District chooses from within to fill vacant building-level leadership positions

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The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education today approved the employment of three WCSD teachers to fill building-level administrative vacancies at Genoa Middle School, Westerville North High School and Westerville South High School.

Rodney Johnson, math teacher at Heritage Middle School (HMS), is the new assistant principal of Genoa Middle School. Johnson replaces Marty Wicks, who served in this capacity last school year and decided to return to the classroom as a teacher for the 2009-10 school year. Johnson has been a mathematics instructor at HMS since 2006. Prior to his employment with WCSD, he taught English in Columbus City Schools from 2004-06 and in Dayton City Schools from 2003-04. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Wright State University.

Stephanie McGeorge, social studies teacher at Westerville North High School (WNHS), is that school’s new assistant principal. She replaces Carl Svagerko, who resigned at the end of the 2008-09 school year to take a position as principal of Whitehall-Yearling High School. McGeorge has been a social studies teacher at WNHS since 1999. Prior to joining WCSD as a full-time instructor, she was a substitute teacher for both Westerville and Worthington City Schools. McGeorge earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.

Scott Dorne, mathematics instructor at Westerville South High School (WSHS), is that school’s new athletic director. Dorne replaces Dave Siess, who retired at the end of the 2008-09 school year. Dorne has been a math teacher at WSHS since 1991. He also served as coordinator of the school’s Advanced Placement Program from 2007-2009 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program from 2006-2009, during which time he held membership and several leadership positions on the Ohio Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools. Dorne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and his Master of Arts, Education: Sport & Exercise from The Ohio State University.

Dorne’s background includes extensive coaching experience, affiliations and honors. He served as WSHS assistant track coach from 1992-94 and again from 2007 to the present. He was head track coach from 1995-2006 and head cross country coach from 1992-2000. He was honored by the Central District Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (CDTCCCA) as Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001, and as Coach of the Year for the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He won the Ron Jones Sportsmanship Award in 2001, the Wolfpack Throwing Club Service Award in 1999 and the USA Track & Field Ohio Association Service Award in 2000. He is a past president of the CDTCCCA and presently holds membership and leadership positions on several track and cross country committees, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Track & Field Advisory Committee; chair of the OHSAA Track & Field Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee; chair of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) Midwest Meet of Champions Committee; and president-elect of the OATCCC.