Madison-Plains hires two new principals

(Posted July 19, 2018)

Madison-Plains Local Schools hired two building-level administrators on July 9.  Michelle Teis is the new junior/senior high school principal. Max Lallathin is the new assistant principal for the elementary and intermediate buildings. Teis and Lallathin replace administrators who left the district for positions elsewhere.

Teis was one of approximately 25 applicants for the junior/senior high school principal position. She emerged as the top choice after committees of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and school board members conducted two rounds of interviews.

An educator with more than 20 years of experience, Teis has taught in the Miami Trace School District for the past 16 years, most recently as a seventh-grade math teacher. She also has served as a coach.

A native of northeast Ohio, Teis earned her bachelors’ degree from Wilmington College and her master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University. After concluding her undergraduate studies, Teis substitute taught for a year, worked for Tuslaw Local Schools for six years, then made the move to Miami Trace.

While at Trace, Teis was a member of the building and district-level leadership teams and one of the original members of the district’s Ohio Improvement Process Team.

“Michelle has been a leader at Miami Trace, both formally, through the committees she has been on, and informally as someone people seek out for advice,” said Madison-Plains superintendent Chad Eisler. “She has a dynamic personality that is infectious, which draws people to her. She understands curriculum, instruction and assessment, and she will also bring a fair, firm and consistent approach to discipline in the building.”

About the job, Teis said, “I’m excited to be a part of the Madison-Plains community and work with such a dedicated staff at Madison-Plains Junior/Senior High School. My hope is to continue to grow through high expectations, create strong community relationships, all while maintaining a student-focused approach to learning. Madison Plains Local Schools is poised to do amazing things in the near future, and I am humbled to be able to be a part of the future of the Eagles.”

Teis received a two-year contract with a salary of $85,000.

Lallathin joins the district from his most recent post as interim principal at Licking Heights West Elementary School, where he served for the second half of last school year. Previously, Lallathin was an elementary/middle school principal for ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow), a position he held for six-and-a-half years. He also served as an assistant principal at Waggoner Road Junior High School in Reynoldsburg and as a principal at Eastland Performance Academy.  Lallathin has teaching experience at the elementary level at Eastland Performance Academy and at Northland Preparatory & Fitness Academy.

Lallathin earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his master’s degree from Ashland University.

“We are pleased to bring (Lallathin) on board,” Eisler said. “He is a high-character person and has knowledge and experience using data to drive instruction.  He will be a nice addition to the elementary and intermediate building staff.”

About the job, Lallathin stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the K-6 assistant principal at Madison-Plains. I am looking forward to leading and growing the K-6 student body to academic excellence. Lastly, I am excited to build relationships with my staff and the community, as a whole.  We are ‘MP Strong’.”

Lallathin received a two-year contract with a salary of $75,000.

In other hiring news, the district hired Courteney Francis as an intervention specialist for sixth grade and Therese Schroeder as a fifth-grade math and science teacher. Nathan Warner was named head varsity boys’ basketball coach.

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