Kerri Gearhart, the new superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, started her job Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Gearhart was the principal at Edgerton Elementary School.
“I said I would get the (2012-13) school year kicked off” at Edgerton, she said.
Gearhart is a lifelong resident of Edon, graduating from Edon High School in 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Ohio Northern University in 1989, and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision in 1996 from the University of Toledo.
She received a principal license from UT, and a superintendent license from Bowling Green State University.
Her career started in Williams County schools, working with behaviorally handicapped students from 1989 until 1995. The next two years were spent working with students with learning disabilities at Edgerton.
She then took a job with the NWOESC as a special education supervisor. She was promoted to Director of Special Education in 2006.
Gearhart left the job to become the Edgerton principal in July 2011.
Gearhart said one of the big factors in taking the new job “was I really felt I was ready to return to my roots” in special education.
“I had worked with them for so many years. I knew they were a high-quality organization and staff.”