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With head principal Steven Ast leaving next year, we welcome current assistant principal at Rocky River, Monica Asher, as our new principal.

Asher brings administrative and teaching experience, along with her great attitude to the Chagrin Falls School system. “I taught my first year in Las Vegas,” said Asher, “Then I was a freshmen English teacher at Huron for three years until I was moved to athletic director. Also, I was an assistant principal at Avon Lake for three years. Then three years at Rocky River as the assistant principal. I’ve been an administrator for eight years.”

Asher was interviewed by multiple groups of panels, including a teacher panel. “We all thought she had great enthusiasm and talent for her to fit in here at Chagrin,” said English teacher Jean Kanzinger when asked why Asher would be a good fit at Chagrin.

Although she is an administration now, that was not always her dream. “I wanted to pursue education,” said Asher, “My mom was a junior high science teacher, so I wanted to stay in the classroom. When I went to get my masters in English-literature, my mom pushed me to try administration. I am glad she pushed me to do that.”

When asked why she wanted to be at Chagrin, Asher said, “Because it’s Chagrin. It is a great school district. I talked to Mr. Ast and Mr. Winton; they said it is a great place to be at, surrounded by great kids and staff. They said that I should go for it.”

Asher is hoping to use her best quality a lot next year. “I am a good listener. I am not someone who is interested in coming in and putting my stamp on the school, I want to listen to what the students say. Allowing students to have ownership and input helps the school have a better environment.”

Asher also has a life outside of school. “I like to stay active. I love volleyball and running.” She also has a routine she does every Sunday. “My favorite memory as a child was cooking and listening to records with my grandfather. So, my Sunday tradition is cooking while listening to records.”

As our current principal Steven Ast works to transition into his new position at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, he will help Asher transition into her position at Chagrin Falls High School.

“It is very evident that Ms. Asher is extremely excited to join the CFHS school community,” said Ast, “She reached out to me shortly after being board approved to discuss her transition. I have told her that I will be available to help in anyway possible. I have to say that it has been impressive to see the thoughtfulness she is putting into planning her transition, which includes a desire to meet with staff, students, parents, and community members.”

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