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Meet the Administrative Team

Mr. Kevin Freeman, Principal
Email: freeman.11@napls.us
Phone: 614-413-8500

Mr. Kevin Freeman was selected to serve as assistant principal at New Albany High School in the summer of 2018.

Mr. Freeman brings an extensive background in educational administration and knowledge of best practices to New Albany High School. Prior to joining the administrative team at NAHS, he served as the principal of Sherwood Middle School in Columbus. He completed his 15th year as head principal in 2018, and led his school in earning the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for excellent growth in student achievement. Mr. Freeman brought STEM programming to the middle school in the form of Project Lead the Way, Computer Science, Robotics, and Video Game Design and Programming. Mr. Freeman began his career as a middle school mathematics teacher and basketball coach, winning awards for excellence in teaching at both the school and district levels.

Mr. Freeman is a student-centered, experienced leader who believes in developing an inclusive culture where all students have access to rich learning experiences.

Mr. Freeman earned a Master of Arts in Education Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Education Administration at Ohio University. He resides in New Albany with his wife Edwynna. He has three children - Kevin Jr, Makaela, and Kennedi.

Laura Mejia

Mrs. Laura Mejia, Assistant Principal
Email:
 mejia.5@napls.us
Phone: 614-413-8500

Mrs. Mejia joined the New Albany Middle School in the summer of 2023 as the Assistant Principal.  

Mrs. Mejia brings an extensive background in educational administration and knowledge of best practices as she joins the New Albany-Plain Local School District. She currently serves as the principal of Howard Dobbs Elementary in Rockwall, Texas. She is finishing her 9th year in school administration and has led her school in becoming an A rated campus by the Texas Education Agency.  She has presented to several professional organizations, including “Integrating Technology in Bilingual Literacy Stations” to the National Association for Bilingual Education.  Mrs. Mejia began her career as an elementary school bilingual teacher winning awards for her excellence in teaching. Her leadership skills and professional experiences will be an extraordinary addition to the New Albany Middle School.   

Mrs. Mejia earned a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education. Mrs. Mejia and her husband, Loscar, will be relocating their family to Ohio this summer. They have three children,  Isabel, a college freshman, Diego, a graduating senior in high school, and Arbor, a current high school sophomore. 

Mrs. Mejia stated, “I am excited to join the leadership team of New Albany Middle School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve at New Albany Middle School as Assistant Principal.  I am looking forward to continuing my journey in public education in New Albany and working daily to meet the academic and developmental needs of students.”

Mr. Grashel, Dean of Students
Email:
 grashel.1@napls.us
Phone: 614-413-8500

Mr. Ryan Grashel returns to the New Albany Middle School Learning Community as Dean of Students in summer of 2022 after serving as Dean of Students in New Albany High School in 2021. Mr. Grashel began his career in New Albany at the middle school in 2020.   

Mr. Grashel is beginning his 13th year in education and his second year as middle school dean of students.  Before arriving in New Albany, Ryan served as the Credit Recovery Coordinator for Groveport Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio.  Mr. Grashel also served as a classroom  teacher in algebra 1, world history and reading for the first 6 years of his career.

Mr. Grashel holds a Master of Education Degree from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. He lives in New Albany with his wife, Brooke and two daughters, Emma (4) and Olivia (2) and Charlie (0). Mr. Grashel also serves as our head boys basketball coach at New Albany High School.

Mrs. Jill Hatten, Admin Secretary

Mrs. Erin Miller, Building Secretary

Mrs. Amy Thiel, Receptionist