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Westbrook named Early Childhood Assistant Principal

We are pleased to announce Jennifer Westbrook has been named the Early Childhood Assistant Principal, effective August 1, 2024. This is a newly created position that will oversee the District’s preschool program while also assisting with administrative duties at Buckeye and Melridge elementary schools – where preschool will now be located.

Westbrook has been with the District since 2020 when she was hired as an assistant principal at Riverside Campus. In 2022, she became the Special Education Supervisor for the Student Services Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching in Special Education from Ursuline College. She also completed post-graduate work in Education Administration at Kent State University. Prior to being hired at Riverside, she was an intervention specialist at Crestwood Middle School for 13 years.  

“I am excited to join the preschool team and welcome our youngest learners to the Riverside Local School District,” Westbrook said. “I am also looking forward to supporting our elementary teams at Buckeye and Melridge elementaries. I am honored to be able to extend the District’s work in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and early interventions to the preschool and elementary level.”

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Westbrook serve in this new position as she brings in a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge.” added Superintendent Christopher Rateno, Ed. D. “This role will be crucial to providing the best possible start for our youngest students while also creating an environment where every child can flourish, laying the groundwork for success. I am certain Mrs. Westbrook will be a great fit for this role.”  

Westbrook will continue serving as the District’s Special Education Supervisor until July 31, 2024.