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Kevin Guse
 
 

Kevin Guse has lived in Grandview Heights with his wife, Emily, and two daughters, Evie and Ellie, since 2014.  Kevin holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State University, teacher licensure from California State University-Northridge, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.


Kevin has taught high school biology for the Olentangy Local School District since 2007 and currently serves as the Department Chairperson for Technology and a teacher representative for the Olentangy Teachers Association.


Within the Grandview Heights Schools community, Kevin values spending his time as a coach for the Parks and Recreation Department, serving in the leadership of K-tribes, and volunteering at the Ox Roast.  Elected in November 2019, Kevin is serving his first term on the Board of Education.

 

 

Jesse Truett

President

Jesse Truett is a career educator with 20 years experience in traditional school districts and community schools. Cited by Columbus Business First as one of “20 People to Know in Education,” Jesse has strong roots in K-12 public education across Ohio.

Jesse earned his bachelor's degree from Otterbein University and his master's degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University. He began his career teaching at Westerville North High School. In 2002, Jesse became an assistant principal at Newark High School, and three years later he was selected to be the head principal. In 2008, Jesse became the principal of Grandview Heights High School where he utilized research, community input, and feedback from students and staff to create a long-term strategic plan to ensure the continued growth of this excellent-rated school’s academic program including the development and expansion of advanced placement coursework.

In 2011, Jesse had the opportunity to join a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to create a performance management program to provide data and assessment professional development to Ohio’s community schools via a $2 million grant awarded from the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund. In 2017, Jesse became the Chief of Staff for Performance Academies which has 12 public schools across Ohio..

Jesse has been a member of the Grandview Heights Board of Education since 2014.  He was re-elected to the Board of Education in November 2017 and thus is serving his second term.  He currently serves as president. He and his wife, Karen, have three children and have lived in Grandview Heights since 2008.

 

Molly Wassmuth


molly.wassmuth@ghschools.org 

Molly Wassmuth graduated from The Ohio State University and began her teaching career in 2004 in the Columbus Public School district, teaching at Mifflin and Briggs High Schools. In 2008,  she moved to Westerville North High School where she now teaches Spanish. 

While working as a teacher, Molly has served as World Languages Department Facilitator, Faculty Representative at Large, Lobby Day participant, Mid Atlantic Organizing Regional Conference participant, and National Educational Association representative and state delegate.

Molly earned a Master Teacher Certification from the Ohio Department of Education, a Teacher Leadership endorsement from The Ohio State University, and in the spring of 2018 she will complete her administrative license in education at The Ohio State University.    

In recent years, Molly has traveled to Nicaragua and Honduras where she supported the Arms of Love orphanage. Through these programs Molly has worked with children of all ages while engaging in a variety of service projects.  Molly is serving her first term on the Board of Education having been elected in November 2017.

 

Eric Bode

Vice President

eric.bode@ghschools.org 

Eric Bode is currently the Finance Director for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  He was previously a Senior Finance Administrator at the Ohio School Facilities Commission and the Ohio Department of Education.  He earned his bachelor's degree from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and his Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Eric has been a district resident for over 20 years.  He and his wife, Annie Murray, have three children - Maya, a Grandview Heights Schools graduate who now attends The Ohio State University and Jonah and Kieren who are presently Grandview Heights High School students.  Eric has held numerous volunteer roles in the schools and community including coaching, Bobcat Boosters, boys soccer boosters, Y-Tribes, and Science Olympiad.

Beginning in 2015, Eric served as a community member on the school district's Facilities Task Force advising the Superintendent during the facility planning process.  He previously served on the Superintendent' Legislative Committee.  He is serving his first term on the Board of Education having been elected in November 2017.  In January 2020, Eric was elected Vice President of the Board of Education.

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Emily Gephart
 
emily.gephart@ghschools.org
 

Emily Gephart earned her bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from Ohio State University. She has spent her professional career working in public budgeting and education policy at the New York City Office of Management and Budget, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, and the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.  Most recently, Emily was employed at the Director of Budget and School Funding at the Ohio Department of Education.

Emily lives in Grandview Heights with her husband, Kyle, and their two daughters, Grace (Class of 2029) and Annie (Class of 2031).  She is a stay-at-home-mom and an active volunteer in the schools and community, including recently serving as a member of the city’s Traffic Advisory Group. Elected in November 2019, Emily is serving her first term on the Board of Education.