- Sycamore Community Schools
Assistant Superintendent Announces Retirement
Sycamore Schools Assistant Superintendent Kelly Wegener is retiring, marking the end of nearly a decade of dedicated service to our schools and a career in education spanning over 30 years.
Mrs. Wegener will officially retire at the close of the 2023-24 school year. Her journey with Sycamore began in 2014, when she began working with our teaching staff as an instructional coach and consultant for Hamilton County Education Service Center. For four years, she provided invaluable support to our educators with student-centered, research-based instructional practices.
She officially joined the district in 2018, when she was hired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, overseeing all issues related to teaching and learning for grades PK-12.In July 2021, she was named Assistant Superintendent, collaborating with administrators, department supervisors, subject leaders, and staff to ensure best practices across all grade levels.
“I am incredibly grateful for the time I have spent working collaboratively with our administrative team, teachers, and staff,” said Wegener. “I feel like I have gotten back as much if not more than I have contributed and am leaving Sycamore a better educator and a better leader.”
Under Mrs. Wegener's leadership as Assistant Superintendent, the district achieved the prestigious title of a 5-Star District by the Ohio Department of Education. Her contributions were integral in fostering a culture of collaboration, leading to the establishment of the current curriculum team. She was a driving force for the establishment of full time counselors at the elementary level to address the needs of the whole child and expanded STEAM programming. Mrs. Wegener provided direction to the district’s strategic plan goals—including curriculum audits, collaborating with teachers, professional learning models, and the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). She also spearheaded the district’s Aves Culture and Climate Team (ACCT), formerly known as CRP.
“Mrs. Wegener will leave a lasting legacy of caring about all children, ensuring all students have their basic needs met to allow them access to their education, and dedicating herself to serving all students. We will be celebrating her legacy and the positive changes that she has made in the Sycamore Community Schools for many years to come,” said Chad Lewis, superintendent.
Mrs. Wegener's extensive career includes 18 years as a math teacher in Lakota Local Schools. She also served as a Math Curriculum Specialist and as the varsity track coach. In 2012, her career led her to Hamilton County ESC as an educational consultant. She earned her bachelor's degree in math education from Bowling Green State University and her master's degree from Xavier University in school counseling.
The decision to retire at the end of this year was a challenging one for Mrs. Wegener.
“I will miss the team that I work with every day, but the timing is right,” said Mrs. Wegener. “With new changes to Ohio’s teacher retirement system, I am able to retire earlier than expected. This is a blessing and will afford me more time to spend with my 89-year-old father who lives in Florida.”
As Mrs. Wegener embarks on this new chapter, the district will initiate an extensive search for a new assistant superintendent. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback in this process.