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Principal's Message

Hello BWE Families! 

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as principal of Big Walnut Elementary. I am honored and excited to join this school community.

This is the start of my 17th year in education. Throughout my career I have taught first and fourth grade, have been a reading specialist and instructional coach. I moved to the Columbus area 5 years ago and have been a curriculum supervisor with Olentangy Local Schools. My heart has always been in elementary and I am so excited to join this school community.

As Big Walnut principal, I am dedicated to continuing our students’ successes as we personalize instruction, engage students, and grow minds. I am joining a school with an incredible culture that supports our students through building and maintaining positive relationships, providing learning opportunities that build off students’ natural curiosity, and celebrating the unique strengths of all of our students. 

I wholeheartedly believe that great schools are the result of the collaboration between students, supportive parents, and great teachers. My primary goal is to continue to support the BWE teachers and partner closely with all of our families in order to help all students grow. Together we will inspire and guide our students to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.

Thank you for your trust and support. 


Lauren Heitkamp