Dear Comet Families,
As the Principal of Walter G. Nord School, I proudly serve my home community and sincerely enjoy helping families navigate through the many milestones in their child’s educational journey.
It is my belief that Walter G. Nord School provides your child with a nurturing, safe, and respectful student-centered learning environment. Our teachers take into account your child’s diverse social, emotional, and academic needs in order to help ensure their success.
I also believe that student success is the shared responsibility of all stakeholders and look forward to working collaboratively with you and your family throughout the school year. Please follow @NordPrincipal on Twitter and check this website frequently for all the latest Walter G. Nord School news. Updated contact information in your PowerSchool Parent Portal account will also ensure that you receive all communications from both myself and the district.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns throughout the school year.
Mrs. Ashley Harigan
Dean of Students Message - Nicholas Doehr
It’s my privilege to serve as the Dean of Students at Walter G. Nord School! I’m especially proud to work with the students, families, and staff in my home community of Amherst.
I grew up in the Wellington Schools and attended Bowling Green State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Education at The University of Findlay where I focused on Educational Leadership and obtained my school principal licensure.
I began my teaching career in 2014 as an Intervention Specialist with Fremont City Schools in Northwest Ohio, serving students at both the elementary and middle school levels. In 2019, I returned to Northeast Ohio and spent the past 3 school years serving as an Intervention Specialist and most recently an Administrative Intern with Berea City Schools. My teaching and administrative experiences range from Kindergarten to 8th Grade.
The 2022-2023 school year will be my first with the Amherst Exempted Village School District. I’m passionate about building positive relationships with all stakeholders and working together to create a learning environment that gives all students the opportunity to succeed.
My chocolate Lab, Jake, and I live in Amherst and enjoy spending time out in the community with family and friends.
I grew up in the Black River Schools and attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education. I earned a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia.
My teaching career started in 2009 as a 4th and 5th-grade Title I Math teacher with Washington Court House Schools in Southern Ohio. I then spent the next eight years teaching in South Florida and Northern Virginia, respectively. Most of my time in the classroom was spent in Middle School Math while also serving as my school’s Athletic Director.
I joined the Amherst Exempted Village School District in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Principal at Marion L. Steele High School. I now proudly serve as the Principal of Walter G. Nord School.
My husband, Brad, and our children, Jase and Alyssa, live in Amherst and enjoy being a part of the Amherst community. Go Comets!