Worthington Hills Elementary SchoolTamu Lucero (Gibbs) is currently Principal at Worthington Hills Elementary School in the Worthington City School District. The Worthington School District has met all indicators on the State Report Card for the past five years, receiving a rating of Excellent. At Worthington Hills, she focuses on assuring that every student exhibits growth that is commensurate with their ability and promotes the components of a healthy school climate.
Ms. Lucero's administrative credentials include a Master of Arts in Educational Administration, a well as a Principal and Assistant Superintendent Certificates from The Ohio State University. Ms. Lucero began her professional career in education as a third, fourth and fifth grade teacher at a literature-based alternative school in the Columbus Public School District. As a classroom teacher, she observed and assessed students' prior understanding of subject matter and built upon that knowledge, designing an educational environment and learning centers that intrinsically motivated student learning. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she voluntarily assisted with developing school programs, writing educational and technology grants and served on numerous committees focused on increasing student academic achievement.
In the fall of 1997, Ms. Lucero assumed leadership at Georgian Heights Alternative Elementary School, a Math Science Alternative school with 25% of its school population identified as having disabilities. During her tenure, she successfully developed and implemented a plan to include the special education students in general education settings and increased test scores on the Ohio Fourth Grade Proficiency test.
In September 2003, she served as a guest lecturer at Ongwediva College of Education in Namibia, Africa, teaching three sections of an Integrated Natural Science course. In addition, she provided administrative support to her office and developed a communication system for the college, conducting workshops for college staff, and outlining goals for curriculum development and strategic planning. In addition to her duties, she served as the advisor for a student teacher HIV/AIDS organization and raised funds to purchase school uniforms for elementary students living in a rural village.
In the fall of 2004, she served as principal of Windsor Academy, a Physical and Academic Excellence Alternative school. Windsor Academy is located in an urban area with a predominance of socio-economic status families. In conjunction with a devoted group of staff and parents, she was able to begin to implement a plan for continuous improvement which included: increasing access to community resources, providing professional development to staff, and increasing state mandated test scores.
She has held office on the Educators Standards Board, the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators Board of Directors, and The Ronald McDonald House Young Professional Board.