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Principal Dawn McCloud [email protected]

Dawn McCloud is a dedicated and visionary educational leader.  Education has always been at the core of Dawn’s journey. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University. 

Prior to coming to Licking Heights, Mrs. McCloud spent her entire teaching and administrative career in Reynoldsburg City Schools. Her teaching career started as a long-term substitute, she taught 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at Hannah J. Ashton Middle School, and then was an instructional coach for middle level buildings. Her administrative career began as the principal of the Health Sciences and Human Services STEM Academy where she empowered students to be active participants in their own education through problem-based learning initiatives where students applied their knowledge to real-world problems. She was the Waggoner Road Middle School principal where she developed pathways to connect middle school learning to high school career pathways. She also spent two years as a district office administrator supporting deeper learning initiatives, to include: standards-based equitable grading practices and performance-based assessments. 

Her extensive academic background, combined with her years of experience in various educational roles, has equipped her with a deep understanding of the educational landscape and the ability to implement innovative strategies that drive student success. 

Assistant Principal David Moore [email protected]

Mr. David Moore is a native of Newark, Ohio and has been a resident of Licking County the majority of his life. He comes to Licking Heights with more than 20 years of classroom experience. He has taught in Newark City Schools, Beaufort County Schools, and Licking Valley Local Schools. In 2010, he became the Dean of Students and later held the positions of Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Mount Gilead High School. 

Mr. Moore’s mission is to inspire students to achieve personal excellence and be self-directed, lifelong learners. Mr. Moore works diligently to accomplish this every day through strong personal relationships and a commitment to help every student find their path. He works collaboratively to honor the traditions and enrich the experiences for everyone at Licking Heights High School. 

Assistant Principal Michael Shipton [email protected]

Mr. Michael Shipton attended Youngstown State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early and middle childhood education. He completed his graduate degree through the University of Dayton in educational leadership in 2005. Mr. Shipton holds licensures as a Principal for PK-12 grade and as an elementary teacher 1-8 grade. 

Mr. Shipton joined the district's administrative team in 2014, serving at West Elementary. Prior to coming to Licking Heights, Mr. Shipton was an assistant principal in the Reynoldsburg City School District, where his school was awarded two distinguished designations from the Ohio Department of Education, a “School of Promise” and a “High Achieving School of Honor.” He has taught elementary and middle school for Reynoldsburg City Schools and Columbus City Schools. Mr. Shipton has over 20 years of experience in the public school setting as an educator and administrator.

Assistant Principal Micah Tomlin, Ed.D. [email protected]
Dr. Micah Tomlin grew up in the central Ohio area and went to The University of Akron and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education. She moved back to central Ohio and began teaching in Lancaster and Newark while working on her masters degree in education administration from The Ohio State University. 

After relocating to the Dallas, Texas area, Dr. Tomlin held various positions within schools including reading specialist, instructional coach, testing coordinator, and an elementary and high school administrator. 

Dr.Tomlin relocated back to central Ohio to be closer to family and served as an assistant principal and middle school principal in Reynoldsburg. Dr. Tomlin graduated from Northeastern University in April 2022 with a Doctor of Education degree. Her studies focused on teacher collaboration and maximizing student achievement. 

Dr. Tomlin is very excited to serve the community of Licking Heights and is looking forward to building relationships with students and families.
Dean of Students, Tyler Hennen [email protected]
Mr. Tyler Hennen began his career as a physical science teacher. Since teaching at Licking Heights, he has also served as the eighth grade baseball coach, varsity boys golf coach and assistant baseball coach. He is currently the coach of the varsity baseball team. As the Dean of Students, Mr. Hennen oversees the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) program. Our goal is to recognize students that are acting positively to benefit themselves, their fellow classmates, and the Licking Heights community. 
Mr. Hennen is originally from New Concord, Ohio where he graduated from John Glenn High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and acquired his teaching license in science and mathematics. He completed his student teaching in Grahamstown, South Africa. Mr. Hennen is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati.  
Instructional Materials

Any person or group, having a legitimate interest in the operations of Licking Heights Local Schools, has the right to present a request, suggestion, or complaint concerning the educational program or the operations of the district. Requests must be put in writing and should be initially addressed to the building principal. Members of the public may also inspect instruction materials by requesting an appointment with the building principal. If the request, suggestion, or complaint relates to instructional materials such as books, textbooks, or other instructional aids used in the District, the information should include author, title, and sections objected to. This information will be forwarded to the district office and reviewed by an administrative committee.

Licking Heights Local School District

6539 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-6926 | F: 740-927-9043

Licking Heights High School (9-12)

4101 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-964-9005 | F: 740-927-0508

Licking Heights Middle School (7-8)

4000 Mink Street Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-9046 | F: 740-927-3197

Central Intermediate (5-6)

6565 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-3365 | F: 740-927-5845

South Elementary (1-4)

6623 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-964-1674 | F: 740-964-1625

West Elementary (1-4)

1490 Climbing Fig Blacklick, OH 43004
P: 614-864-9089 | F: 614-501-4672

North Elementary (K)

6507 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-3268 | F: 740-927-5736

Central Preschool

6565 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: (740) 927-3268

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