The Avon Board of Education voted unanimously during a special meeting Feb. 29 to approve a three-year contract for Colleen Mudore to become the new principal at the Avon Early Learning Center (AELC). The building houses the district’s kindergartners and Educational Service Center of Lorain County’s Soaring Little Eagles Preschool program.
Current AELC Principal, Yolanda Little, is retiring at the end of the school year.
Mudore, an Avon resident, is currently an assistant principal within the Firelands Local Schools. Past experience includes serving as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the Westlake City Schools, as well as teaching math, social studies, language arts and working as an intervention specialist in Westlake. She is also an adjunct professor at Kent State University instructing future early childhood education teachers.
“We built a profile with the staff of teachers in the building of what they would like to see in their next leader,” said Mike Laub, Avon Local Schools superintendent. “Colleen was clearly top to bottom what they were looking for in a principal/leader. Colleen is a good person, hard-worker and truly cares about kids. She brings a wide-array of experience to the position and will be a good fit for the district.”
According to Laub, the district received 45 applications for the principal position. Over a two-month period, applicants were screened and the finalists were interviewed by a committee consisting of district administrators, AELC teachers, additional AELC building staff members and parents.
“I am excited and honored to be part of this amazing school district,” said Mudore. “My children attend school in Avon and I can’t think of a better place to work. We moved our family to Avon for the great schools, so to now be part of that school community and culture as an administrator, is a dream come true. I look forward to continue to bring the Early Learning Center staff together and further enhance the communication between staff, parents and the community. For many parents, this is their first opportunity to be involved with the Avon Schools. I want everyone to feel welcome. We are here to do what is best for kids. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to the first day of school.”
Mudore obtained her administrative licensure from Ursuline College, her master’s in elementary education from Marygrove College and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University. She holds a special education license (grades K-12) and elementary education license (grades 1-8).