Westlake City Schools hires new principal at Lee Burneson

Westlake City Schools has announced the appointment of Kristina Yako as principal of Lee Burneson Middle School. Yako will replace Amanda Musselman who is taking over as the director of academics K-6.

Yako received her middle school teaching license from Ashland University and principal license along with a master's degree from Baldwin Wallace University. She previously served as the assistant principal at Cloverleaf Middle School in Seville, Ohio, where she helped the school earn the 2020 National Middle Schools to Watch award.

Dedicated to the middle grade student, Yako comes to Westlake with extensive experience having taught students in grades fifth, sixth and seventh in all four core content areas. An innovative and passionate leader, Yako is known for building genuine connections with students, staff and parents. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators where she serves on both the Middle School Committee and Women in Leadership Committee.

"We are very excited to have Mrs. Yako join the Westlake family as principal of Lee Burneson Middle School," said Scott Goggin, Westlake City Schools superintendent. "Mrs. Yako's administration experience and innovative approach to teaching makes her the perfect addition to help educate our students for excellence."

Yako and her husband Mike, who is a sophomore theology teacher at St. Edward High School, have three children: Max (10), Sophia (7) and Will (5). Outside of school Yako likes to garden, read, run and cheer on the Cleveland Indians.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.21.2020