“I really loved the classroom and teaching and I was drug kicking and screaming into administration,” Hiatt says. He credits ‘Project Lead The Way’ (PLTW) with helping direct him toward administration. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs in middle and high schools across the country. “I knew I wanted to find a way to impact more students than I had in the classroom,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “I have been blessed with a great staff,” says Hiatt. “When I came here as a newbie, there was support all around me.”
His message to students stresses respect as a key element in improving any school’s success. Students should; “Respect themselves first and foremost, respect their fellow students, respect adults and teachers and respect the taxpayers who have made educational opportunities available to them.”
The Hanover Central Middle School Student Council, under the sponsorship of Ms. Kelly York, hosted their annual Semi-formal dance on Saturday, May 9th. For the approximately 150 students who attended, it was anything but a typical Saturday night. The event, “Let’s Glow Dance,” offered students the chance to enjoy refreshments, dance to music provided by Pro Jams and even learn a new move or two. Chaperones included Principal Tony Hiatt and his wife Sharon Riegle Hiatt, Assistant Principal Denise Cordrey, Teachers Maggie Ryan and Marianne Muller, ISS/Guidance Receptionist Lisa Koester and Parents; Mrs. Zieminski and Mr. and Mrs. Rossiano. Judy Wirtz from the Yearbook staff was on hand to take pictures and help supervise. Visit the Middle School Facebook page for some great video of the students learning the ‘Cha Cha Slide!’