"Mrs. Schwanke is the best principal in the world. She makes things right in the school. She makes great choices and she works SO HARD!" Jaci C. 2nd grade student
"I am so grateful for the climate, professionalism, and warmth Jen has established at our school. She makes me want to be a better educator"Mrs. G, Teacher
"I send my son to school every day with a smile on his face thanks to the atmosphere Mrs. Schwanke has created. We are thankful for her leadership, compassion, and warmth. She has made this place amazing!"Mrs. K, Parent
"Without hesitation, Jen is at the pinnacle of the many administrators and leaders I have worked with over three decades. Brimming with common sense, a sense of humor and an insatiable drive to see students be successful, Mrs. Schwanke makes every organization better by the multitude of skills and talents she brings to any endeavor she takes part in." Tracey Miller, Former Deputy Superintendent, Dublin City Schools
"Jennifer Schwanke has the two critical pieces to lead in a school setting. She is an expert instructional leader and can connect with adults to form lasting relationships that ultimately improve learning for students." Gale Marsh, Executive Director of Human Resources, Dublin City Schools
"Jen Schwanke exemplifies an instructional leader. She has partnered with the Department of Academics and Student Learning in a variety of curriculum-related initiatives over her time in Dublin. Her energy and consistent focus on student learning is impressive. She brings joy to the work that can lift a room when the work is hard. She has an ability to support her colleagues through the many different roles demanded of a principal. She is able to have crucial conversations that result in a positive outcome for students in her care." Jill Reinhart, Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12, Dublin City Schools


  • Dr. Tracey Deagle, Deputy Superintendent, Dublin City Schools

  • Dr. Dustin Miller, The Ohio State University

  • Mr. Rick Weininger, Board of Education, Dublin City Schools

  • Mr. Stu Harris, Board of Education, Dublin City Schools

  • Mrs. Jill Reinhart, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dublin City Schools

  • Mr. Gale Marsh, Executive Director of Human Resources, Dublin City Schools

  • Julie Davis, President, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators

  • Tim Freeman, President, Ohio Association of Secondary School Educators

  • Susan Hills, Acquisitions Editor, ASCD

Jennifer Schwanke

137 South Riverview Street

Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 306 - 8937


Indian Run Elementary School / Principal

August 2015 – Present, Dublin City Schools (Dublin, Ohio)

Scottish Corners Elementary School / Principal

March 2010 – August 2015, Dublin City Schools (Dublin, Ohio)

Karrer Middle School / Assistant Principal

August 2008 – March 2010, Dublin City Schools (Dublin, Ohio)

Sells Middle School / Assistant Principal

August 2004 – August 2007, Dublin City Schools (Dublin, Ohio)

Teaching experience

Seventh grade language arts (Triway Junior High, Karrer Middle School, and Sells Middle School)

Summer school sophomore English (Coffman High School and Scioto High School)

Coaching experience

Track, cross-country, and basketball (Triway Local Schools, Karrer Middle School, Scioto High School,)

Professional Publications, Presentations, & Service

Author / ASCD

You’re the Principal! Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders (ASCD, August 2016)

The Principal ReBoot (ASCD, March 2020)

Contributing Writer / Various Publications

Choice Literacy

Education Week

Education Week Teacher

Lead Literacy


Principal Navigator

Graduate Instructor / Miami University

2015 – Present

School Law; Community, School Partnerships; and Curriculum Development for Instruction

Presenter & Clinician / Various Organizations



RRCNA Battelle for Kids


Ashland University / Superintendent’s License

January 2012 – January 2013

Ashland University / Licensure in Educational Administration

June 2002 – June 2003

University of Akron / Master of Arts in Secondary Education

June 1996 – June 1998

Allegheny College / Bachelor of Arts in English / Minors in Psychology and Creative Writing

August 1993 – June 1995

Experiences & Skills

Continuous Improvement

Instructional Leadership

School Operations, Resources, and Learning Environment


Parent and Community Engagement

Continuous Improvement

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and communicate a shared school vision and instructional goals

  • Provide resources for teachers, parents, and students to engage in the school and district community

  • Collaboratively develop and communicate a shared school vision, including revamping motto, logo, and marketing strategies

  • Serve on numerous district committees and outreach programs, such as Master Planning, Innovation Grant Committee, Gifted Task Force, Leadership Dublin, District Data Team

  • Utilize various data sources to plan, implement, and oversee improvement initiatives, including academics (MAP, DRA, DSI, KRA, RIMP, and classroom formative assessment data), student behaviors (PBIS, CPI, PSW), student engagement (Panorama, attendance, RTI), and parent engagement (surveys, social media engagement, home-to-school communication outreach), enrollment and attendance (FutureThink, demographic data)

  • Initiate school-wide initiatives to foster a sense of belonging, such as an all- school writing project

Instructional Leadership

  • Lead ongoing professional development in the articulation of academic standards, including implementation of curriculum, instruction, assessments, and allocation of resources

  • Collaborate with instructional coaches and district leadership to address instructional issues and challenges

  • Provide decision-making and programming support for student services including English Language learners, special education, Response to Intervention, and intervention

  • Guide teachers in developing, understanding, and implementing a Professional Development Academy to align with district goals

  • Lead ongoing enhancements of our school literacy program by re-allocating staff; providing professional development; working with teachers to identify and place students; monitoring student growth data

  • Facilitate book talks, organize staff training, and work with staff on practical ways to implement literacy in the classroom

  • Utilize OTES rubrics for staff and individual teacher support related to academic standards, resources, literacy and numeracy enrichment and intervention, and implementation of science and social studies workshop model

School Operations, Resources, and Learning Environment

  • Built leadership capacity with staff through Principal’s Leadership Team, Student Learning Team, Safety/Threat Assessment Team

  • Collaborate with Human Resources and the teachers’ association to support and improve performance of struggling teachers and support staff, including writing Improvement plans and overseeing disciplinary processes

  • Supervise classified staff, including paraprofessionals, custodial staff, and kitchen staff to enhance efficiency and experiences of students, parents, and teachers

  • Re-vamped bus drop-off and pick-up systems, vastly reducing traffic problems and time students spend in transition

  • Responsible for the hiring and supervision of new staff, including certified, classified, and administrative staff

  • Utilize data related to facilities, enrollment, human resources, and transportation to solve overcrowding challenges and develop systems for managing student transitions

  • Achieve consistently high results on Panorama staff survey with particular strengths in the areas of school climate and staff support

  • Re-organized school “Walkthrough” event to manage facility overcrowding and respond to student and parent requests


  • Work collaboratively with district and school departments to solve problems and brainstorm solutions

  • Team with teacher-leader groups to develop student incentive and reward programs aligned with PBIS programming

  • Oversee a School Principal Leadership Team (PLT) for collaboration in all operational decisions (i.e. development of school calendar, protocols for major school events, school culture awareness, developing a two-way communication format)

  • Developed a central Professional Reading Library for staff to share; oversaw staff “Book Review” process for teachers to recommend professional resources to one another

  • Hosted various visitors from around the district and state, including TESOL conference

  • Collaborate with guidance staff, Dublin Police Department, Franklin County Children’s Services, and district administrative staff to navigate complicated issues related to student safety, parental neglect, and social-emotional health

  • Utilize two-way communication with students, parents, teachers, and alumni to launch and re-boot school initiatives

Parent and Community Engagement

  • Work closely with the parent community to plan events, streamline processes, and allocate funds and resources

  • Eliminated all sales-based fundraisers through communication and community buy-in; launched a donations-only fundraising system through one culminating event (Walk-a-Thon)

  • Oversee parent and community outreach platforms, including Key Communicators, Facebook closed group, Twitter, and events such as Fall Family Night, Family Game Night, Fair of Hearts, and a day-long Walkthrough experience

  • Provide consistent, ongoing parent communication related to school overcrowding, including plans for utilizing Sells Middle School and 62 West Bridge for students

  • Led a community book talk and presented at “Be Well;” Hosted EL Family Night, Japanese parent group, and various informational parent events

  • Launched a school wide YouTube channel with daily video announcements and video outreach (i.e. beginning-of-year videos for teachers to introduce themselves to their students, “Thank You Teachers” video, information and updates)

  • Offer a quarterly “Parent University” event for Indian Run parents; topics this year include “School Safety,” “Student Social-emotional Wellness,” and “How to Understand your Child’s Standardized Assessment Reports”

  • Plan and oversee multiple student assemblies in line with guidance or related arts standards (i.e. music, art, P.E., library, technology, and social-emotional health)