HUBER HEIGHTS — Thursday night, the Huber Heights City Schools Board of Education solidified administrator positions for Weisenborn Junior High School, approving Brent Carey as the principal and Justin McCollum as the assistant principal.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Carey told the Courier on Monday. “Being from the Lebanon and then Wilmington area originally, I heard about the great things going on in Huber Heights.”
He said that as he got closer to being offered the position, “I heard nothing but outstanding things, not only about Huber Heights City Schools and the direction they’re moving, but in particular Weisenborn and the great things they’ve got going on, how nice the staff is and hardworking and the quality of education that they provide. So, I’m real excited about that.”
Carey has been the principal at Wilmington High School since 2010 and was previously the assistant principal there from 2008-10. He served in the Miami Trace Local Schools as a Jr. High Assistant Principal and as the Jr. High Athletic Director from 2002 to 2008.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education from Miami University (Oxford) in 1993 and taught in his field at Miami Trace from 1994 to 2002. He earned his Master of Science degree in administration in 2002 and his principal certification in 2006, both from the University of Dayton.
In his resume, he said he is a dedicated and experienced educator with the passion to create an environment to improve student achievement. He indicated that his experience, with over 21 years as a teacher and administrator, have exposed him to so many instructional ideas that work.
“I feel I could implement these into any school and raise achievement and improve climate,” he stated in his resume. “I have proven experience as a leader and compassion for staff and students.”
He said Huber Heights is a bigger school system then Wilmington.
“I just believe there are lots of opportunities for kids in the Huber Heights district,” he said. “I look at it as a great opportunity for me after 21 years in education to get involved with a bigger school district that has different types of resources and use what I’ve learned to hopefully help Huber Heights keep moving along.”
Carey had an opportunity to tour Weisenborn and said the building was “beautiful.”
“It was great—what a beautiful facility,” he said. “I think it’s laid out really well…It’s a beautiful place for a kid to get an education, that’s for sure.”
Carey, who was asked about his first year strategy in Huber Heights, said that Derrick Williams (former Weisenborn principal, who was promoted to Director of Human Resources in the Huber Heights City Schools) has done a “great job of leading that building.”
“I know they’ve got a lot of things in place already, that work,” he said. “…I don’t want to come in and try to change what’s not broken, so I’m going to look at the systems in place and keep that momentum going and put my own touches where they need to be.”
Carey said a key thing is to spend the majority of his time developing relationships with the staff and students “and making sure my relationship is solid with them so that anything that we do different in the future will be more receptive.”
McCollum, who will serve as Carey’s assistant principal, graduated from Wayne High School in 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in adolescent earth science/chemistry education at Miami University (Oxford) in 2005. He earned a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadershp in 2010 and in principal’s license course work in 2012, both at the University of Dayton.
McCollum taught at Fairborn in 2006-07, Valley View in 2007-09 and at Wayne High School from 2009-14. At Wayne, he served as the Science Dept. head and Freshmen Academy Dean of Discipline. He also coached the junior varsity baseball team from 2009-12.
This year, he served as the assistant principal at Summit Elementary in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati.
Carey said that for he and McCollum to start the year together “is a good chance for us to start off as a new team and right off the bat, start working together.”
Both Carey and McCollum received two year contracts, beginning Aug. 1. The board also approved Kelley Fisher-Bolin as Supervisor of Accountability and Assessment with a two-year contract beginning Aug. 1.Greg Smart may be reached at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.