Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Adult Education Director at Buckeye Career Center
Frank Polen is beginning his ninth year as the Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Adult Education Director at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio a leading Career Technical School in the state of Ohio offering both secondary and postsecondary career technical training. He has helped students of all ages Discover Their Passion and Prepare for Their Future through career and technical education. This year also marks his twenty-seventh year in public education. Prior to BCC, Frank served 8 years as the principal of Warsaw Elementary in the River View Local School District leading them to the rating of Excellent with Distinction and a School of Promise by the state of Ohio five times. Mr. Polen also served as a middle school teacher at both River View Junior High and Indian Valley Middle School. Frank also has collegiate coaching experience at Ohio Dominican University, Denison University and Muskingum University.
Mr. Polen is committed to schools, community development, and leadership initiatives. Active with several organizations and committees, Frank currently serves on numerous boards most notably as the board president of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, as a Board of Trustees Member for the Ohio FFA Association, and was chosen as one of the charter class of only twenty leaders across the United States by the Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) as a NEXTLEVEL Postsecondary CTE Leader. He was also a past recipient of the NCLA Dave Berryman Scholarship Award for Leadership and Development.
Frank earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and was a letterman in men’s basketball at Ohio Dominican University. He received his Masters of Educational Leadership from Salem International University. Frank is a resident of New Philadelphia, Ohio where he and his wife Gretchen, a fourth grade teacher at Indian Valley Schools, are the parents of two daughters, Kendall and Reese.