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New Liberty Elementary Principal

At the June 7, 2022 North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education meeting, Amanda Zapotechne was approved to become the next principal at Liberty Elementary.    

Zapotechne replaces Mitch Heffron, who was the principal at Liberty Elementary for five years and was recently hired to become the associate principal at the North Ridgeville Academic Center.

Since 2018, Amanda has been an assistant principal at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Prior to her hiring at CMSD, she was a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Avon Middle School for three years.

Amanda spent time as an educator in New York City with her first teaching position as a seventh-grade language arts teacher at I.S. 141 Steinway Middle School for two years. She was an education coordinator at Generation Ready for one year and a fifth-grade teacher at P.S. 189 for one year.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science from The University of Akron in middle-level education with a focus in language arts and mathematics. She earned her master’s in educational leadership from Bowling Green State University.

“Ms. Zapotechne was the ideal candidate for the position with her experience in diverse educational settings as well as her accomplishments as a teacher and an assistant principal,” Board of Education President Frank Vacha said. “We are thrilled to have her as part of the North Ridgeville City Schools team and I look forward to working with her to fulfill the mission, vision, and core values of the district.”  

Amanda was at the June 7, 2022 Board of Education meeting and addressed the board, district administration, and the public about the chance to work for NRCS.

“I want to thank all of you for this amazing opportunity. I am so honored to be joining the North Ridgeville City School District and I am excited to be a part of such an innovative and collaborative team. I am looking forward to getting to know all the staff, students, and families, and learning how we can best support the academic, social, and emotional development of all of our students.”