District News

Distel hired as new LMIS principal for '16-'17

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Dan Distel

Steady growth in Little Miami classrooms is prompting the need for additional teachers and support personnel for the coming school year.

The Little Miami Board of Education took action recently to hire eight new teachers and a new principal at Little Miami Intermediate School, along with other hires to support district operations.

Dan Distel, currently assistant principal at Mason High School, was hired Mar. 29 to take over leadership of Little Miami Intermediate after current principal Marla Timmerman was named Director of Student Services for Little Miami in February.

Distel has been an assistant principal for the past three years and prior to that, was a teacher at Mason High School from 2004-2013. Distel taught grades 9-12 in AP U.S. history, American history, world history, contemporary social issues and blended/online contemporary social issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University and a master’s degree in education administration from Xavier University.

Marla Timmerman

Distel said he was excited to become a part of the administrator team at Little Miami.

“When talking to people about this community and the schools, everything I hear is incredibly positive,” Distel said. “While there were difficult times, Little Miami is now an attractive district to work for. There is a great feeling of community here.”

The Board of Education hired Distel on a two-year contract at $83,430.

Timmerman, who is in her fourth year as LMIS principal, will become the district’s Director of Students Services next year, a position that has gone unfilled for the last three years. The director serves all Little Miami students as section 504 coordinator, ELL coordinator, gifted coordinator, open enrollment coordinator, testing coordinator and supervises the special education director, EMIS coordinator, preschool director and central registration. These are duties that have been shared among other district administrators for the last three years. Timmerman was hired on a three-year contract at $93,607.

While it will be difficult to leave her building, the teachers and the families she has known, Timmerman said, she is looking forward to having a broader impact on the district.

"I chose to explore becoming Director of Student Services to affect a positive change for students on a larger scale," she said. "I enjoy working with teachers and administrators on analyzing their student data to make informed decisions on curricular changes as well as working with staff to improve their lesson design and instructional strategies to reach more students. Being at the district level will allow me to focus on these areas with multiple building staffs."

Dave Florea

In addition to filling the director of student services position, the board took action to fill another position that has had a long-term vacancy.

Dave Florea, current Little Miami transportation clerk, was hired as district maintenance supervisor, a position that has gone unfilled for three years. Florea has been employed with Little Miami since 2007 and has worked as a bus driver, coach and athletic site manager. In December, Florea was recognized at a board of education meeting and received a letter of commendation for his work on the light poles at the Salem Twp. Elementary football field. Florea received a two-year contract at $61,106.

The Board of Education also hired several other new personnel on one-year contracts for the 2016-2017 school year at its Mar. 29 meeting:

  • Mary Elizabeth Oancea – HS French
  • Caleb Jones – HS physical education 

  • Nicole Dunigan – HS Spanish 

  • Tarra Kraft – JH Guidance Counselor
  • Julia Muro – HS Math
  • Bridget Herron – HS Guidance Counselor
  • Brittany Stultz – HB/HM Guidance Counselor
  • Amy Young – HS Math