The Northeastern Local Board of Education met in executive session Thursday evening and, following an interview, unanimously approved the hiring of Eric Tipton as the new Tinora High School principal. A fourth-grade teacher at Tinora Elementary School for the past 10 years, Tipton will assume his new responsibilities on Oct. 30.
Tipton will be replacing interim principal Eric Spiller who stepped in to help out at the start of the current school year after former high school principal Christopher Lake notified the school board in mid-August that he had accepted the job of superintendent at Swanton Local Schools.
“Eric started with us 10 years ago as a fourth-grade teacher and has done a great job for us,” said Northeastern Local superintendent Jim Roach. “While he has spent his teaching career at the elementary school, he does have a connection with the high school, having served as a varsity baseball assistant coach.”
A graduate of Paulding High School, Tipton earned his bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in 2006 and began teaching at Tinora Elementary School in 2007. He earned his master’s in educational administration from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and finished his administrative certification this past summer.
Tipton had mixed emotions following Thursday’s unanimous vote by the school board.
“(The vote) was very humbling and gratifying, but the situation is a little bittersweet as well,” said Tipton. “I’m not looking forward to leaving my classroom, my students and my co-teachers at the elementary.
“My professional goal has always been to be a principal and it’s great to get that opportunity in the Northeastern Local school district,” added Tipton. “I’ve spent the last 10 years here and would be glad to spend my entire professional career here.”
Tipton also thanked Tinora Elementary principal Nicole Wells, Eric Spiller, the teaching staff at the elementary and Tinora varsity baseball coach Brent Renollet for all of their support and encouragement as he pursued his professional goals.