June 7, 2022: The Mentor Board of Education is pleased to announce Mr. Craig Heath has accepted the offer to become superintendent of Mentor Public Schools, and the Board looks to formally appoint him at June’s regularly scheduled meeting. Mr. Heath would then officially begin as superintendent on August 1, 2022.
“The Board greatly appreciates the input provided by our stakeholders during the superintendent search process, and we are confident we found the best candidate for the job,” says Mentor Board of Education President Mary Bryner. “It is clear, Mr. Heath has a passion for public education and has demonstrated extremely strong leadership skills throughout his career. A philosophy that ‘every child has their own unique gifts and talents and the mission of any school district should be to identify and develop those talents through world-class instruction, authentic learning experiences and innovative programming that meets the interests of each student’ drives his decision-making, and the board believes this is a perfect fit for leading our team of dynamic educators.”
Mr. Heath has an array of great work experience in other prestigious Ohio school districts. He is currently the assistant superintendent in Delaware City Schools and prior to that served in administrative director roles in both Dublin and Hilliard Schools. Those roles were Director of Secondary Education and Director of Data and Assessment (in Dublin) and Director of Assessment and Research (in Hilliard). He also worked as a school principal. Before moving into administration, Mr. Heath worked as a Spanish teacher, including starting his career in Mentor at Lake Catholic High School. Also, Mr. Heath’s current district is a partner of Mentor Schools through the Ohio Blended Collaborative, which is a network of schools working together toward a more personalized approach to teaching and learning to better meet the needs of children.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the superintendent of Mentor Public Schools,” Mr. Heath says. “The high expectations that are an obvious part of the Mentor community mirror my own values, and I cannot wait to get to work in this high-caliber, innovative school district. I look forward to connecting with the community – and our students and staff – as we work together to ensure Mentor Schools continues to be a place for every child to learn and grow.”
Mr. Heath and his wife, Kathy, are looking forward to relocating to our community. The Heaths have two adult-aged sons and are excited to move near family members who live in the area. Mr. Heath grew up in Northeast Ohio and he is a graduate of Perry High School. After graduating from Kent State University with his teaching degree, Mr. Heath went on to earn his Master’s in Educational Administration and Superintendent Certification from The Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing his Educational Doctorate in Educational Administration from Ohio State as well.