Bay resident selected as new middle school assistant principal

Thomas Grodek

Thomas Grodek will be the new Bay Middle School assistant principal beginning this fall. The Bay Village Board of Education approved Grodek for the position at its June meeting.

Grodek comes to Bay Middle School from Memorial Middle School in the Mentor Exempted Village School District where he served as assistant principal. In addition to the typical duties of assistant principal, his position allowed him to contribute to a wide number of initiatives as an administrator, including a one-to-one, blended learning initiative and implementation of the PARCC testing technology strategy and schedule.

Prior to his assistant principal position, Grodek served as an instructional coach at Mentor High School, taught middle school mathematics and fourth-grade math and language arts. He served on a wide variety of district committees including a District Technology Committee, Response to Intervention Committee, Building Leadership Team, Energy Conservation Committee and an Anti-Bullying Committee. He also coached middle school football for seven years.

Sean McAndrews, principal of Bay Middle School, said that Grodek was one of more than 160 applicants for the position and went through an exhaustive selection process, including interviews with Bay Middle School teachers, district administrators and board of education members.

“We are excited and pleased to welcome Tom to our administrative team and to Bay Middle School,” McAndrews said. “His background in instructional leadership and technology, and his experience as an assistant middle school principal, will be a valuable resource for us and will insure his success as our assistant principal.”

Grodek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in middle childhood education with concentrations in math and language arts from John Carroll University and a master's degree in educational administration, as well as principal licensure, from Ursuline College.

School board member Bill Selong noted that he had an opportunity to be part of an interview with Grodek. “We were all extremely impressed with Tom, and I think everyone else will be, too,” he said

Grodek and his wife, Kate, live in Bay Village and have a young child. “This is the community we chose to raise our daughter,” said Grodek. “I’ll be working for the benefit of her education, our nieces and nephews and our neighbors. I’m thrilled, and I thank the board for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity.”

He replaces Kevin Jakub, who leaves the position to serve as principal at Independence Middle School.

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