Curriculum & Instruction

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.

Herb Higginbotham

Director of Elementary Curriculum

Herb joined the Hilliard City Schools in 2009 and has served as a classroom teacher, student support teacher, and principal of Alton Darby Elementary.

Herb earned his Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and has a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University.

Herb’s goal is to help elementary educators create learning experiences that connect to students’ interests and learning needs.

Herb lives in Hilliard and is married to Carrie, who teaches at Hilliard Crossing Elementary. Herb and Carrie have two daughters who attend Hilliard City Schools.

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.

Mark Tremayne

Director of Innovation and Extended Learning

Mark joined the Hilliard City School District in 2009. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. His main focus is to provide hands-on, minds-on, authentic learning experiences for all students. Mark is a catalyst for new learning initiatives and an active strategist in student engagement through learner autonomy and ownership. He seeks to empower students and staff by unleashing curiosity and cultivating interests into passions.

Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Alicia, who is also a teacher in the district. They have two kids and enjoy fitness, travel, reading, and spending time with family.

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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