PAULDING — A pair of new principals were hired by the Paulding Exempted Village Board of Education during a special meeting of the board Monday evening. The members also hired a new maintenance technician and an assistant psychologist.

Hired as new Paulding Elementary School principal was Mary Born, who replaces Greg Puthoff. Puthoff’s resignation was accepted at the April meeting of the board. He was hired in April on a continuing contract to be the Paulding High School credit recovery teacher, effective for 2019-20.

Born comes to Paulding from Defiance Middle School, where she has served as seventh-grade math/pre-algebra teacher since August of 2017, in addition to other positions at Defiance since 2001. She was selected from a pool of 16 candidates, including eight who interviewed for the job.

“What we really like about Mary is the number of years she’s had in primary education, and the leadership roles she been in,” stated Paulding superintendent Ken Amstutz. “She’s been very instrumental in working with the 21st Century Grant at Defiance, and we’d like to get ours back.

“As a team (board and superintendent), we just felt she was the right fit for the job,” added Amstutz. “We look forward to her leadership, she will be a great addition to Paulding.”

Born shared she looks forward to the challenge of becoming a principal after being involved in education at Defiance as a substitute teacher (2001-06); a Title I reading and math teacher (2007-08); and a first-grade teacher (2008-17).

She is a graduate of Defiance College (bachelor of arts in elementary education) and Concordia University (master of arts, school leadership), in addition to earning her principal’s license. Born was approved for a two-year administrative contract effective, Aug. 1.

“When this opportunity came up, I really felt I could be a good fit for the position,” said Born. “With my experience in the classroom, and with my experience in leadership roles (such as with the 21st Century Grant), I felt this was the next step for me in my career.

“My first priority is to meet the staff and the students, and learn the direction we need to go,” continued Born. “It’s hard to leave Defiance, I’m going to miss my co-workers and the kids, but I’ve gotten a very warm welcome in Paulding. I’m very excited to get to work.”

Meanwhile, long-time Paulding Middle School science teacher Eric Deisler has been hired as Paulding Middle School principal to replace outgoing principal Matt Carr, who was hired as Defiance Middle School principal at the May meeting of the Defiance school board.

Deisler has taught science at Paulding Middle School the past 22 years.

“We’ve had some turnover at principal the last few years at the middle school, and we feel Eric is going to bring some stability to the position,” said Amstutz on Deisler’s hiring. “Eric has great experience in the Paulding Middle School classroom, and that will be of great help to him.

“There won’t be a learning curve in getting to know the students and the staff, and that should really help Eric hit the ground running,” continued Amstutz. “We feel very good about the fact that he’s the right fit for this position, and we’re glad to have him continue to work here.”

Deisler, who shared that he’s excited to start this new chapter in his career, looks to build on what is already in place at Paulding Middle School.

“I’ve been at Paulding Middle School for the past 22 years, and in middle school education for 24 years, and the past few years I’ve been thinking about the next challenge in my career,” began Deisler. “I thought it was time I use the skills I’ve acquired for a greater purpose, so moving into administration was the next step. This is where I wanted to do that, and I feel becoming principal of the middle school will allow me to keep the school moving in the right direction.

“My first goal is to see a spirit of cooperation between the administration and the staff, the staff and the students, and the students with each other,” continued Deisler. “I thought Mr. (Chris) Etzler (former principal) and Mr. Carr did great things during their time here. I want to build off that and bring my own ideas to the table so that we have a culture in place where everybody wants to be at Paulding Middle School.”

The board also approved a one-year contract for Tim Baker as maintenance technician, effective July 1; and a one-year contract for Chris Baker as assistant psychologist, effective July 1.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m.

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