Forest Hills Welcomes Two New Principals

The Forest Hills School District asks the community to join us in welcoming our two newest principals.

During its June 25th meeting the Forest Hills Board of Education approved Michael Broadwater as the new principal of Anderson High School and Chris Flanagan as the new principal of Ayer Elementary School.

“Mr. Broadwater brings with him a depth of experience and knowledge that will benefit the students and staff at Anderson High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Dallas Jackson. “He has been an educator for 25 years – 15 of those years as a math teacher and 10 as an assistant principal. He has spent the past year as an assistant principal at Lakota East. We are thrilled to welcome him to our district.”

Mr. Flanagan has been an assistant principal at Mercer Elementary School for the past two years. Prior to that, he was a teacher at Finneytown Local School District.

“We are pleased to find from within our own Forest Hills family an individual with a depth of talent and knowledge to serve as the next principal of Ayer Elementary,” Dr. Jackson said. “Comments provided by staff members, students, parents and the community in an online survey and in small group listening sessions were used in our creation of principal candidate profiles for both AHS and Ayer. Thank you to everyone who participated. The information we gathered was invaluable.”

Mr. Broadwater has his Master’s of Education in Secondary Administration 7-12 from Kent State University, his Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education from The Ohio State University, and his Superintendent License Cohort from Ashland University. His achievements include being named the State Assistant Principal of the Year in 2006 and National Assistant Principal of the Year Finalist in 2006. Mr. Broadwater was a presenter at the OASSA Assistant Principal Conference in 2011 and 2012, and was a member of the OASSA Assistant Principal Committee in 2011 and 2012. He was nominated six times for Who’s Who Among American Teachers and nominated for a Disney Award.

Mr. Flanagan has his Master’s of Education from Xavier University in Elementary Education, his Bachelor’s of Arts in American Studies from Saint Michael’s College, and did his Post Master’s work for his Ohio Principal License at Xavier University. In the past two years, Mr. Flanagan has been given a variety of ever-increasing leadership responsibilities at Mercer. He has been successful in all of his endeavors, Dr. Jackson said.

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