Principal's Message

My name is Joe Tellier. This is my second year serving in the Amherst community as the Principal of Marion L. Steele High School. I spent twenty-two years with Vermilion Schools. I served as a teacher and coach for sixteen years, and the past six years as an administrator. I have lived in Amherst since 1998 and am honored to serve the district I call home! My wife teaches at Powers and my four daughters attend the district. I am excited to be a part of the district as an administrator, father and community member.

I am privileged to be working with the outstanding staff at Steele H.S. I look forward to watching the students of Steele progress into adults and take their next step beyond our walls! Communication is paramount to student success, never hesitate to contact me via phone, email, or twitter. Go Comets!


I grew up in the Elyria City Schools and began my career in education with Vermilion Local Schools in the fall of 1996. During my time in Vermilion, I have served in many roles: teacher, advisor, coach, and, for the past six years, the assistant principal of Vermilion High School.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University. I also hold a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University. In the spring of 2015, I received my superintendent’s license.

I live in Amherst with my wife, Michelle, and four daughters. Michelle currently teaches second grade at Powers Elementary. All four girls are attending Amherst Schools! I am honored and excited to become a part of the Comet family!

Assistant Principal's Message - Ashley Harigan

It is my privilege to serve as your Assistant Principal at Marion L. Steele High School. In this position, my focus will be to provide all students with a challenging positive learning experience, provide a foundation towards learning excellence, and work with our school community.

I grew up in the Black River Schools and was previously with the Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia for the past seven years. In addition to my teaching experience, I've served in various leadership capacities such as Athletic and Activities Director, Department Chair, School Testing Coordinator, and Summer School Principal.

I attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio and 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 and I hold administrative licenses for an Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal.

My husband, Brad, and my son and daughter are extremely excited to be moving back "home" and joining the Amherst community!

Assistant Principal's Message - Nikki Campbell

It is my privilege to serve Amherst Schools! I attended Kent State University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education in 2003. I earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace College in 2008 and I am currently finishing my second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Concordia University-Chicago.

I believe that a classroom environment that is well planned and organized is critical for learning to occur.  Parents and students must be aware of school board policy and procedures concerning acceptable and unacceptable behavior in our schools, on our buses, and on school property. All individuals associated with education of children at Marion L. Steele have the responsibility of creating a positive environment conducive to learning.