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Sycamore Junior HIgh Welcomes Two New Asst. Principals

Right: Molly Bernosky Left: Clayton Lavercombe

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to welcome two new assistant principals at Sycamore Junior High School.

The Board of Education approved the hiring of Molly Bernosky and Clayton Lavercombe who will join Dr. Traci Rea to complete the administrative team at the junior high. 

“We are excited to welcome Molly and Clayton, two experienced and highly successful leaders, to the Sycamore Family.  Each brings a unique leadership skill set, and a heart for service to students, staff and families to our junior high school,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent.

Bernosky comes to Sycamore from Mason City Schools, where she has most recently served as an assistant principal of Mason Middle School. She has over 10 years of education experience, including a depth of experience in the field of school psychology at Mason Schools, Oak Hills Local School District, and Reynoldsburg City Schools. Bernosky received her Educational Administrative degree from Xavier University, her Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

Bernosky called joining the Sycamore Junior High Staff, honoring and humbling.

“I look forward to promoting high expectations and personalized learning of each student, for which Sycamore Community Schools is already well known,” said Bernosky. “It will be my mission for each student to feel welcome, safe, and valued during their time under our care.”

Clayton Lavercombe will join the team with over 14 years of educational experience. Lavercombe has served as the assistant principal and middle school athletic director of Tippecanoe Middle School in Tipp City, Ohio since 2016. Prior to that, he taught high school math for ten years. He also has coached varsity boys and girls bowling, junior varsity softball, and varsity softball. Lavercombe received his Masters in education from the University of Dayton and his Bachelor’s from Ohio University. 

Lavercombe, a 2002 Sycamore High School graduate, is excited to be coming back to the place where his education began.

“I was in junior high when I knew I wanted to be a teacher and become an educator.  It seems only fitting that I have the opportunity to go back to where that passion for education and learning began,” said Lavercombe. “My most fond memories of Sycamore are the adults that impacted my life positively, and I have always wanted to have the opportunity to be one of those adults at Sycamore Junior High and give back to the community and school who gave so much to me.”

The selection of Bernosky and Lavercombe ends an extensive search for a replacement for Misty Belfrom and Andy King, who are resigning at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

“Our Junior High family is so excited to welcome these two outstanding administrators to our school,” said Dr. Traci Rea, principal. “Their exceptional experience will allow them to hit the ground running with our building vision for providing state of the art education for all students with opportunities for team clubs and athletics. The junior high is primed to move our programming to the next level.”