New Principals Approved for 2017-18 School Year

Record Number: 16486
Displayed from: May 09, 2017 , until: Jul 09, 2017

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the appointment of several principals effective with the 2017-18 school year.

Matthew Haren, Lane Middle School Principal

Matthew Haren will become the new principal at Lane Middle School. Haren joined FWCS in 2012 as assistant principal at Lane. He moved Blackhawk Middle School as assistant principal the following year, where he remained. Prior to FWCS, he worked for Manchester Community Schools, Wawasee Community Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools. At Lane, he replaces Mark Bailey, who has decided to move to an assistant principal position at Kekionga Middle School.


Frank Kline, Abbett Elementary School Principal

Frank Kline will take over as principal of Abbett Elementary School after serving as principal of Lincoln Elementary for five years. Kline joined FWCS in 1992 as a substitute teacher. He then worked as a social studies teacher at Wood Youth Center and Portage Middle School before becoming an administrative intern in 2005-06. He worked as an intern at Jefferson Middle School, and during the 2006-07 school year, he served as assistant principal at Franke Park Elementary. Prior to becoming principal at Lincoln, Kline was principal at Maplewood Elementary for five years. At Abbett, he will replace Stephany Bourne, who served as interim principal this year.


Claire Paul, Lincoln Elementary Principal

Claire Paul will become the principal of Lincoln Elementary School. She joined FWCS this school year as assistant principal at Weisser Park Elementary School. Prior to coming to FWCS, she served as a district coach in East Allen County Schools and a principal with Bluffton-Harrison Schools. At Lincoln, she replaces Frank Kline, who is moving to Abbett Elementary.


Shannon Rodgers, Harrison Hill Elementary Principal

Shannon Rodgers will become principal of Harrison Hill Elementary School. She began her education career in 2005 as a teacher in Wisconsin and then worked in Georgia and Kentucky. In 2010, she joined Fort Wayne Community Schools as a teacher at Fairfield Elementary, and in 2012, she was named assistant principal at Holland Elementary. In 2013, she became principal of Shambaugh Elementary. At Harrison Hill, Rodgers fills the position, which has been open since November.


Neil Rupp, Shambaugh Elementary Principal

Neil Rupp will become principal at Shambaugh Elementary. Rupp joined FWCS in 2015 as an assistant principal at Harrison Hill Elementary. At Shambaugh, he replaced Shannon Rodgers, who is moving to Harrison Hill.


Matthew Schiebel, Kekionga Middle School

Matt Schiebel will move from principal of Shawnee Middle School to principal of Kekionga Middle School. He joined FWCS in 1987 and served as a science teacher at Blackhawk Middle School from 1988 until he became an administrative intern at Geyer Middle School in 2001. In 1997, he was named the FWCS Teacher of the Year and was one of 10 state finalists. He became assistant principal of Lane Middle School in 2002 and two years later became principal of Northwood Middle School. He moved to Shawnee in 2008. At Kekionga, he replaces Maureen Sylvester, who served as interim principal this year.


Maureen Sylvester, Shawnee Middle School

Maureen Sylvester will become principal of Shawnee Middle School. She joined FWCS in 2001 as a substitute teacher. She was hired as a math teacher at Kekionga Middle School in 2002 and later also taught language arts at the school. During the 2014-15 school year, she served as an administrative intern at Memorial Park Middle School. In 2015, she returned to Kekionga as an assistant principal and filled in as interim principal this year. At Shawnee, she replaces Matt Schiebel, who is moving to Kekionga.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.