The OASSA Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year honor recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have succeeded n providing high quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession.
“I sincerely hope that this award reflects that I have done positive things for kids and families,” Lauver said. “An award should be viewed as an expectation of what the recipient should do in the future. That will weigh heavily on my mind moving forward.”
Selected members of the OASSA Board of Directors serve as the screening committee for applications. WHS Principal Paul Wilson described Lauver as “passionate about his role” and detailed his involvement in a variety of instructional leadership areas, including handbooks, attendance policy, master schedule initiatives, and strategic planning.
Fellow WHS Assistant Principal Bridget Elias praised Lauver’s “exceptional ability to connect with high school students and their families.”
“He is truly vested and surpasses the average administrator in impacting his students’ futures,” Elias wrote in her recommendation. “Mr. Ned Lauver has clearly gone above and beyond his role as an assistant principal, affecting countless families while adjusting plans for students based on individual needs.”
WHS Intervention Specialist Kate O’Leary applauded Lauver’s “passion for students and his commitment to a positive learning community,” saying he goes above and beyond to develop relationships with the at-risk student population.
“He will always participate in conversations and provide out-of-the-box solutions for students who need the extra support,” O’Leary wrote. “Mr. Lauver is fair, flexible and compassionate, and students respond in a positive manner because they know this will always be true.”
Lauver began his career as a Social Studies teacher at Carrollton High School and Wooster High School, where he also coached Speech and Debate. He served as associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Wooster before coming to WHS as assistant principal in 2013.