District News


New Principal and Assistant Principal for Whitaker Elementary School Grant Anderson and Marlo Thigpen!

Posted on: July 11, 2018

Investing His Talents Where He Lives - Grant Anderson

To Grant Anderson the Whitaker Family takes on a whole new meaning this new school year.  He was announced as Whitaker’s new Principal at the May Board of Education meeting; however, he is no stranger to the school. Anderson has three sons, and two of them are current Whitaker students with the third joining the Brent family in August. He and his wife, Sarah, have been members of the community for 13 years and have deep Finneytown connections with both his wife and father-in-law being graduates of Finneytown Local Schools.

Anderson comes to Finneytown from Oak Hills Local School District where he began as a student teacher in Music. He stayed in Oak Hills to teach Music, which is his passion, in middle school and high school for a combined total of 12 years. Through his tenure and teaching, he helped the district achieve Superior Ratings in their Music Program. He then joined the administrative team in 2016 as a House Principal overseeing the Technology Department, the renovation of an auditorium, as well as a House Leader for students.  

As a hands-on leader, Anderson expects to be highly visible and involved in the classrooms. Although he doesn’t officially begin until August, there is a good chance you will find him at Whitaker on most days. A few teachers took other positions so he has some hiring to do. He is using collaboration to make important decisions based on the needs of the students and what works best in terms of consistency for them. Other staff have volunteered to come in this summer to help him work through hiring and other decisions.


He is very pleased to be working in the district in which he lives and plans to provide the highest level of communication, collaboration, and consistency. Anderson believes in providing students “equity of opportunity” as a support in “helping all students succeed” in school. He says, “education is what you make of it. You have to be your own driving force.”

A Change - Marlo Thigpen

Mrs. Marlo Thigpen will join Mr. Anderson as his Assistant Principal at Whitaker. Thigpen came to Finneytown as a teacher and last year worked with middle school as an assistant principal. She continues to work mentoring our A-Team students as well as attending many Finneytown events and activities. Her husband, Mr. Thigpen is a Beech Acres Counselor for the district as well as being involved in outside activities with students. She is delighted to work with elementary students this year and has already moved in at Whitaker. She and Anderson have been busy planning for the opening of the new school year. “I am excited for this change and meeting the students. It will be interesting working with siblings of the students I worked with this year.” It will be an exciting year at Whitaker Elementary School.

Superintendent Noe is enthusiastic and energized about the new school year. She said, “Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Thigpen are going to make a great team!” I can’t wait for the students to come back!”