Mr. Thaddeus Fields, Principal
As the school year has taken off, I have found that I’m already inundated with day-to-day tasks and have not gotten the opportunity to introduce myself to many of the parents of MCHS students and the community members of Woodsfield and surrounding areas. As this journey begins, I am pleased to know that all of you will get to know me more just as I get to know you more. However, I’d like to take some time to give you some background on who I am and why I have chosen to be a part of the Switzerland of Ohio School District.
I would like to think of this post as a snapshot of my personal and professional life and am so very appreciative that you have taken the time to get to know me. But first, I would like to introduce you to the people who have made me who I am and give you some insight to who I am beyond the professional elements. My wife, Sally, and I have been married for thirteen years. We have three beautiful children: Jordyn, age seven, Elias, age four and Kaylyn, age two. We lived in our Morgan County home for the past twelve years but have recently moved to a lovely home in New Lexington. Sally has been teaching for the past twelve years at Crooksville Village Schools. She is an amazing first grade teacher and enjoys her job immensely. Jordyn, who is in second grade at Crooksville, loves learning and claims she wants to be a pharmaceutical scientist one day. She says, "I want to create a cure for daddy's allergies so we can have a cat... and I want to figure out how to turn my best friend into a cat because she really wants to be one". Elias is in preschool at Crooksville and works really hard on his IEP speech goals. He loves John Deere tractors, music and anything that is related to the farm. He’s also a huge Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. Kaylyn, who insists her name is "Kay-Kay", is our child with the big personality! She can make you feel more loved and appreciated in one moment and throw a fit that rattles the house in another. She is in her first year at the Crooksville preschool where she gets to go to class with her brother. In respect to Alycia Joelle, our fourth child, I will simply share with you that she passed prior to birth, shortly before her due date earlier this year. We miss her greatly and have planted a memory tree at our new home. We still plan on having another child in the next couple of years. Yes, we love teaching children and love being parents. My family is the foundation of everything I do and I am so proud that I get to share them with you.
Before we get into the other details of who I am, I will share a little bit of my own background. When I was the age of five my family fell on hard financial times. We lost our home, our vehicles and all our savings. My family went to live with my grandma while my dad and mom went to college. Their idea was that education would be the medium through which they would be able to get us "back on our feet". My mother earned her bachelor's degree and teaching license in four years. My father earned two separate bachelor's degrees and teaching license during those four years as well. Of this, we are very proud. My parents both taught at Crooksville Village Schools and made sure that I gained a great appreciation for education and a strong work ethic.
As I started my educational journey, Sally became my strongest supporter and motivated me to focus on our future and become the educator that I am today. For two years I worked as an education aide and tutor for a 21st Century After-School Program. After this, I served for two years as the director of the R.E.A.C.H Program for student retention and success through the Zanesville Civic League. Next, I taught for six years at Morgan Local schools. This past year I served as an assistant principal at the Ewing School for students with developmental disabilities. It was during this time I was able to work with Larry Koslik and get insight into SOLSD. The more I talked with Mr. Koslik, the more I wanted to come back to the public school environment. Ewing was a great experience for me and I truly enjoyed that chapter of my career.
Once the summer of 2016 came, I began reflecting on where I was and where I wanted to go. With much prayer and thought, I decided that I would look for a principal’s position in a public school. When the Monroe Central High School job came available I knew that it would be a wonderful place where I could make an impact and enjoy my work. Monroe Central High has not disappointed. The students are great. The teachers are caring. The parents are involved. The supporting staff members are invested in student and teacher success. I’m very proud of this organization and happy to be on board. Throughout the year I hope everyone gets a chance to share the passion they have for this amazing school. I am always available and am committed to seeing us be a success. Thanks for taking the time to read this and getting to know me. I hope to see you soon.