"Breakfast With A Purpose"

Zoraba Q Ross- Bio


Currently serves as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Central Crossing High School located in South-Western City School District.  Mr. Ross’ duties and responsibilities are to assist the Principal in supervision and evaluation of all personnel, through classroom visits and observations, and administer attendance, school conduct and discipline procedures.  Additionally, he is responsible to organize and administer the overall athletic programs which include supervision of the Assistant Athletic Director, coaches, scheduling, facility usage and a sound financial budget.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Ross served as Principal of Groveport Madison Jr. High School located in the Southeast suburbs of Columbus, OH.  While there, his duties and responsibilities were to be the administrative and instructional leader of the total school programs, which included managing all operations and functions, supervising, observing and evaluating staff and the instructional program, establishing a positive school climate, promoting positive communication between the school and community, and managing school resources and budget.  Before his two-year appointment as Principal, he was an Assistant Principal at Groveport Madison High School where he assisted the principal in the aforementioned responsibilities.

Prior to his previous assignments (1999 – 2004), he was employed as Assistant Executive Director at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex (d.b.a. The King Arts Complex).  In this newly created position, he was charged with the responsibilities of the day-to-day management including the supervision of 16 full-time, 5 part-time and numerous seasonal and contracted staff, administering all human resources, review of income and expense and effective use of resources.  In this position, he also served as operations manager in the achievement of all King Arts Complex goals.

From 1995 – 1999, Mr. Ross was employed as Recreation Administration Coordinator for Columbus Recreation and Parks.  His responsibilities included assisting the Assistant Director of Recreation with managing and coordinating 70% of a $29 million budget that encompassed seven major recreation sections of the department.  These areas included community recreation, aquatics, adult and youth sports, culture and performing arts, senior recreation, special events and outdoor recreation education.

Before his assignment with Columbus Recreation and Parks, he spent 5 years teaching physical education for Columbus Public’s largest elementary school – West Broad.  While teaching, he received several awards, including 1991 Ohio State University College of Education Alumni Young Educator of the Year and in 1994, West Broad Elementary Teacher of the Year.

A native of Marion, Ohio, Mr. Ross’ avenue to college came via a full athletic scholarship.  In 1988, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Education.  In July 2003, he obtained his Master of Education in Administration from Ashland University, Ashland, OH.

While attending OSU,  he participated on the track team and served as captain for three years.  During his athletic career at OSU, he held and received several school and Big Ten records and awards.  After his running days as an athlete at Ohio State, Mr. Ross ventured into the coaching field.  First, as a Graduate Assistant Track Coach at Ohio State.  His responsibilities included coaching men’s sprint, developing their mental state, coordinating strength training programs and recruiting.  While there, he had several NCAA All-Americans and qualifiers and Big Ten Champions.

During 1992, he accepted a one-year coaching assignment at West High School in Columbus.  While there, he produced a State Runner-up, District, Regional and City champions and qualifiers.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Ross has been very active in the community serving as a member of the OHSAA/OASSA Principal Advisory Committee, Central Ohio African-American Administrators Networking Group (Breakfast with a Purpose for School Administrators), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), Executive Committee Member for Columbus Public Schools Arts and Communications Academy, The Ohio State University College of Education Alumni Society Advisory Board and USA Track and Field Association; Board Member on National Performance Network (New Orleans, LA), Ohio Arts Performing Network and Central Ohio Y.M.C.A. Future of America Committee; Delegation Leader for People to People Student Ambassador Program; Chair of OSU Black Alumni Advisory Council; Instructor for USA Track and Field Association Youth Clinic, and television host for the Columbus Teen Forum talk show.

Mr. Ross has also co-authored several published articles:

Olverson, Tyrone L., Ross, Zoraba Q, Sampson, Randall G. (2008). Effective Instructional Leadership:How to CRAFT Meaningful Evaluations for Administrators and Educators. Principal Navigator. Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. Vol.3, No.2 January 2008

Olverson, Tyrone L., Ross, Zoraba Q, Sampson, Randall G. (2008).  “Breakfast with a Purpose” for School Administrators. Principal Navigator. Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. Vol.3, No.3 March 2008.

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18 Comments »

  1. Zorb, your bio is very impressive, my greatest hope is to see my sons be and feel successful on a career path they can enjoy, pray for them and thanks for being a friend. DeB

    Comment by DeBorah Hargrave Turner — December 14, 2009 @ 1:56 am | Reply

  2. Thanks! Your sons will be very successful in their careers! Just keep on praying!

    Comment by Zorb — December 22, 2009 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  3. Zoraba, thank you so much for being the brain child behind the group. I have truly enjoyed BWAP meetings. Your bio is very insightful and impressive.

    Comment by Alicia Hinson — January 30, 2010 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    • Alicia,
      Thanks for your encouraging comments. I am so glad you are enjoying the networking and workshops. Please stay connected and continue to share the blog and group with others.

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  4. I am impressed that we are surrounded by African-Administrators who continue to blaze the trail in achievement and education in our community.

    Comment by Ray — January 30, 2010 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

    • Ray,
      Thank you for your continual support and participation with BWAP! You have brought so much insight to the group! Please continue to stay connected! Networking is very important!

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  5. I am very proud of you and your accomplishments. Stay focused and continue to improve schools.

    Comment by Cheryl — January 30, 2010 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

    • Cheryl,
      Thanks for your support! It is people like you who continue to keep me focus on the big picture! Thank you for being the person you are and participating with BWAP! Stay connected and involved!

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  6. This is precisely the reason why I have such great respect for BWAP leadership.

    Comment by D. Christopher Scott — January 30, 2010 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

    • Christopher,

      We are so happy that we can and are able to assist you in your journey! Stay involved….we need your creative thoughts, professionalism, and spirit!

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  7. Zoraba, I’m totally impress but not surprised because you are a trail brazer. God bless you and keep moving forward.

    Comment by Mary Wiley — April 28, 2010 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • Mary,
      Thank you so very much! I’m just trying to do some good in the neighborhood(country)! Please continue to stay connected to the blog and share with others.

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  8. Zorb- You work a sistah hard, but it’s all for the good of others. Glad to be a part of the BWAP family! I really appreciate your commitment to not only helping others but also giving them an understanding of what it’s like day in and out as an administrator in public education. We need more administrators like you in the field. You keep us all on point and often remind us of why we are here. Keep up the excellent work, BWAP is amazing!!!

    Oh, and I went to the Meeting Wizard and clicked the button…LOL!

    See you at the next BWAP meeting (VIRTUALLY)!

    Comment by Ronetta Wards — April 28, 2010 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • I am so humbled by your comments. I do what I do for others becuase I believe it is the right thing to do! That is my passion, joy and spirit! None of it would be possible without the guidance of the “Almighty” upstairs and people such as yourself who have stepped up to assist in great measure with BWAP! So, let me thank you!

      Comment by zorb2 — April 28, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  9. Greetings Zoraba, you are so modest! You failed to mention that you are a global educated. Having taking students to numerous foreign countries to expose them and educated them on the global village. Zoraba, you are such a shining example for our up and coming youth. Keep up the wonderful work you do for our village, county and world!

    Comment by Johari — April 29, 2010 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  10. Impressive, very, keep up the good work Z .

    Comment by Willie McCoy — May 1, 2011 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! I/We will continue to share great resources!

      Comment by zorb2 — May 2, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  11. very very impressive Zoraba.

    Comment by Lisa M Vinson — November 26, 2013 @ 11:39 pm | Reply


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