Cheryl Brooks Montag has been named Ohio's National Distinguished Principal. She is the daughter of Loran and Joyce Brooks of Canfield. Cheryl is the Principal of J.F. Burns Elementary in the Kings Local School District, a suburb north of Cincinnati.
Montag is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Wright State University with a Masters of Science degree, and she received her Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati. She previously held the position of first- and second-grade teacher at J.F. Burns Elementary before serving as the assistant principal. She has served as principal of J.F. Burns Elementary since 1997.
Montag was principal when J.F. Burns Elementary won the OAESA 2011 Hall of Fame School award, the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, the State Superintendent's School of Distinction award, and received an excellent rating by the Ohio Department of Education for 12 consecutive years. Montag has received numerous awards, including the Walter Horn Partnering for Progress award and Ohio's BEST Practice award, and she was a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation scholar.
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Cheryl Montag is congratulated by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan during a ceremony where Montag was honored as Ohio's National Distinguished Principal.
In October, Montag and her husband traveled to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary educators chosen by each state.