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Principal's Message

Brent Garee
MS/HS Principal

Dear Fredericktown Parents and Students,

     I’d like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. I’m Brent Garee, and I’m so grateful and privileged to be your new building principal. I wanted to take moment to introduce myself as we begin the process of getting to know one another.

     I have been in the field of education for twenty-three years, most of them as a high school English teacher. For the largest part of those classroom years, I was teaching English at Watkins Memorial High School (12 years), though I got my start right out of college at Danville High School. Throughout my teaching career, I taught all grade levels, from English 9 to Advanced Placement Language and Composition. When my favorite part of teaching started to be mentoring new colleagues and leading my department, I realized it was time to make the move into administration, where I thought I could impact even more students. This led me to Eastland Career Center in Groveport, where I have been the Assistant Director (Assistant Principal) for the past seven years. I loved learning more about preparing students for their future and expanding my own understanding of the different ways high schools can and should prepare students for what comes next.

     On a personal note, I am a small town boy, raised in Croton, Ohio. I went to Northridge High School which graduated (and still does graduate) about 100 students a year. I still live in the Northridge district where my wife of twenty-three years, Kim, teaches English. This fall, our son will be a sophomore at Ohio University, while one of our daughters will be a senior and the other a freshman at NHS. When it’s all said and done, my wife and I are surrounded by teenagers both day and night, and that’s the way we like it. I’m a geek about reading books about education and educational leadership while I listen to classic rock on my back deck, but I also love hiking, cycling, and kayaking.

     I look forward to working with you throughout the school year as I get to know you. I already know some things about the Freddie community: that the community of Fredericktown is tight, a place where people truly have one another’s backs; that our students are very high performing, academically; that our athletic teams are proud of being competitive; and that FHS has a reputation for both excellence and hospitality. Those things I know - and the kindness that has already been extended to me - make me extremely excited to jump in with everything I’ve got to become a part of all that good stuff.

     Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at or by calling the main office of the high school.


Mr. Brent Garee




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