McClain High School graduate Dr. Matthew Unger will assume the principal position at Madison-Plains High School.
Unger, a 1989 McClain grad, was formerly the agricultural teacher at Madison-Plains. A Ohio University doctoral candidate, he was the top choice of every member of a selection committee involved in the hiring process, which included three parents, two board of education members, four administrators, two teachers and one support staff member.
“Dr. Unger was the clear choice from a strong field of applicants,” incoming superintendent Tim Dettwiller, a 1983 McClain High School graduate, said. “Matt’s performance in the classroom, his past leadership roles and his strong desire to improve academic performance were all noted in the committee’s endorsement of him.”
Nineteen people applied for the position, eight candidates were interviewed and two finalists — who interviewed a second time — were recommended to Dettwiller.
Unger is a member of the district’s Student Learner Outcome and Insurance committees. He uses data analysis to improve his instructional practice to improve student learning and blends traditional classroom approaches with technology to increase student involvement and ownership.
Dettwiller said Unger, who has taught at the high school for the past four years, will hit the ground running.
“Matt is a great fit for this administrative team and we are all eager for the start of the 2014-15 school year,” he said.
Unger will receive his doctorate degree in August from Ohio University in educational leadership. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees from Morehead State University in vocational education, and earned his principal’s license through coursework at the University of Dayton.
Unger has served as an adjunct professor at Wilmington College and taught in the Fairfield Local Schools in Leesburg and at a high school in southeastern Indiana. He’s also coached middle school football and wrestling.