Thom Named Briar Principal

Jeff Thom Hired As Principal At Briar
Posted on 04/23/2020
Briar Middle School Assistant Principal Jeff Thom has been hired as the school's next principal.

The Perkins Local School District Board of Education on Wednesday, April 22, voted unanimously to hire veteran teacher and assistant principal Jeff Thom as the next principal at Briar Middle School. 

Prior to the board vote, Perkins Schools Superintendent Todd Boggs complimented Mr. Thom on his educational experience, his leadership, and his connection with Briar students and staff.

As we reflect on our district's goals, strategic plan, and needs at Briar, Jeff will support our initiatives and hold those accountable to maximize student achievement,” Mr. Boggs told the board members. “Mr. Thom is of solid character, has high expectations for all, and is a solid community member and citizen who will engage stakeholders, internally and externally, for the good of our middle school students and program.”

Mr. Thom also “has been a Pirate his entire life,” Mr. Boggs noted. 

He graduated from Perkins High in 1990 and has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in education from Marygrove College. Mr. Thom obtained his K-12 principal licensure in 2015 from Cleveland State University.

He will succeed Scott Matheny, who announced his retirement earlier this year. 

It is an honor and a privilege to be the next Briar principal,” Mr. Thom said. “I have a lot of great people to thank for getting me ready to take this next step in my career. Mr. Matheny has been especially helpful and gracious in allowing me to co-lead this year so that I could develop the instructional leadership skills it takes to run a building.”

Mr. Thom has been an assistant principal at Briar since August 2015 and was an interim principal at Meadowlawn Intermediate School from March 2015 until June 2015. Prior to entering the administrative ranks of Perkins Schools, Mr. Thom taught art at Briar and Meadowlawn from 2002 to 2015. 

Mr. Thom also had been a wrestling coach at Briar and Perkins High School for 29 years before retiring from that post last year.

“Briar has always been where my heart is,” Mr. Thom said. “From coaching my junior high kids on the wrestling mat to stepping into an administrative role, the leadership narrative has never changed for me.  I have always believed in creating a culture where everyone works hard to improve and get better every day. Building meaningful relationships that foster trust and accountability to one another is where success lives for me as a leader.”

Mr. Thom will officially take over the principal’s office on Aug. 1. The district on Thursday posted the vacancy for his current job as assistant principal.