Administration Staff - Leading the District to a Stronger Future
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Jeff Wendorf says he is honored to be on board as Superintendent of North Canton City Schools. Named to the position in April of 2016, his objective is to lead and guide NCCS so that all students and staff have the opportunity to excel and learn from the benefits that are associated with quality and successful programs. Commitment, vision, loyalty, honesty, sacrifice, support, and responsibility are what Jeff sees as essential components of successful programs.
With a passion for continuous growth and improvement, Jeff describes his style as that of a servant leader. “Together, we will determine where we need to go,” Wendorf says, “And my role is to empower the team here at North Canton City Schools to be successful in that pursuit of organizational excellence.”
Jeff has been in Stark County since 1985. Prior to coming to NCCS, Jeff was superintendent of Lake Locals Schools for eight years. He also served as principal of Lake High School, and was assistant principal at Lake, Louisville and Marlington High Schools. In addition, Jeff was the Director of Special Services/Special Projects for Lake Local. He also spent many years as a coach, both at the collegiate and high school level.
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.”
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 alum is a great example of Viking Strong in the administration. He 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.
Director of Business
A Viking through and through, Todd parlayed his North Canton City Schools education and experience as a National Board Certified Teacher in the English Language Arts into a career dedicated to the continued improvement of North Canton City Schools.
Todd 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, school buildings and grounds, district rental agreements and purchases, computer hardware and infrastructure, and is the school district’s safety director.
He and his wife are North Canton residents and their three children all attend North Canton City Schools.
Director of Instruction
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.
Director of Instruction
Before coming to the district office as an innovation specialist, and now as a director of instruction, Kim spent over 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.
Kim and her husband are lifelong, Viking Strong, residents of North Canton. Their three children attend North Canton City Schools.
Special Services Director
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.
A relatively recent addition to the Viking Strong team, John manages the budget, serves the District Leadership Team, is 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 bachelors 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.
Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services
Her strong desire to share her 28 years of teaching experience and success helped lead Elaine Barkan to North Canton City Schools. Today, as coordinator of gifted and talented services, Elaine considers working closely with teachers as fulfilling as her many years of working directly with students.
Elaine’s career has spanned four decades, providing her with insights and opportunities that are the foundation for her supervision of the North Canton City Schools programs. She said she feels honored to work for a school district with a reputation for providing courses and programs that are highly successful in readying students, particularly those who are gifted, for life after graduation.
In addition to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Elaine earned her National Board Certification and administrative license.
Curriculum and Instruction/Special Projects
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Linnea has served as an educator for six years, and an administrator for ten. She holds high standards for teaching and learning, and possesses a strong passion for curriculum. This passion has been demonstrated through Linnea’s involvement in developing coursework and assessments for Malone University, as well as her active participation in several presentations and work with the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. Linnea leads, oversees and assists with many projects in the district including North Canton’s Resident Educator program, the “All In” Social Justice Grant, implementation of CARE Teams and Youth Mental Health First Aid, district RtI and Career Connections. She is a graduate of the 21st class of Leadership Stark County and serves on Malone University’s Educator Preparation Program Advisory Board.