New Warwood School Principal Follows in Grandfather’s Footsteps

Photo by Lisa Summers Joey Subasic, right, stands with his grandfather, Thomas Innocenti, after being named the new principal at the Warwood School during Monday’s Ohio County Board of Education meeting. Innocenti is a former Wheeling Middle School principal and board of education president.

WHEELING — The new principal of the Warwood School is part of a family tradition of Ohio County Schools administrators.

The board of education named Joseph “Joey” Subasic as the new principal of Warwood during its regular meeting Monday evening. Subasic’s grandfather is the former principal of Wheeling Middle School and the former president of the Ohio County Board of Educationools board.

Innocenti joined his grandson at the Monday night meeting to support him.

“I was a student at Warwood, an assistant principal at Warwood and I’m excited to return home,” said Subasic, who has been an assistant principal at Wheeling Park High School for the past year. “This is a unique situation, for what motivates elementary students is different than middle school students. This goes with staff as well.”

Subasic, who also is a firefighter for Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department and a lacrosse coach at Wheeling Jesuit University, said he plans to continue his work for which he received a Distinguished Scholar Award in 2017. He said he hopes that the program at Warwood will continue to grow under his leadership.

Subasic praised Warwood — which serves students from pre-K through the eighth grade — for its connections to the community because a majority of the students still walk to school there.

The new principal began his career at Elm Grove Elementary School as a multicategorical special education teacher before becoming an assistant principal at Warwood in 2015. He then took the role an assistant principal at Wheeling Park High School for two years.

In other business, the board recognized two Ritchie Elementary School employees for their work during the past school year.

Suzy Miller, who teaches kindergarten, is the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year, while Patricia Kady, who is an instructional aide, is the 2018-2019 Service Personnel Employee of the Year. Both of them were nominated by their peers in the district.

Miller has worked at four of the elementary schools in Ohio County, including Madison Elementary School; Woodsdale Elementary; Warwood; and Ritchie.

“Ms. Miller’s innovative ideas and her genuine concern for students are commendable,” said John Jorden, principal of Ritchie Elementary.

The Ritchie principal also introduced Patricia Kady when she received her award.

“Kady takes care of her students, even if it means spending her own money to get them shoes or a hot meal,” said Jorden who also said Kady’s positive attitude and love of children are reflected in her work.

Miller and Kady said they were honored to receive the awards. Both of them received a standing ovation as they received their awards for their dedication to children.

“I am honored to bring this award home to Ritchie Elementary School,” said Miller. “I am surrounded by great people that love what they do.”

Kady agreed.

“I am humbled and honored and proud to be a part of the Ritchie family,” she said.