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Interim Sycamore Junior High Principal Named

janelle schunkSycamore Community Schools has selected an interim principal to lead Sycamore Junior High School. 

Janelle Schunk will serve as the interim principal for the 2022-23 school year, pending Board approval at their July 20 meeting. Schunk was hired in April as an assistant principal at Sycamore High School after an extensive interview process.

“Mrs. Schunk is a true leader of kids and staff. She believes in the power of relationships and shares our vision for developing a collaborative leadership culture,” said Chad Lewis, superintendent. “We believe she is the right person to bring stability to the junior high during this time of transition for the building and administration.”

Mrs. Schunk comes to Sycamore with three years of administrative experience. She has served as the assistant principal of Oak Hills High School since 2019. During the pandemic closure, Schunk also served as the Virtual Academy principal for Grades 9-12. She has served on the district’s New Teacher Team, Family Support Liaison Team, AP Program Supervisor, and content area supervisor of Social Studies, Art & Design. 

Mrs. Schunk is looking forward to serving the students and staff at the junior high. 

“The veteran teaching staff provide a solid foundation to continue the reputation of excellence, while also creating an environment to explore new possibilities with the transition into the new building at the end of this year,” said Schunk. “As interim principal, my hope is to also help bridge the gap between the junior high and high school to ease transitions and help better prepare students for their future. I am very excited about getting started.”

Prior to working at Oak Hills, Mrs. Schunk was a Visual Art and AP Capstone teacher at Milford High School. She also has three years of experience as an adult educator at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Toledo Museum of Art. Schunk holds a Bachelor’s degree in photography from Drexel University, her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Toledo, and a Master’s in School Leadership. She received her Superintendent License after attending Miami University’s Superintendent Leadership Program. 

The search process for a permanent principal is expected to begin in January 2023. The district is also currently searching for an additional assistant principal at the junior high and at the high school to fill the role being vacated by Mrs. Schunk.