LOVELAND, OHIO - At a special Board of Education Meeting on June 28, the Loveland School Board approved the employment of Mary Helen Moorhead as principal of Loveland High School. Dr. Moorhead is from Princeton City Schools where she has served as high school vocal music teacher, high school assistant principal for five years, and middle school principal for the past four years.
"The many people with whom I have spoken at Princeton have the highest regard for her leadership, rapport with staff, students, and parents, and her passion for what we do in public education. She is a great person to follow Chuck LaFata and I know that she will work hard to make this a smooth transition," said Dr. Kevin Boys, Superintendent.
According to Dr. Boys, the District received 34 internal and external applicants for the position. Applicants included current superintendents and assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and a small number of aspiring administrators who have recently been certified. A committee comprised of administrators, staff, and a parent participated in the interview process.
Dr. Moorhead is an Adjunct Professor at Miami University in Oxford. She received both her doctorate and master’s of educational administration and a master’s degree in music education from Miami and her bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to her administrative tenure at Princeton, she served as a music teacher for Shelby County Schools in Kentucky.
Moorhead was recently published in a national educational journal for her process of visiting each teacher’s classroom once a month. Her article "The Evolvement of My Educational Leadership" was published in the May 2004 issue of Principal Leadership. She has also been featured as a state and national speaker and has earned numerous honors for her leadership including the 2003 State of Ohio Fine Arts Principal of the Year and the 2003 University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.