2014 - 2015













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Ron Abate, Professor

Ron received his teaching degree from Central Connecticut State College and a Master's and Ph.D from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A member of the faculty of the College of Education at Cleveland State University for twenty-six years, Ron's area of specialty is educational technology

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Julie Beers, Principal

Julie receiver her teaching degree from Notre Dame College and Master's Degree and Principal's certificate from John Carroll University. She taught in Shaker Heights and served as Principal in Cleveland Heights. This is her fifth year in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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Dora Bechtel, 1st Grade

Dora received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education along with her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Endorsement from Cleveland State University. Dora obtained the level of Master Teacher from the State of Ohio and is currently enrolled in the Inspired Leaders Program at Cleveland State. This is her 14th year teaching grades Prek-3rd in Cleveland. Along with teaching, she loves being active with her husband and 2 daughters.

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Ryan Albright, Physical Education Teacher

Ryan received his teaching degree in Physical Education from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and his Master's degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction. Ryan, a die hard Cleveland sports fan, has taught in the district for 13 years.

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Karla Arens, Second Grade Teacher

Karla is in her 17th year in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She has a Masters of Arts in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Education from John Carroll University. She previously worked as a probation officer for juveniles in Cuyahoga County. She spends most weekends at a sporting event for one of her two children and loves every minute of it.


Valerie Biggs-Hill pictureValerie Biggs-Hill,Librarian

Valerie Biggs-Hill, Interim Librarian,Valerie graduated from Ohio University. She has been employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for over twenty years. Valerie enjoys gardening, interior decorating and of course, reading.