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Meet Dayton High School's New Principal

A message from new Dayton High School principal Jeremy Dodd, via the school's website:

On July 29th, I joined the staff of Dayton Independent Schools as the new high school principal.  Arriving around noon, after cleaning out my old office and saying goodbye to my former colleagues, I began meeting the eager staff members and quickly realized what great people we have here in our district.  I have been welcomed with open arms and am enjoying my experience thus far.  Around 6 p.m. that same day, I was able to attend and speak at the 7th grade orientation of our students.  I met many of our community members and parents, and was again in awe of what this community has to offer.  Great things are in store at Dayton Independent Schools.

My path toward education has been a winding one.  After my undergraduate studies at Lindsey Wilson College, I began working for the Cabinet for Families and Children as a social worker.  After two years in that position, I transferred to the Division of Probation and Parole where I supervised adults who had committed felony crimes.  While working in those positions, I grew to respect the educational profession.  I began to realize that the only true path toward self-improvement and change is through education.   In July of 2005 I made the decision that I wanted to change the lives of young people.  I wanted to make a difference.  I enrolled at Northern Kentucky University and earned my teaching certification.  My first educational opportunity was working in Erlanger-Elsmere Schools where I served as a special education teacher at Tichenor Middle School.  For five years, I worked diligently for my school and served my students.  In 2011, I was hired as the assistant principal of the Bartlett Educational Center where we truly made a difference in the lives of at risk students.  Now, I am humbled at the opportunity to serve you and your students…

I want to take this opportunity to open the doors of Dayton High School to the community.  I believe that the community, parents, and schools are partners in each child’s education.  Standing alone we cannot succeed.  We must join forces and teach our children that they have bright futures and many great opportunities.  We are training the leaders of tomorrow and we must do so together.  On behalf of me and the staff and teachers of Dayton High School, we welcome you to visit and see the great things we have in store for your children.  We have many exciting opportunities within our schools and invite you to stop by and inquire about volunteering.  Remember we are partners and together we can make a difference!

Another note from Dayton Schools: An open house is scheduled for Monday. August 19 at Lincoln Elementary School from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Photo: Jeremy Dodd