The Maritime Academy has announced the appointment of Tom Shafer as Superintendent. A self-described “go-getter,” Shafer brings experience as a principal, special education coordinator and Ohio Teacher Evaluation System evaluator to the “#1 Maritime High School in the U.S.” He looks forward to working closely with the school’s teachers and staff members, saying, “I don’t know any other way than to be close to my teachers.” He wants to keep the school population (currently 250 boys and girls in grades 5-12) growing, and is proud that the school’s offerings, including radar and ship simulators, school-owned boats, and a strong character-developing rank system, are producing students ready for careers in maritime industries.
“I joined the Navy when I was 17,” he said, “and I used my G.I. Bill to go to school to be a teacher. It seems fitting that I came back to the maritime environment to work.”
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