A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings-new classes, new faces, and new material. Many individuals are responsible for planning and implementing our excellent educational programs. They include Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, secretaries, tutors, nurses, teacher assistants, counselors, custodians, maintenance workers, psychologists, bus drivers, speech and language therapists, librarians, cafeteria personnel.
Our success also is dependent on the cooperation and active involvement of our parents. We encourage you to consider joining the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and being actively involved at IPS. Working together we help lay the educational foundation for our IPS students.
On behalf of the entire IPS staff, I wish you and your family an excellent school year with us!
T.J. Ebert, Principal of Independence Primary School
T.J. Ebert has been principal of Independence Primary School since 2020. Prior to joining IPS, he was principal of Redwood Elementary in Avon Lake since 2011. While at Redwood, he was responsible for the daily operation of this elementary school with more than 425 students and 50 staff. In 2018, Ebert was the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Principal of the Year. Ebert also was an assistant principal and summer school principal at Avon Lake High School from 2006-2001. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Bedford High School.
With a background as a coach, Ebert’s leadership is hands-on and mentorship-oriented. While unafraid to make bold structural changes, his purpose is always to build leadership in others. Ebert is active in local athletics and prides himself on balancing a full professional life with an active life as a father of three young children.
Ebert holds a B.A. in Education from Kent State University, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University, and Superintendent Licensure from Ashland University. He resides in Sagamore Hills with his wife and three children.