Meet the Team

  • Communication with students, families, and staff is crucial to the success of Pickerington Schools. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email with any questions or concerns. We always welcome the opportunity to connect with members of our community.

  • Michael Kauffeld, TGMS PrincipalMr. Michael Kauffeld, Principal

    Michael Kauffeld graduated from Capital University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received his Master of Educational Leadership Degree from Ashland University in 2004. Michael coached football at Capital University from 1990 until 1995. He taught and was the Athletic Director at Hamilton Township High School from 1995 until 2002. Michael joined Teays Valley Local School District in 2002. At Teays Valley Local School District, he served as a high school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and principal at Teays Valley West Middle School (an Ohio School to Watch). In 2021, Michael joined Pickerington Schools as the principal at Toll Gate Middle School. His wife, Jennifer, is a principal at South Western City School District. Michael and Jennifer have five children. Mr. Kauffeld may be reached by phone at 614-834-6400 or by email.

  • Dr. Ryan Morford, Toll Gate Middle School Assistant PrincipalDr. Ryan Morford, Assistant Principal

    To speak to Dr. Morford, please call 614-834-6400 or email