Waterloo Superintendent

Waterloo Superintendent's Message

Welcome from Superintendent Joe Clark

I am honored to join Waterloo Local Schools as the new Superintendent.

My career in education started as a high school English teacher for 6 years, five of those at Springfield Local Schools. I then moved to Barberton City Schools where I held leadership positions for 9 years, including roles as a high school assistant principal and middle school principal, personnel director, and assistant superintendent. I then transitioned to Kent City Schools, where I served as assistant superintendent for 2 years while working on my doctoral degree at Kent State University.  

I next moved to the Nordonia Hills City Schools, serving as assistant superintendent for 2 years, and superintendent for 12 years. I am proud to have been the longest tenured superintendent in Nordonia’s history. 

My most recent experience has been at Westerville City Schools near Columbus, where I led a district of 15,000 students and over 2,000 faculty/staff across 24 schools. It is great to be back home in Northeast Ohio.

In addition to my administrative roles, I have been actively engaged in higher education as a Professor at American College of Education, specializing in Educational Leadership. I hold a B.A. in English, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in K-12 Leadership, all from Kent State University. 

I am a the youngest of 11 children, and a graduate of Tallmadge High School. My wife, Amie, and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this summer. We have two adult sons--Isaac (married to Kristen) and Matthew (engaged to Christina)--as well as a grandson named Cameron and a beagle/bulldog hybrid named Frankie.

I am excited to collaborate with the Waterloo community, staff, students, and families to continue pursuing our mission of cultivating academic excellence through high quality instruction and experience-based learning, connecting students’ lives to their futures. Go Vikings!

Joe Clark, Ph.D.


Waterloo Local Schools