‘Hamilton guy’ to become principal at one of district’s largest schools

One of the largest schools in the Hamilton school system will soon be led by a self-described “Hamilton guy.”

Matt Schermer, who is assistant principal at Hamilton High School and a native of the city, will take over the leadership of Garfield Middle School at the end of the school year.

But Schermer is already prepping for the job of overseeing the school’s seventh and eighth grades and 860 students, who come from the city’s eastern neighborhoods.

“I have sort of hybrid background,” said Schermer in describing his youth and grade-school days.

He attended Hamilton Public Schools but later graduated from the city’s Catholic Badin High School. Hired by the city schools in 2004 as a social studies teacher at Hamilton Freshman School, he became assistant principal at the high school in 2014.

Leading his own school has long been a passion, he said.

“Having the opportunity to lead a large (student) population like Garfield … that’s where my heart is. It’s an opportunity to bring that community piece in and to bring ownership for the students to learn, those are important to me,” said Schermer.

Schermer’s promotion was approved by the Hamilton school board in March, and he will make $106,000 annually.

Hamilton High School Principal John Wilhelm has worked with Schermer for years and said he is ready to jump into the top school building job.

“Matt has been a key contributor of our building’s academic growth since he stepped on campus as an assistant principal in the fall of 2014. Through his instructional leadership our building has aligned curriculum and sequencing of programs,” said Wilhelm.

“And through his security knowledge our building has added increased measures to keep students safe. Through his mentorship, students have gained a better perspective and understanding of life,” he said.

Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mike Holbrook said Schermer stood out among candidates for the Garfield principal’s position.

“Through the rigorous interview process, Matt shined above all others,” said Holbrook. “I am thrilled with the background training, leadership and experience that Matt will bring to the job.”

Schermer replaces Brandon Stanfil, who had led Garfield for seven years.

Stanfil will stay with Hamilton Schools as head of student services beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

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