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Veteran Educational Leader Joins Canal Winchester Curriculum Department

Mr. Craig Lautenschleger is the new Director of Curriculum, Elementary, for Canal Winchester Schools.

A new Director of Curriculum for elementary grades will join the Canal Winchester Leadership Team this fall, bringing experience and perspective as a principal, teacher, and leader in the private sector serving education institutions to the district.

In his new role, Mr. Craig Lautenschleger will work collaboratively with the district’s curriculum team to support teachers and students through design, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality curriculum.  

“Craig has a proven record of supporting educators as a school administrator and brings unique skills and perspectives to the district from his work as a private sector leader in the educational service industry,” said Superintendent Ms. Kiya Hunt. “His ability to build relationships, collaborative nature, and fresh ideas will be a great addition to our leadership team and our district.”

Mr. Lautenschleger began his career as a 4th grade teacher at New Albany Intermediate School and then served as that district’s Community Arts Coordinator. In 2008, he transitioned into educational leadership roles, serving as a building principal at River Valley Local Schools, Teays Valley Local Schools, Marysville Exempted Village Schools, and Columbus City Schools.  

In 2015, Mr. Lautenschleger began his tenure in the private sector as Vice President of EnvisionEdPlus. In this position, he collaborated with schools to redesign innovative programs or re-envision existing schools, create sustainable structures for instructional support, provide professional development to administrators and teachers, and served on numerous Ohio Department of Education committees. In 2020, Mr. Lautenschleger became the National Strategy Officer for Modern Teacher, LLC. In this role, he facilitated goal setting, visioning, and on-going consultation for education leadership teams and provided best-practice leadership and professional development for educators.  

“Being a part of the Canal Winchester Local Schools team is an honor,” said Mr. Lautenschleger. “Throughout my career, I have focused on empowering teachers, principals, and leaders so that they can support their students in the best ways possible, and I’m excited to join a district that shares that commitment through their mission. Making a difference for the students of Canal Winchester is what it's all about!”

Canal Winchester Board Members approved hiring Mr. Lautenschleger at a special meeting on July 28. His hiring is the final piece in restructuring administrative roles in the district following Superintendent Jim Sotlar’s resignation and the appointment of Assistant Superintendent Kiya Hunt to that role.

Mr. Lautenschleger fills the position of Ms. Cyndi Toledo, who is now the Director of Human Resources for the district, taking on many of the personnel and hiring responsibilities previously performed by the assistant superintendent. He will be joined on the Curriculum team by Ms. Deb Finck, Director of Curriculum, Secondary, and Mr. William Whitlach, Director of Curriculum, Data and Assessment.

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