Dr. Mari Phillips is the Interim Associate Superintendent of the Princeton City School District wherein she provides substantial assistance to the interim superintendent in providing leadership required to develop, achieve and maintain the best possible educational programs and services for the District and its communities while providing oversight of the District’s Student Services, Special Education, Teaching and Learning departments. Mari is committed to implementing the District’s mission and goals as outlined in the five-year strategic plan and promoting a culture of collaboration within the district and the broader community to improve student learning for all students.
Mari has worked in the district for over 36 years and has assumed various positions. She served students as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, associate principal, student services director, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent before retiring in July 2012. Prior to returning to the Princeton district, Mari worked as an independent consultant with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) wherein she and a team of consultants monitored school districts declared to be in academic emergency by identifying systems and practices that may be impeding improvement as well as those most likely contributing to positive results. She returned to the district in August 2015 as special education director before moving into the position of Interim Associate Superintendent.
Throughout Mari’s tenure in the Princeton District, she has received several Dream Keeper Awards and was nominated in 2012 for the ODE’s Office of Exceptional Children Kathe Shelby Leadership Award. This award recognizes leaders who have contributed to the field of special education and have supported children with disabilities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education, her master’s degree in Counselor Education, and her doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.