Dustin D. Knight grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He earned a baccalaureate degree in elementary education at Ohio University. He began teaching in a small rural school district as a full-time substitute. He was a middle school language arts teacher prior to teaching third grade at West Elementary School. He completed his master’s degree in educational administration at Ashland University. He became principal of Bloom Elementary School, Lithopolis, Ohio, in late August, 2002. He returned to Lancaster and worked as the interim principal of West Elementary School for the 2002–2003 school year. He is now the principal of Chief Tarhe Elementary School in Lancaster. He has been a regular presenter at both the OAESA Aspiring Principals Conference and Annual Professional Conference and Trade Show. He and his wife, Gina, enjoy family time with their young children, son Spencer and daughter Chloe. They live in Lancaster with their golden retriever, Mulligan.