The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education approved Ms. Erica Dietzel as the new Elementary School Principal during their regular meeting June 25.
Dietzel returns to Ohio after serving 12 years in the 10th largest school district in the country, Orange County Public Schools in Florida, as a teacher and building administrator.
"I love curriculum and working with all staff and students to promote student success," Dietzel said. "I believe that to have a successful building, everyone must have a centralized vision and mission to follow."
Dietzel received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Heidelberg College in 2003. She earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.
"For the past 3 years, I had the privilege of being a building site administrator for a new campus in the Orange County Public Schools," Dietzel said. "The unique part about this particular campus was that it served as a pilot for two new curriculum programs, as well as a digital pilot for the state of Florida."
Dietzel was selected from an applicant pool of nearly 30 individuals. Her successful experience as a building level administrator, curriculum coach and teacher elevated her to the top of the list.
"Throughout the interview process, it became very evident that Ms. Dietzel is approachable and able to build strong relationships with the students, staff, administration and community by listening, communicating and being visible," Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "These are important traits that are needed as a foundation to be the Elementary School's instructional leader, and we are excited to have her join the Redmen family."
Dietzel's first official day as the Bucyrus Elementary School Principal will be August 1. However, she will be working throughout the month of July to ensure a smooth transition occurs for the new school year.
"I was attracted to Bucyrus because I was eager to find a career that would also feel like a home," Dietzel said. "After my first interview and my observations of the personal and positive interactions among the interview panel members, I knew I wanted to be a Redmen!
"My main focus is improving students achievement, because I'm a firm believer that all students can and will learn. As the principal, I want to provide the supports necessary to students, staff and families to have an environment that is safe, loving, full of learning and fun."