Head of the Class


Emmanuel Christian School

Jeff Wilcox, Superintendent

Emmanuel Christian School is a discipleship school enabling students to grow intellectually and spiritually.  Our vision is: Making disciples of Jesus Christ. “As Emmanuel’s new superintendent I was drawn to the school by its strong educational and biblical philosophy which resonates with my educational views,” says Jeff Wilcox who started in June.
Emmanuel has a faculty deeply committed to students’ growth.  ECS is excited to be rolling out its TCM Discipleship model.   There are three components:  Teaching for Understanding (our minds), Cultivating for Transformation (our hearts) and Mentoring for Growth (our service).

Emmanuel also has excellent facilities to train its 355 students through curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.  ECS maintains two computer labs, two libraries, a fully-equipped science lab, two gymnasiums, a baseball diamond and a softball diamond along with a lighted soccer field.  Programs include robotics, two bands, elementary and secondary choirs, and fall, winter and spring sports.


Maumee Valley Country Day School

Mr. Gary Boehm, Head of School

Mr. Gary Boehm has been Head of Maumee Valley Country Day School for the past eight years.  Maumee Valley offers education to children from preschool through grade twelve. 

Their mission is to enable students to become enlightened, compassionate, and contributing citizens of their global community, while preparing graduates for their best opportunities in higher education.  Maumee Valley’s challenging curriculum, student-centered school life, and supportive community inspire and equip them for a lifetime of learning. 

Prior to becoming Head of School, Gary spent fifteen years leading Maumee Valley’s Middle School and teaching algebra.  Gary is married and has two children, Tyler and Emily, both graduates of Maumee Valley.  When not working, Gary enjoys golf, backcountry skiing, and playing the guitar. 


Toledo Public Schools

Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent

Dr. Romules Durant has been named as the 30th Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools. A proud graduate of Waite High School, Dr. Durant began working for TPS in 1999 as a classroom teacher. From there, he became an assistant principal, a principal and then assistant superintendent.

Charismatic and confident, Dr. Durant is focused on increasing student academic achievement, raising the graduation rate, encouraging parent involvement and focusing on early childhood programming. Dr. Durant played a pivotal role in creating the district’s multi-year transformation plan. He looks forward to continuing the implementation of the highly-acclaimed program.

Student success is a number one priority for the new superintendent. He wants all TPS students and potential students to know “they’re at the heart of everything TPS does and that all decisions are made in their best interest.


Franciscan Academy of Lourdes University

Dr. Richard Kohler, Director

Dr. Richard Kohler, Director of the Franciscan Academy of Lourdes University, believes the greatness of the Franciscan Academy lies with its willingness to value each child as a gift from God and to discover how that child excels. He believes each and every child is capable of success.

At the Franciscan Academy, Dr. Kohler hopes to maintain the high standard of academic achievement and to continue guiding students to become well-rounded, caring individuals. The Franciscan Academy’s mission is to help all students achieve their personal best.

For some, that means preparing for honors and AP courses and becoming National Merit Scholars and high school valedictorians. For others that means identifying ways of learning that are not available in “one-size-fits-all” schools.



St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy

Dr. Bryon Borgelt, Principal

Dr. Bryon Borgelt is in his fourth year as the principal of St. John’s Jesuit Academy, a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition that educates boys in grades 6 through 8. He believes that middle school provides a window of opportunity, especially for boys, for personal growth and maturity and to explore new areas of interest. The SJJ Academy is the only school in metro Toledo that is endorsed for single-gender education by the prestigious Gurian Institute, “which means we know how to educate boys,” Dr. Borgelt explained.

Dr. Borgelt and the SJJ Academy teachers work to keep their students actively engaged and to provide lots of hands-on learning opportunities. “We also try to build a sense of community in the Academy, through service, leadership and school trips and activities,” Dr. Borgelt said. “For us, it’s not just about academics, although I think we do pretty well with that too.”


Toledo School for the Arts

Nick Mariano, Principal

Sam Arnold, Assistant Principal

Joining the leadership team in 2009, Principal Nick Mariano has helped to steer a number of exciting developments at Toledo School for the Arts.

This school year alone, TSA added 150 students and transitioned entirely from textbooks to iPads.  No stranger to transition, Mariano has taught at a Philadelphia K-8 residential treatment center, served 10 years in Toledo Christian classrooms, earned a Master’s from BGSU, and filled various administrative roles.  With the arts and education as driving forces throughout his career, the principal remarked on his satisfaction in working “where one finds  ‘the same family culture’ that you find in many private schools.  TSA goes one step further, enhancing student creativity and expression.”

Mariano is immensely grateful the recent promotion of Shirley (Sam) Arnold from Guidance Counselor to Assistant Principal.  She holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees, a Master’s, and certification/licensure through ODE as well as the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Ohio.  For this role, Arnold was also certified in School Leadership/Supervision. 


Westside Montessori School

Lynn Fisher, Head of School

In 1975, Head of School Lynn Fisher, founded West Side Montessori with 12 preschool students in rented space in a church. The school grew quickly to include elementary grades and eventually added both toddler and middle school levels and a satellite program in Perrysburg.

Today, the school serves 380 students in beautiful purpose-built facilities. Montessori education provides an enriched environment where children take responsibility for their own learning and develop the confidence and habits of mind that propel them to challenge themselves to excel. West Side graduates have an exceptional record of leadership, creativity, public service, scholarship, and the confidence to pursue their dreams.

Lynn’s personal mission is to create a learning environment where children and adults can become their best selves. She is passionate about Montessori education because of the difference it makes in the lives of those who surround her, including her own family. Lynn’s two Montessori educated sons, Mark and David, are both married to Montessori teachers and her four grandchildren are all Montessori kids.


Whitmer Career and Technology Center

Debra Heban, Director

A career and technical education empowers students to prepare for a lifetime of career and educational choices. It also supplies students with work-based learning opportunities, offers students leadership development, helps students explore a multitude of career possibilities and provides college credit options.

Whitmer Career and Technology Center and Owens developed agreements allowing 141 students to earn 1,354 credit hours among six career tech programs. Career tech students belong to a Career Tech Student Organization. CTSO’s are an integral part of academic and technical course work including a rigor of competitions.

Debra Heban herself enrolled in a career tech program in high school and as a result enjoyed working in the dental field for 18 years. She then decided to pursue a career in education. She has been employed for 19 years at Whitmer CTC, 17 years in administration and 11 years as the Director at the CTC. She is very proud of the students and staff at the Whitmer Career and Technology Center and all of their accomplishments.

Saint Joseph’s

Mrs. Sally Koppinger, Principal

Mrs. Sally Koppinger has served as St. Joseph School principal for 27 years. In that time, she has seen the school double in size and expand to two campuses—a preschool to grade five building and a middle school—on opposite sides of Main Street.
She was chosen as the top elementary school principal in the Ohio/Michigan Province of the National Catholic Education Association in the spring of 2005, and was recognized in the fall of 2005 by the National Education Association in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. as a National Distinguished Principal. Sally has long appreciated the importance of empowering her staff and encouraging them to reach their potential.

St. Joseph, Sylvania has consistently been recognized as having strong academics and a Christ-centered Catholic identity at its heart.  Much credit goes to Koppinger who, since 1986, has been encouraging professionalism, compassion and a dedicated search for best practices and continuous improvement.


HOPE Learning Academy

Mrs. Mellissa Hinton, School Leader

Mrs. Mellissa Hinton is the “School Leader” for the new innovative HOPE Learning Academy of Toledo, The Perfect Place for the exceptional learner.  As the coordinating Intervention Specialist for the former Mary Immaculate School, she has developed a precise student-centered philosophy in educating and advocating for children to achieve their full potential.

Mrs. Hinton has over fifteen years experience with a diverse population of students (cultural and demographical) within Toledo area schools. Her knowledge and expertise is in Special Education and Transition.  She believes that, “Every child can live a life of independence if their education enhances and supports their abilities, not disabilities.”

At HOPE Learning Academy, Mrs. Hinton is committed to providing a rigorous academic education for the exceptional child with specialized learning needs, offering a non-traditional classroom setting that cultivates “self-reliance, critical thinking, and problem solving skills through research proven curriculum infused with social growth, sensory integration, and art enrichment.