year. He now is paid $87,881.

Mellisa McDonald, 32, Northview HIgh School’s assistant principal of discipline, will make a lateral move on Aug. 1 to Arbor Hills as assistant principal. She will be paid $87,881, down from her current pay of $88,761.

“I’ve been in discipline for several years, and the commitment it takes at the junior high level is a good mix for my husband and I," she said. "It allows us to follow our passions and work with kids,” she said about her new role that she said will put her on the principal career track. Her husband, Jeremy, is the physical education teacher at Stranahan Elementary School and also an assistant basketball coach at Southview High School.

Mrs. McDonald holds a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University, received in 2004, and an master's in education from the university in 2008. Before coming to Northview three years ago, she was the assistant vice principal at Waite High School.

Mr. Zieroff graduated from the University of Toledo in 1997 with a BA in elementary education and has a master's in educational technologies in 2004. He has a principal’s and superintendent’s license, received in 2010 and 2013, from the University of Findlay.

Before coming to Sylvania Schools, Mr. Zieroff was at Swanton Local Schools for 13 years. He began as a business education teacher and was promoted to the middle school’s dean of students and high school athletic director, which he served as for five years. 

He said next school year he will be concentrating on the new changes brought on by the state’s Common Core Curriculum, which ties into the Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation System, which measures teachers impact on student growth.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 



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