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Board Names Next Principals for McCormick and Seipelt

Posted on: April 20, 2018
Lewis, House and Willson

At its April meeting, the Milford Board of Education approved the recommendations to hire a new principal for both Seipelt and McCormick Elementary Schools.

Melissa Lewis will serve as the next principal of Charles L. Seipelt. Ms. Lewis graduated from Xavier University with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She earned a Masters degree in Literacy from Benedictine University followed by a second Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from North Central College.

Ms. Lewis was a second-grade teacher in Illinois for eight years, served two years as a student services coordinator, two years as an assistant elementary school principal, and has been the principal of an elementary school in Yorkville, Illinois for the past three years. 

“Melissa’s experiences and her passion for literacy and the importance of positive school culture will make her the next outstanding leader of Charles L. Seipelt Elementary,” shared Nancy House, Milford Superintendent.

The Board also named Mr. Tom Willson as the next principal of McCormick Elementary. Mr. Willson has served the district as one of the high school assistant principals for the past 11  years. During his time at the high school he has enhanced programming for students in a variety of programs including the Success Academy and Autism Behavior Unit. He is also led the high school’s Advanced Placement program and through his efforts the AP program has expanded in offerings and students who participate in the program. Milford High School has been recognized as one of only 447 Districts in the nation to appear on CollegeBoard's National AP District Honor Roll.

Prior to serving as assistant principal at Milford High School, Mr. Willson was a math teacher for five years at the high school. Mr. Willson lives in the district and his daughters are McCormick students, one in sixth grade, and one in fourth grade.

“Mr. Willson builds strong collaborative relationships with parents and has always been a student advocate and tremendous role model,” Mrs. House said.

Mr. Willson graduated with a degree in Mathematics with a secondary education certificate from DePauw University.  He then earned his Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati and his Superintendent Licensure from Xavier University.

“My experience with McCormick as an educator and a parent has made a lasting impression on me. It is refreshing to see students with so much excitement for learning and a staff that provides positive educational experiences,” said Tom Willson.