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Record Number: 18697
Displayed from: May 20, 2019 , until: Jul 20, 2019

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, May 20, approved the following administrative appointments for the 2019-20 school year:


Erica Almas, Northrop High School Principal

Erica Almas began her career in education in 2008 in Brown County Schools, where she taught for five years. She went on to work as a dean of students in Perry Township Schools and an assistant principal in North Adams Community Schools. In 2016, she joined FWCS as an assistant principal at Northrop High School, and in 2018, she joined the FWCS Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Department as curriculum coordinator. Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and her Master’s Degree from Ball State University. At Northrop, she replaces Jason Witzigreuter who has accepted a position outside of FWCS.


 Gjergj Haxhiu, Franke Park Elementary Principal

Gjergj Haxhiu comes to FWCS with nearly two decades of education experience. He began his career in 2000 as an intervention specialist at Avon Lake City Schools in Ohio. He worked as a principal in the Sheffield Lake (Ohio) School District in Ohio and then as the assistant program coordinator at Eastwood Day Treatment Center in Cleveland. He is currently the director of student services and special education in the Ashtabula (Ohio) Area City Schools and an adjunct instructor at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Gjergj studied law at Prishtina Law School in Yugoslavia (Kosovo); he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Master’s Degree in Education from Baldwin-Wallace University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University in Norwich, Conn., and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration from Concordia University and Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania. At Franke Park, he replaces Brian Howard who is moving to Haley Elementary.


Brian Howard, Haley Elementary Principal

Brian Howard joined FWCS in 2001 as a second-grade teacher at Washington Elementary. In 2004, he moved to Harrison Hill Elementary where he taught third grade until he became an assistant principal at Waynedale Elementary in 2011. He was then appointed principal of Maplewood Elementary in 2012 and principal of Franke Park Elementary in 2014. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and his Master’s Degree from Indiana University. At Haley, Brian replaces Brandon White, who has accepted a position outside of FWCS.


Nickolas Sharin, Jefferson Middle School Principal

Nick Sharin joined FWCS in 2006 as a language arts teacher at Lakeside Middle School. In 2008, he moved to Wayne High School, where he stayed for three years, before teaching at Shawnee Middle School and then becoming an instructional coach at South Side High School. During the 2017-18 school year, he worked as an administrative intern at Northrop, and the following year, was appointed assistant principal at Northrop. Nick received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. At Jefferson, he replaces Jeff King, who is retiring.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.