Trent Kreischer
Trent Kreischer

BY JULIE KEIRNS

DHI Media Staff Writer

jkeirns@delphosherald.com

CONVOY – Crestview Local Schools has announced a new middle school principal and athletic director due to Dave Bowen taking a position as high school principal. Trent Kreischer, a Wren native, is excited about the position.

Kreischer attended Crestview South when the elementary school was still located in Wren and graduated from Crestview Local Schools in 1993. He graduated from Huntington College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and recieved his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.

Kreischer first came back to Crestview as a fourth-grade teacher. He taught three years in the elementary school, then spent the next 13 years teaching English, reading and language arts to seventh and eighth graders in the middle school.

“I had some really great teachers at Crestview,” said Kreischer. “I can’t think of one bad experience I had in school while growing up. I wanted to come back home and provide that same kind of education to a new generation of kids.”

“Most people who want to become teachers have had a good experience in their own school years and want to come back home,” he continued. “Great teachers are what develop a passion for learning and teaching in kids.”

“Having been in this school district for a total of 35 years, between being a student and teacher both, I can attest to the fact that Crestview has amazing people, parents, and teachers,” Kreischer added. “Getting a chance to work with all the wonderful people in the Crestview district is the most exciting for me. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be where I am. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Kreischer left the classroom at the end of the 2013-2014 school year and spent the last five years as the director of curriculum and instruction working at the district level with all three principals, the superintendent and all the teachers on professional development and testing. He spent time working on the new teacher mentor program and overseeing competitive grants.

“The last five years have been a great experience for me, working in that capacity of leadership and collaboration with so many wonderful people,” he said. “Now I am looking forward to the next phase.”

Kreischer’s wife Chrissy is a speech and language pathologist at Van Wert City Schools. The pair has two sons, Carson a sophomore and Preston a seventh grader.

“I must say my wife is awesome,” he commented. “Through all my years of driving buses, yearbook advisor, working in the athletic office, coaching girls’ basketball, and varsity football, I have had to be away from home a lot, and she is the most supportive and understanding person I know. I could not imagine taking on the responsibility of principal and athletic director without her by my side.”

Kreischer stated that he owes his educational career at Crestview to Ray Etzler who was the elementary principal that first hired him.

“He took a chance on a green, fresh out of college kid at a time when Crestview didn’t like to hire first-year teachers,” he said. “If he had not pushed the central office to hire me I am not sure where I would be right now. I wanted to make sure to recognize him because to me it is all about the people along the journey. It’s the people who impact us that matter and the fact that I am now fortunate enough to impact others along the way.”

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be in this position at Crestview,” Kreischer added. “I am looking forward to the start of the new school year and working with the outstanding kids, parents, and teachers in the area.”