THEODORE JEBENS, M.Ed.
Ted Jebens grew up in Southwestern Ohio in the city of Forest Park. After graduating from high school in 1988, he was recruited to play soccer at Missouri Valley College. He later transferred to attend The Ohio State University. After graduating from OSU in 1994 with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, he immediately began teaching in the Cincinnati Public School district. While teaching at a variety of schools, he continued his education at the University of Cincinnati in the Administrator Development Academy where he received a graduate degree in Educational Administration in 1998.
After seven years of teaching, in 2001 he was named Assistant Principal of Parham School in the community of Evanston. He helped transform Parham to an Excellent School rated by the Ohio Department of Education. After serving as an Assistant Principal in several schools, he was promoted to Principal at Quebec Heights School in Price Hill. During his time at Quebec Heights, he was able to raise the test scores by double digit percentage points on 93% of the state indicators, increase the attendance rate by 3% and increase the student population by 26%. Due to a change in student population in the district, Quebec Heights was closed to address the reduction in population.
Ted then transferred to the Middletown City School District to become the Principal of Rosa Parks Elementary School. For years Rosa Parks was underperforming on the state report card. During the time Mr. Jebens was at Rosa Parks, he was able to raise the test scores by double digit percentage points on 75% of the state indicators, achieve a 20% reduction in disciplinary incidents and serve on a multitude of district committees. His leadership helped Middletown City Schools pass the 2014 Bond Issue to build several new buildings. Additionally, the increase in test scores allowed him to be only 1 of 26 schools in the entire state to be awarded the 2013 Ohio Department of Education High Progress School of Honor. He was also recognized by the United States Senate for his transformation of the school.
After his time in Middletown, Ted returned back to the Cincinnati Public School district to Covedale Elementary School. While at Covedale, Ted continued with his tradition of turning schools in a positive direction. He has improved Covedale’s new report cards grades in 7 of the 8 components of the Ohio Report Card, increased instructional time by 10%, and increased student achievement on the 3rd grade assessment by 32%.
Ted also dedicates his free time to giving back to the community. He has served on the North Fairmount Community Council and the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Union Bethel social service agency for 17 years. He also is an active member of the Hamilton County Sheriff Department’s Special Deputy Division for the past 10 years.
Ted currently lives in Liberty Township with his wife Shelly. He has 3 children who are all grown and living their own lives. His personal interests include his church, staying physically active and spending time with his family.
Ted believes all schools should have high expectations for all students. He expects all staff to provide a high quality of teaching and support to enable students of every race, income group and ability level to achieve.