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Milford Welcomes New Adminstrators

Posted on: July 2, 2015

At the Milford Board of Education meeting held on June 18, 2015 the Board approved several hiring recommendations that impact the district’s administrative team for the 2015-16 school year. 

John Spieser has been named the new Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for Milford Schools beginning August 1, 2015. He is taking the position previously held by Nancy House who became Milford's Assistant Superintendent after Tim Ackermann was named the Superintendent of Kings Local Schools.

It's a homecoming for Spieser who began his teaching career as a life science teacher at Milford Junior High School in 1994.  After leaving Milford in 2000, he began his administrative career and has gained experience in suburban, urban, and rural districts. He has been an assistant principal at Mason High School and Bethel-Tate High School and principal at Little Miami High School, Glen Este High School, and Clark Montessori High School. During his tenure at Little Miami, he also had responsibilities for the district’s 7-12 curriculum. 

"All of my experiences in secondary education as a teacher and administrator have brought me to this point. I am excited to continue the great work of the district and collaborate with teachers and staff to take Milford's academic offerings and rigor to the next level," Spieser said.

Spieser has his Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University. He also has a Masters in Educational Administration from University of Cincinnati and a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. He has taken Superintendent Licensure Coursework at Xavier University.

Stacy Smith was named the new Coordinator of Technology. The district hired a technology coordinator to provide and organize systematic professional development for our teachers to use technology to enhance instruction.

“Technology for technology’s sake is not our goal, but how technology can positively impact instruction,” said Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell. "There are a myriad of ways that technology can enhance instruction, and our teachers have done a great job of using technology tools to improve instruction. We want to continue to support their growth in a systematic way and provide these opportunities for all of our teachers on a regular basis.”

Since 2012, Smith has been teaching technology education for Ross Middle School. She has also been a music teacher in both Ross and Gahanna-Jefferson School Districts. In the area of technology, Smith has been a building coach for INFOhio (Ohio's PreK-12 digital library) and a professional trainer in technology for Knox County Educational Service Center. She is also a regular presenter at statewide conferences on a variety of topics involving integrating technology in the classroom.  She has earned her Google Education Trainer status and been awarded Ohio Master Teacher designation.

“I am looking forward to working with the teachers and students to find more ways to utilize technology to improve teaching and learning across the district.  I am excited about offering technology professional development to the staff and collaborating with them in the classroom!” Smith shared.

Stacy Smith has her Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein College and Masters of Music Education from Capital University, as well as, a Masters of Educational Leadership from Miami University. She also had a K-12 Computer Technology endorsement from the University of Dayton.

Todd Wells is leaving his role as assistant principal of Milford Junior High School to become Milford's Special Education Coordinator.  Wells served as Special Educator Coordinator for two years before becoming the assistant principal of Milford Junior High School in 2013.  He is replacing Diane Parrett who resigned.

Wells shared that he is moving back into special education because “my passion is working with all students to make a difference in all aspects of life, but my true calling is to advocate and provide for those students with disabilities.”

Wells began his educational career as the Certified Athletic Trainer and Middle School Athletic Director for the New Richmond School District and became an Intervention Specialist in New Richmond Middle School. He was also an Assistant Principal with the Clermont County Educational Service Center at a K-12 public school for students with emotional and behavioral needs. 

Sarah Sloan is replacing Todd Wells as an assistant principal of Milford Junior High School.  Sloan has administrative experience in Hamilton City Schools and West Clermont School Districts. Most recently she was the assistant principal at Bridgeport Elementary School in Hamilton.  For 12 years Sloan was a teacher in the West Clermont Local District. She has also taught in Clermont Northeastern School District, as well as, Goshen Schools.

“I am very excited and honored to become a part of the Milford Schools family.  As a member of the community and a proud parent of Milford School students, I look forward to this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the district and the communities we serve,” Sloan said.

Sloan has a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University.