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Canfield schools welcome two new administrators

September 22, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
Following the departure of Kent Polen, who left to become superintendent of Beaver Local Schools, and that of Jo Taylor, who is currently serving as principal of Brookfield High School, Canfield Local Schools recently welcomed two new administrators to the district.

Travis Lavery, who earned an undergraduate degree at Edinboro University and completed his graduate work at Gannon University, currently holds administrative licenses as both a director of curriculum and instruction and as a principal (prekindergarten through 12th grade).

Having previously taught in his hometown at Fairview School district in Fairview, Pa., Lavery has been named principal of C. H. Campbell Elementary School.

“The biggest thing that I’m looking forward to is the day-to-day interaction with the kids,” said Lavery, adding that he feels that as an administrator at the elementary level, he can make a bigger impact on the lives of the students. Were he able to pick any level at which to work, “Elementary all the way,” said Lavery, who added that not only does he feel fortunate to have gotten an elementary position, but even more so to have gotten an elementary position in Canfield.

Newly wed and new to the area, Lavery was ready from day one for the students’ arrival.

“The kids are the fun part,” he said.

Having acquired his degrees and administrative licenses at Youngstown State University and Ashland University, Joe Maroni had served as assistant principal of Boardman Center Middle School for the past eight years, and has joined Canfield Village Middle School as the seventh and eighth grade unit principal.

Additionally, Maroni has served as principal in the Southeast Local School District. As a social studies teacher, he taught in the Poland Local schools prior to becoming an administrator.

Speaking highly of both his past position at Boardman, and new appointment within Canfield, “I had a very good job,” said Maroni, adding, that he also had a very small list of places he would have considered going. Canfield made the list.

Sharing that his plans, in addition to maintaining Canfield’s “Excellence with Distinction,” status, include the possibility of bringing the Boomerang Project’s WEB program to Canfield Village Middle School.

WEB, which according to the Boomerang Project’s website stands for Where Everybody Belongs, is a middle school orientation and transition program that incorporates older student mentors and operates on the belief that students can help students transition successfully into middle school.

Having seen the positive impact of the program, “That’s a big goal for me,” said Maroni, adding that he thinks the program would be a good thing to bring to Canfield.

A native of the Youngstown and Boardman areas, Maroni is married with three children.

Article Photos

Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Travis Lavery, was recently appointed principal of C.H. Campbell Elementary School.

 
 

 

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