Big Walnut Middle School has a mission to Inspire and Guide each student to his or her maximum potential. We work to accomplish goals by striving for our BWLS Vision to personalize and engage student learning experiences to support student growth. Likewise, we desire for our students to SOAR into academic and personal development at BWMS. Our guiding principles of SOAR include Scholarship, Ownership, Awareness, and Respect. In addition, we utilize project-based and problem-based learning experiences to increase the 21st Century Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking at BWMS. We are so excited about the 2023-24 school year and look forward to meeting all of you.
As a school community, we understand how important it is for families and the school to partner together. We encourage you to sign up for the BWMS Schoology Families Group which includes weekly announcements and to visit our website regularly to stay informed. If there is ever a need, please do not hesitate to contact me. We appreciate your support!
About the Principal:
Josh grew up in Wooster, OH, and had the unique opportunity to have over 1,000 teenagers live in his home as his parents ran a children's home. While in high school, Josh participated in football, wrestling, and track and held a variety of part-time jobs. After high school, he attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Teaching. He then completed his Master of Science in Educational Administration through the University of Dayton in 2006.
Josh is now in his 23rd year in education, 16th year of educational leadership, and is excited for his 8th year as the Principal at Big Walnut Middle School. Prior to becoming principal, Josh served as a Biology Teacher at Marion Harding High School and an Assistant Principal at HHS and BWMS. In 2003, he was married to my wife Amanda (a Big Walnut graduate) and they have three children who attend school in the district. Josh really enjoys working with the students and staff within the Big Walnut Local Schools and strives for our Vision of Education: Personalize, Engage, and Grow.