TGMS Summer Update

July 19, 2021

A Message from Dr. Jackson

Dear TGMS Families,


I hope that you are having a wonderful summer! The 2020-2021 school year was definitely one to remember, so hopefully you have had a chance to relax with your family and friends.


I wanted to share with you that I have accepted another position within Pickerington Local Schools. Effective August 1, 2021, I will be the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Pickerington Local Schools.


Being the principal at Toll Gate Middle School has been an absolute honor. I will be forever grateful for the amazing opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful students, families, and educators. Toll Gate Middle School will always hold a special place in my heart. Although, I will dearly miss being the principal at Toll Gate Middle School, I am excited to work with students, families, and educators in a different capacity.


Mr. Michael Kauffeld will be taking over for me as the principal of Toll Gate Middle School. Mr. Kauffeld comes to Toll Gate Middle School from the Teays Valley School District. Mr. Kauffeld brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead Toll Gate Middle School.


I wish each of you the best, and have a great rest of your summer!

Introducing Mr. Michael Kauffeld

My name is Michael Kauffeld and I am excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Toll Gate Middle School. I am honored that I was chosen to lead such an amazing school and school community. Even though I have only had limited interactions with my new Pickerington family thus far, I can already tell that it is a unique and special place, one that I am excited to become a part of beginning this school year.


I come to you with 29 years of experience as an educator. I have had leadership roles ranging from the middle school to collegiate levels. I have spent the last 19 years of my career in the Teays Valley School District. My roles were as a teacher at Teays Valley High School, an Assistant Principal at Teays Valley Middle School and the Principal at Teays Valley West Middle School.


My experiences have helped me understand the social, academic and behavioral transitions that young adolescents endure on their journey to becoming adults. My goal is to continue to support the students, staff and community and provide them with tools they need for our students to grow academically and emotionally during these two formative years in their lives.


I believe wholeheartedly that every student deserves a quality education and that only happens when the school and the families work together for the best interests of our children. I am looking forward to building these relationships with all of you.


I am thrilled about this school year and beginning my work with Assistant Principal, Ryan Wells, and our staff to ensure that the students of Toll Gate Middle School have a school year filled with quality instruction and to continue the goal to develop the love for learning for every student.


Best Regards,

Michael Kauffeld