Thursday, March 01, 2001

Harrison principal state's best




By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HARRISON — Ted Zigler, principal of William Henry Harrison High School, has been named Principal of the Year by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Principals.

        “I think it says a lot about this district,” Mr. Zigler said. “This is my first job as a high school principal.”

Zigler
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        He credited Superintendent Kay Bowling with giving him the opportunity to test his mettle as principal.

        Mr. Zigler, 48, has been principal at the school since 1994. Before that, he was an assistant principal at Northwest High School. He began his career as a teacher and has been in education for 27 years.

        “The one thing I try and do is give teachers a lot of room to do what's right for kids,” he said. “What you try and do is you hire the best people you can and then give them all the support you can. Then, your job becomes a facilitator.”

        Harrison High has 1,236 students in grades 9-12. When he's having a bad day, Mr. Zigler said, there's no better antidote than taking lunchroom duty so he can talk with students.

        “It's a job that is really people-intensive. It can have its day, but I think in the right district and the right place it's very rewarding.”

        Mr. Zigler also works to ensure educators are encouraged and trained to be principals — a necessity in this era of principal shortages. He teaches a class at the University of Cincinnati for administrators. He also teaches in the summer at UC's Administrator Development Academy.

        “Ted works tirelessly,” Ms. Bowling said. “He participates in anything and everything, not only in his building, but in the total district.”

        Among his accomplishments, she said, is instituting organizational and curricular changes designed to improve student achievement. He established a “school within a school” to give ninth-graders a chance to adjust to the curriculum, school culture, their peers and staff. The purpose is to reduce the number of dropouts by having a core of teachers work directly with freshmen.

       



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