Principal's Message

It is my privilege to serve the Amherst community as the principal at Marion L. Steele High School! I grew up in Elyria City Schools and attended Ashland University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education. I earned a Master’s  Degree in Business Administration from Tiffin University and a second Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ashland University. I recently finished my Superintendents License from Ashland University as well. 

This school year marks my second with Amherst Exempted Village Schools. I feel privileged to be working as a team along with Steele’s outstanding staff. I enjoy watching our freshman come in and evolve into men and women who eventually go out into the world to do great things after graduation.  While at Steele, my goal is for every student to meet his or her potential in a safe, caring environment. We want to expose our students to classes and extracurriculars which will help them reach their goals in life whether it be in the Armed Forces, college or the workplace.  

 My wife Michelle and I moved to Amherst in 1998 and have never looked to move elsewhere. We have four daughters, Addie (12th grade), Marin (7th grade) , Ellie (2nd grade) and Lilly (1st grade) who attend Amherst schools.  We not only enjoy the Amherst schools but the Amherst community as well! I look forward to a great year together!


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 the 11th and 12th grade Assistant Principal at Marion L. Steele High School.   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 and I hold administrative licenses for an Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal.  

This school year marks my second with Amherst Exempted Village Schools.  I look forward to working with all stakeholders as our students prepare for success beyond Marion L. Steele.  My expectation is that every student at Steele feels valued and takes pride in their contribution and accomplishments to our community.  I truly feel honored to work alongside outstanding educators who are here for every student, every day.  

My husband, Brad, and our children, Jase (Kindergarten) and Alyssa (Preschool) live in Amherst and enjoy being apart of the Amherst community.  Go Comets!


Assistant Principal's Message - Nikki Campbell

It is my privilege to serve the Amherst community as the 9th and 10th grade assistant principal at Marion L. Steele High School! I grew up in the East Muskingum Local Schools in southern Ohio and attended Kent State University where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Education in 2003. I earned a Master’s degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace College in 2008, and a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Concordia University-Chicago in 2019. I hold teaching licenses as an Intervention Specialist (both mild/moderate and moderate/intensive) and administrative licenses for the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

In addition to my teaching experience, I have served as a RESA Mentor and sat on various state-level committees for the Ohio Department of Education. In 2016, I was awarded Educator of the Year for the Keystone Local Schools and in 2019, I was nominated as a candidate for Ohio Teacher of the Year.

As an administrator, it is my job to ensure that every student who walks through the doors at Steele receives a quality education in a safe environment. Please be sure to review the student handbook on our website to become familiar with the student code of conduct.

I live in Medina with my husband, Mike, and our daughters, Bridget (6th grade) and Kelly (2nd grade).