BW Alumni are employed as principals, assistant and associate principals, and other leadership positions in many area school districts, including:
- Cleveland Metropolitan
- Copley Fairlawn Schools
- Cuyahoga Heights
- Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
- Garfield Heights
- Highland Local
- Medina City
- Nordonia Hills
- North Olmsted
- North Royalton
- Olmsted Falls
- Sterling Education Center
School Leadership - Success Stories
Principal, Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School
Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Baldwin Wallace provided the opportunity for me to gain the skills and knowledge base necessary for my principalship. BW has an outstanding reputation for dedicated professors and academic rigor. There is a strong emphasis and commitment to teaching and learning, united with a focus on student success. All my professors focused on scientifically based research practices in instructional leadership, and took a genuine interest in providing opportunities for growth in leadership, learning and success. Both of my administrative internships proved to be invaluable practical experiences that provided great insight to administration. That, coupled with the opportunity to examine and study best practices in administration, unquestionably helped me develop a solid leadership approach as an instructional leader who can guide significant change. Most importantly, my ambition was to gain a clear understanding of specific leadership practices that make a positive difference in school and student achievement. Successfully completing the School Leadership Program at BW helped me to achieve that goal.
Principal, Sterling Education Center
I would recommend this program to anyone who is aspiring to become a principal. Dr. Joseph Hruby, Director of the MAEd Program at Baldwin Wallace, puts tremendous effort into creating a fantastic program. One of the first things that attracted me to the School Leadership Program was the relevance of the faculty. It is vital to have professors who have spent many years as teachers, principals and superintendents in school districts around this area. In fact, we even had some instructors who were currently serving as superintendents, allowing us to see perspectives from individuals who were living it every day and building relationships with people that could hire us later on in our careers. I was also attracted by the internship hours that are built into the program, which meant when I graduated I was able to apply for my administrative license right away. One of the major factors that allowed me to enhance my leadership skills was the power of our cohort. I started BW's program with a cohort of students who remained together for over two years. During this time, we built great relationships personally and professionally. Since graduating from BW's School Leadership Program and becoming a principal, I have been able to tap into these individuals to help me with issues and topics that have arisen.
Athletic Director, Brunswick City Schools
The education I received at BW has been invaluable in my professional success. Baldwin Wallace exhibits continuing dedication with the purpose of delivering the best quality education. There is a great atmosphere on campus that encouraged me to achieve my goals. I was interested in the School Leadership Program at BW because I wanted to become a school administrator. I earned my bachelor's degree from BW and had complete confidence in the undergraduate program at BW ... this made the choice easy for me when I was considering a Master's program. Baldwin Wallace University has a top-notch School Leadership Program which has allowed me to become a better administrator and leader.
Principal, Hinkley Elementary School, Highland Local Schools
The School Leadership Program at Baldwin Wallace provided a convenient and relevant environment for obtaining my Master's degree. I was part of a group of teachers who were enrolled in the School Leadership Program as a cohort. Having a consistent cohort of professionals on the journey with me allowed for the group to get to know one another and learn how different districts handle situations. During my coursework at Baldwin Wallace, I was put into learning situations that involved curriculum development, special education, discipline, and professional development. I found these challenges in BW's School Leadership Program assisted me greatly in my first few years as a principal.
Principal, Olmsted Falls High School
Olmsted Falls, OH
I researched various programs in the Cleveland area and I was drawn to the cohort aspect of BW's School Leadership Program. I was able to take classes off campus, meet colleagues in surrounding districts, and receive a price break on the tuition due to the BW School Partnership Program with various school districts. I really liked the small class size, cohort atmosphere, and teaching credentials of the faculty. I cannot stress enough the importance of the collaborative nature of the program and the willingness of the faculty to provide "real-world" examples. The importance of location cannot be understated as well. Working a full-time job while attending school at night is hard enough without having to travel far to take classes. BW's School Leadership Program allowed for self-reflection as well as the ability to learn best practices in the area of administration.
Jason A. Niedermeyer
Principal, Roehm Middle School, Berea City Schools
I was drawn to the School Leadership Program at Baldwin Wallace by its rich tradition in creating excellent school leaders. In researching various programs, I found that BW employed practicing administrators who would bring their real-life experiences to the classroom. Learning from superintendents, principals, and curriculum directors - all entrenched in the world of education and administration - provided me a vision of what was to come, and a greater understanding of what is really expected as a middle school principal. BW’s focus on curriculum and instruction helped me understand the importance of learning and student achievement, which shaped the type of leader that I have become -- an instructional leader instead of a school manager. The School Leadership Program taught me the importance of striving to reach high levels of performance related to standards. From expertise in curriculum to a sound understanding of school law, this program prepared me for success in my current position as a middle school principal. I created great relationships with others in my cohort, and built a strong professional network. Nearly everyone in my cohort is now a practicing administrator.
Principal, Spruce Elementary School, North Olmsted City Schools
North Olmsted, OH
As a teacher, I was passionate about educating children and developing meaningful relationships with students and their families. My aspirations to become a principal were led by the desire to have an impact on more children and to make a difference in their lives. I wanted to work on my administrative license while I was teaching full time. I chose BW's School Leadership Program because of the school’s location and the relationship BW has with my school district. The classes at BW were small and I was able to develop a professional relationship with all of my professors. I felt as if they knew me personally and had my best interests in mind. One of the components that I liked best about the program was visiting buildings in the various local school districts where students in our class were employed. It gave us opportunities to see what else was out there and learn how different leaders implemented ideas and initiatives. This was instrumental in helping me to create my own vision for what I wanted "my building" to look like when I became a principal. I am in my third year as a principal, and there have been many areas that I felt prepared for and some that had to simply be experienced. Each day is a new day and brings with it something new ... and I'm confident that I have the ability to be the leader that Baldwin Wallace helped me to become.