Curriculum & Instruction

Jennifer Adams

Director of Elementary Curriculum

Jennifer started with the Hilliard City School District in 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in elementary education and a master’s degree from Ashland University in administration and a superintendent’s license from Ashland University. As director of elementary education she works with principals in supporting teachers as they strive to improve student education goals. Her main areas of focus are on helping elementary school teachers create a world class educational system, personalize education for each student and expand classroom boundaries through technology.

Jennifer is married to Barry and they have two children. Her hobbies include reading, traveling and running.

John Bandow

Director of High School Curriculum and College Partnerships

John has the unique historic perspective of the district, as he joined Hilliard City Schools in 1988. He has served as an Assistant Principal at Hilliard High School and finished the past 17 years as Principal of Hilliard Davidson High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and general science. His master’s degree from The Ohio State University is in Athletic Administration. He has both his administration and superintendent licenses from The Ohio State University. John’s main areas of emphasis will be overseeing teaching and learning initiatives in our three high schools as well as the expansive College Credit Plus program.

John and his wife Kathy have two sons. He enjoys exercise, loves golf and is a rabid Wisconsin Badger fan.

Dawn Sayre

Director of Middle Level Curriculum


Dawn joined the Hilliard City School District in 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein in Education and her master’s from the University of Dayton in educational administration. As the director of middle level education, Dawn works with principals and teachers in the 6th grade schools and middle schools to personalize learning for every student. Her focus is on creating and supporting cultures that are focused on the whole child and meeting the diverse needs of students in the middle grades.

Dawn lives in Dublin. She enjoys spending time with her family and staying active.

Brent Wise

Director of Innovation and Extended Learning

Brent joined the Hilliard City School District in 2012. He has a bachelor of art in social studies education from Findlay University. His main focus is finding new ways to engage the students and staff in the educational community. He works to reach all kids, at every level and force the kids to collaborate in the 21st century learning world. He finds new grants and vendor partnerships to stay one step ahead of technology.

Brent is married to Lindsay and they have two kids. He likes to spend time with family outdoors every chance he can.

As we strive to educate the whole child, we work to develop curriculum that clearly relates to the lives of students. To that end, we target our curriculum to the elementary, middle and high school levels. Our staff members develop our courses of study based on Ohio’s Learning Standards.

We embrace the diversity of Hilliard City Schools and tailor our instructional practices to meet the needs of all the students we serve. We place a heavy emphasis on literacy that is designed to include the language arts, mathematics and the fine and performing arts.

We use various instructional models to facilitate learning as well as allow teachers to get to know students and their needs. From double-blocked classes to classrooms with students from different grade levels, teachers and students are free to take risks in a safe and nurturing environment. The result is a sense of joy for the teaching and learning process.


Credit Flexibility Program

In compliance with Senate Bill 311, the Hilliard City School District will offer students the opportunity to earn high school credit(s) through a credit flexibility program beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. “Credit flex” shifts the focus from evaluating student learning based on “seat time” to assessing students’ demonstrated academic and skill level or performance. Learn More

Academic Foundation Goals


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