EATON — During its meeting on Monday, June 10, the Eaton Community Schools Board of Education hired Brian Camp as the new Eaton Middle School principal on a two year limited contract, July 1 to June 30, 2021.
Camp has been in education for over 20 years, but prior to that was employed in the business world. He was in banking and finances for years. He made the switch in careers after getting the teaching bug through a tutoring program at his place of employment.
“I knew that was something I could do. 20 years later, I still have the same joy I have now that I had 20 years ago,” he said.
He went to Wright State University and University of Dayton for his Masters in Elementary Education and Principal’s License. He has been a classroom teacher for sixth and seventh grade math and sciences. He served as an Assistant Principal for Xenia Community Schools for one and a half years and then served as Assistant Principal at Wilmington Middle School for 13 years.
Camp explained, he was familiar with the Eaton area from the Pork Festival and different sporting events. To him, it seemed to be a “tight knit community” he could see himself fitting into.
“There is a beauty to having opportunities and experiencing different communities,” he said. “Every experience I have somehow becomes home. Even though I haven’t been on the job per se, every day, I take a step forward and think, ‘This is good.’ It becomes more affirming every day.
“I want to get to know the community, families, students, and staff. I think the community needs to know that I’m approachable, I’m a listener, and I care what they think. I want them to know that we are all here for them. To me, the schools are the front porch to every community. We take pride in what we do.”
Eaton Community Schools Superintendent Jeff Parker added, “We are excited to get someone with [Camp’s] experience. He came highly recommended from his references and from teachers who have worked for him. I’m really excited about his approach with kids, I think he has some very good ideas that fit 2019. He really seems to understand students in 2019 are dealing with some different things than maybe a lot of students dealt with 25 years ago.”
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