For the Seneca County resident and new Calvert Catholic Schools superintendent, it will be good to come back home.
Gerald E. Schoen was announced as Calvert's new superintendent last week. He and his family - wife, Laura, son, Gerald, and daughters Annabelle and Lillie - have spent the last seven years in South Korea, where Schoen served as the K-12 principal for the Kwangju Foreign School.
Schoen and his family will be back in the country at the end of June, and he is to take over as superintendent July 8. Schoen is to take the place of Hank Elchert, who plans to retire at the end of the month.
Schoen was born in Republic and raised in a Catholic family. He also served as a member of the Reed Assumption Parish as a child and young adult.
After graduating from Seneca East High School, Schoen attended Bowling Green University, earning a bachelor's degree in secondary education, then went to the University of New England for his master's degree in education. Schoen also attended Bethel University and earned a post-graduate certificate in international baccalaureate education.
Schoen, with a one-year contract, also is to serve as directing principal, Calvert's board of trustees president, Andrew Felter, said.
"Todd Fox will still remain as assistant principal; we do not know at this time whether a position at the high school will be filled," Felter said.
Calvert Catholic Schools has a long history of providing its school community with an outstanding Catholic education, Schoen said.
"Respecting this tradition, I believe I can make valuable contributions to CCS," Schoen said. "The small-school, family-oriented environment of CCS appeals to me as an educator."
In addition to serving as principal in South Korea, Schoen has also served as an elementary principal for two years at St. Kateri Catholic Schools of the Toledo Diocese.
"With my diverse experience, I hope to bring a new perspective to Calvert," Schoen said. "These experiences have given me a unique perspective about education: one that will allow CCS to ensure a quality education based on Catholicity and innovation."
Schoen said he wants to continue the culture of excellence in all areas of student development at Calvert, such as spiritually, academically, physically and socially.
"By working diligently under one common vision, building strong relationships within the school community, and developing and implementing innovative education programs, the CCS community will continue to thrive as a leader in education in the Toledo Diocese," Schoen said.
Schoen said there are specific programs that he intends to focus on, such as to further develop the science, technology and math program, to develop a successful international student program and to utilize community resources to their fullest.
"The characteristics that Schoen possess met the expectations that the board outlined that were import to the position," Felter said. "He showed he had a lot of energy and a strong philosophy on Catholic education and identity and experience in leadership in a catholic school."
"While my contract is only for one year, it is my intention to serve the CCS community for years to come," Schoen said. "My wife and children are very excited about returning to Ohio and becoming members of the CCS family."