Leadership Team

Assistant Superintendent, Dave Pilati
Assistant Superintendent Dave Pilati

Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Dave Pilati believes this is the mindset educators must foster in all students. As Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Dave’s focus is to ensure all North Canton educators are provided with the necessary support through professional development, programming, and resources, to ensure that all students reach their fullest potential.

Dave has been a Stark County educator since 1992, serving as a math teacher in both the Minerva and Plain Local districts, an assistant principal and district curriculum director in Plain Local, and most recently as a consultant for the Stark County Educational Service Center. He says he is, “both honored and thrilled to be a Viking and to be part of a district that has a long-standing tradition of excellence and pride due to hardworking educators and students combined with wonderful support from its parents and community.”

Dave Pilati
Assistant Superintendent
(330) 497-5600 
Treasurer, Todd Tolson
Treasurer Todd Tolson Awards for the work of North Canton City Schools aren’t limited to the excellent teachers and programs in the district. Treasurer Todd is the proud recipient of the Ohio Auditor of State Award for exemplary school financial reporting. With more than half of his career dedicated to the financial service of North Canton school district, Todd brings a blend of experiences to work every day. And he returned to the district where he himself was schooled to give back to the community for his excellent education.

The Hoover alumnus was a member of the 1988 Hoover swim team that was Ohio state runner-up, and a member of the 200 medley relay team that was the fastest public school team in the nation.
Todd Tolson
(330) 497-5600
Director of Business, Todd Henne
Business Manager Todd Henne Todd began his career in the North Canton City Schools as a high school English teacher in 1998. In addition to coaching football and basketball for the Vikings, Todd also earned his National Board Certification in the English Language Arts. In 2004 he became an Associate Principal at Hoover High School.

Todd serves as the Director of Business for the NCCS, a position he has held since 2012. He is responsible for the physical structures and the performance of services that make them good learning environments. He has oversight of maintenance, custodial, food service, transportation, district registration, buildings and grounds, purchasing and district rental agreements, and is the school district’s safety director.
Todd earned bachelor's degrees from Edinboro University and the University of Akron as well as master's degrees in curriculum/instruction and educational administration from Ashland University. He and his wife reside in North Canton with their three children.

Todd Henne
Director of Business
(330) 497-5600
Director of Technology, Kim Nidy
Director of Technology Kim Nidy
Before coming to the district office as an Innovation Specialist, Director of Instruction, and now as Director of Technology, Kim spent 20 years in the classrooms of North Canton Hoover High School. This does not count the years she spent here as a student! Kim's passion for teaching and active learning, as well as her vision for the integration of technology as a learning tool in the classroom were driving factors in the district's $4.6M Straight A Fund grant award from the Ohio Department of Education in 2013.  
With a master's degree in educational leadership, Kim is also a graduate of the 29th Class of Leadership Stark County and serves on Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio's Executive Board as the Entrepreneurship Chairperson.

Kim and her husband are lifelong residents of North Canton. Two of their children are graduates of North Canton City Schools, and one is currently a student.
Kimberly Nidy
Director of Technology
Director of Special Services, John Welch
Special Services Director John Welch

It takes special people to work in special education and John is among the most special. He coordinates more than 500 special education students and a staff of more than 100. John says his goal is to ensure our full spectrum of services is being delivered to all students, particularly those with special needs, so that all students are showing personal growth and achieving.

John manages the budget, serves the District Leadership Team, works as a Response to Intervention member, and oversees homeless student needs and preschool students with disabilities. He also coordinates professional development, planning and coordination of inclusionary models, and development of special delivery models.

John received his bachelor's degree from Mount Union and his Masters from Ashland University in Administration. In addition to his license in Pupil Services Administration, he holds his principal licenses for elementary, middle and high school along with a superintendent license. 

John Welch
Director of Special Services
(330) 497-5665
Director of Instruction, Michelle Hostetler
Curriculum Director Michelle Hostetler With a strong desire to serve others and a passion for literacy, Michelle brings 26 years of education experience to North Canton City Schools. As a director of instruction, she is anxious to help students and staff continue to improve and achieve.

As a classroom teacher for 16 years, Michelle understands the needs of students as well as the importance of professional growth for teachers. Working as a literacy coach for five years, and most recently as an ELA consultant for the Stark County ESC, Michelle has much experience in working with and providing growth opportunities for teachers. She enjoys actively listening to their concerns while discerning how she can best help them achieve their goals. It is this desire to serve and help others that has brought Michelle to North Canton City Schools.

With a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, Michelle is excited to work with an already successful staff to help them strengthen their skills even more.

Michelle Hostetler
Director of Instruction
(330) 497-5600
District Testing Coordinator, Janet Peare
janet peare
As district testing coordinator, Mrs. Peare oversees the coordination, scheduling, data uploads and downloads, and logistics pertaining to the administration of all state testing within the district. Additionally, she also is responsible for performing the same tasks for all district diagnostic testing, which helps monitor student growth and provides teachers with valuable data to help them plan their instruction and intervention for all students. Mrs. Peare also serves as the director of the district's pre-school program at the Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center.
Janet Peare
District Testing Coordinator
Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Denise Cooley
Coordinator of the Gifted Program Denise Cooley

Denise Cooley joins the North Canton City School District this year as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Mrs. Cooley has served as Gifted Coordinator, Grant Writer and Professional Development AIR ELA Leader at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center since 2015. Prior to that time, she taught eighth-grade reading at Indian Valley Middle School. She has been an active member of the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, the Ohio Department of Education Model Curriculum Committee and the Ohio Department of Education ELA AIR Content Advisory Committee. Mrs. Cooley has received a number of grants in her career, including a 21st Century Grant for $150,000 to provide after-school programming to students who are economically disadvantaged and showed a need for tutoring in reading and mathematics.

Denise Cooley
Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services

(330) 497-5600
Athletic Director, Tim Walker
Athletic Director Tim Walker
Impacting lives through athletics has served as a driving passion for most of Tim Walker's professional career. After spending 15 years as a college coach, faculty member and administrator, Walker was chosen to lead the athletic department at Hoover High School in the summer of 2016. In addition to his work in intercollegiate athletics, Walker has had two separate stints in the private business sector.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve the North Canton School district through this position in athletics,” said Walker. “My wife and I have been residents of North Canton for six years and our children are part of the district, so we have seen firsthand the quality of education in North Canton. I have spent most of my professional career in athletics and I am excited to see how I can use those experiences to help advance the great tradition of Hoover athletics. I am thrilled to be joining such a great team of coaches and administrators."
Tim Walker
Athletic Director
(330) 497-5600

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