Office of the Superintendent

John Marschhausen, Ph.D.


Dr. John Marschhausen is relentless in the pursuit to personalize education for each student as they pursue their individual interests. He is driven by our firm commitment that growth requires each of us to embrace productive discomfort and to inspire redefining our edges to become elite. Dr. Marschhausen’s commitment to educating the whole child, to balancing academic and life skills and to living with a mindset that prepares every student to be Ready for Tomorrow is evident in the district’s leadership.

He empowers every Hilliard staff member to be a catalyst for our students to become innovative thinkers and inspirational leaders. He instills values that will stand the test of time, he cultivates a passion for growth, he models how we stand up and own our behavior, and understands the power of the team. Dr. Marschhausen is committed to the fostering of Hilliard’s culture as the impetus for achieving results.

Dr. Marschhausen has his Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Wittenberg University and his master’s degree from the University of Dayton. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership from Capella University. John was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force, has served on the Ohio Senate’s Testing and Accountability Committee and has testified many times before the Ohio General Assembly. He reports directly to the Board of Education and serves as the Board’s Chief Executive Officer. As superintendent, he supports administrators and principals in their everyday jobs so teachers can do what they need to do to prepare every student for tomorrow.

John is married to Susan who is an elementary teacher in the Dublin City School District. They have two daughters. His hobbies include running, swimming, reading and spending time with his family.


Mike McDonough

Assistant Superintendent

Mike McDonough joined the Hilliard City Schools in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Educational Administration from Ashland University, with additional post graduate coursework from other area universities.

As Assistant Superintendent of Operations he maintains support systems for all phases of the Hilliard City Schools in the areas of development and implementation of business management, operations data and informational services, maintenance, buildings and grounds, along with transportation. He began this position in August of 2015. Prior to this position, Mike served as the Director of Secondary Education.

Mike is married to Kristen and they have two daughters. He is a cross fit athlete who competes in triathlons. Spending time with his family is one of his highest priorities.

Leslie McNaughton

Assistant Superintendent

Leslie started with the Hilliard City School District in 1992. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Administration. As assistant superintendent she works with just about every aspect of a student’s life. Her main areas of focus are on parent satisfaction, data, support services, curriculum, professional development, registration and human resources. Above all, she collaborates with all departments to make sure each student has a personalized experience and is ready for the next step in life.

Leslie is married to Bob and they have five children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel and spending time with family.