Faculty & Staff

Menlo Park Academy is home to a wide range of exceptional and passionate educators and administrative professionals. Each faculty and staff member brings a unique set of skills suited for educating the whole gifted child. Click the biography links below to read more about each of our amazing team members.

Leadership Team


  Ms. Beverley Veccia, School Director
  Director@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Mr. Jim Kennedy, School Counselor and Dean of Students
  Jim.Kennedy@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Mr. Doug Thompson, Dean of Curriculum and Gifted Instruction
 Doug.Thompson@MenloParkAcademy.com 
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 Ms. Amber Oxley, Director of Institutional Advancement
 Amber.Oxley@MenloParkAcademy.com
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Administrative Support


  Ms. D. Cella Gallagher, Technology Coordinator
 Cella.Gallagher@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Ms. Melissa McCarthy, Administrative Assistant
 Melissa.McCarthy@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Ms. Jennifer Ingraham, Marketing and Admissions Coordinator
 Jennifer.Ingraham@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Dave Massa, Massa Financial Services, LLC, Treasurer
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Beverley Veccia
School Director

Ms. Veccia’s professional background encompasses experience as a classroom teacher, lead curriculum teacher, media specialist, school improvement supervisor, and manager/coordinator for both the special education and gifted education programs. She brings extensive experience in curriculum and instruction, school climate, and management at both the school and central office levels.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Veccia has planned and implemented many professional development workshop sessions for administrators, teachers, school psychologists and counselors in gifted pedagogy, gifted compliance and identification, differentiation strategies, cooperative group learning, Socratic Seminar, writing portfolios, hands-on Math, and more. She is joining the MPA community having most recently served the past nine years as the Gifted Coordinator for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  In this role she oversaw the entire District’s Pre-K thru Grade 12 Gifted, Advanced Placement, Acceleration, and Early Entrance to Kindergarten Programs. Ms. Veccia holds a Principal License grades Pre-K thru 9, Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, License in Gifted Education K-12, and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Teaching K-8.

Ms. Veccia resides in Beachwood with her daughter.

 

Jim Kennedy
Dean of Students Guidance Counselor

From Mr. Kennedy’s experience as an administrator, teacher, and counselor, he has learned that students face many obstacles that can hinder their success. Upon earning a Master’s degree from San Diego State University in school counseling, he vowed to ensure that every student is entitled to a quality and rigorous education that will prepare them for the future and contribute to their success as adults. School counselors play a vital role in ensuring that all students are given equitable access to education and that all of their personal-social, academic, and career needs are met.  Mr. Kennedy fully embraces the notion that school counselors are advocates for students and that they can empower students to advocate for themselves. He also believes that every student has the potential to perform at their absolute highest ability. As the assistant director and school counselor, Mr. Kennedy strives to ensure that he does everything he can to assist the students of Menlo Park Academy in this endeavor.

While working as an administrator and teacher in a diverse school in Cleveland, Ohio, and as a counselor in two urban schools in San Diego, California, Mr. Kennedy became aware of the multitude of issues that students are faced with on a daily basis. These issues can include academic concerns, family problems, social issues, community safety, and so on.  All of these matters can affect a student’s ability to reach his or her full potential. However, with these roadblocks in place, these students put forth hard work in order to succeed. Witnessing these courageous students triumph in the face of challenge was one of the most rewarding experiences that he has ever had.

Mr. Kennedy believes that recognizing and believing in a student’s potential is one of the best things an administrator and counselor can do.  Every student has great potential in them to succeed.  Counselors are a vital role to these students because they can offer them the support they need to realize their ability even in the face of difficulty.  By using data to determine a school’s needs, administrators and counselors can ensure that all students are being given the resources they need to be successful. As Richard Nixon said, "The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."  It is Mr. Kennedy’s goal to help the students of Menlo Park Academy reach their highest mountain.

 

Doug Thompson
Dean of Curriculum & Gifted Instruction

Mr. Thompson graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and a Gifted and Talented Endorsement. He spent seven years as the head teacher in a first grade classroom and tutored students in kindergarten through sixth grade in math, reading, and test preparation. After spending several years leading a first grade classroom at MPA, Mr. Thompson joined the administrative team. 

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, sports, being outdoors, playing guitar, cars, and working on and riding motorcycles. He enjoys sharing his love of learning with students. 

 

Mrs. D. Cella Gallagher
Technology Coordinator
  

Mrs. Gallagher earned her Bachelor’s in History and a Master of the Teaching Arts Degrees from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Virginia.  She taught Science and Language Arts at Vernon Johns School in Petersburg, Virginia before moving to Swift Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County Virginia where she taught Social Studies for 6 years. In 2006, she moved to the school division’s Technology Department where she was an Instructional Technology Integrator for middle and high school Social Studies; teaching teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons. In 2012, she and her husband moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she took a position teaching computers and Social Studies at Noble Academy Cleveland.  

As you would expect Mrs. Gallagher enjoys visiting historical sites where ever she goes. She loves learning about the past and its effects on the present. She often combines her historical excursions with hiking and biking. She especially likes hiking in the National Parks, and has twice been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Since moving to Cleveland, she has rediscovered biking. She and her husband love to ride their bikes on the Ohio and Erie Canal Trail and often ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to Akron and ride their bike back to Cleveland. 

Mrs. Gallagher is thrilled to join the Menlo Park Academy Community. She looks forward to all the exciting innovations that are happening in technology at the school this year and in the future.

 

Ms. Melissa McCarthy
Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Melissa McCarthy started working with children in a daycare setting in 1994.  Over the years she has had many different positions including center director and has been the lead teacher in classrooms varying in age from 6 weeks to 12 years.  Ms. McCarthy attended Cuyahoga Community College with a major in Early Childhood Education and has recently renewed my Child Development Associate granted by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Ms. McCarthy loves reading in many genres and watching HGTV. Her secret vices are watching Mythbusters and playing Lego video games.Ms. McCarthy is very excited to be joining MPA this school year.  She is looking forward to supporting the children, parents and teachers and fostering great communication.

 

Dave Massa
Treasurer

Biography coming soon.

 

Amber Oxley
Director of Institutional Advancement

Ms. Oxley joined MPA in 2013 after a six-year tenure at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). During her time there, Ms. Oxley worked in development and alumni relations across the University.  Ms. Oxley has spent her career working in nonprofit administration in development, communications, and constituency management roles.  Ms. Oxley holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and Masters in Organizational Development and Change Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. 


Kindergarten
Ms. Jessica Burgess
Jessica.Burgess@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Kindergarten
 Ms. Christina Cardellini 
 Christina.Cardellini@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 First Grade
 Ms. Jamie Schaedel
 Jamie.Schaedel@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 First Grade
 Ms. Gabriela DelValle
 Gabriela.DelValle@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Second Grade
 Mr. Sean MaKinster
 Sean.MaKinster@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Second Grade
 Mrs. Laura Hodge
 Laura.Hodge@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Instructional Assistant Grade 1/2
 Ms. Grace Coyne
 Grace.Coyne@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Third Grade
 Ms. Cassie Marusa
 Cassie.Marusa@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Third Grade
 Mrs. Rachel Mabe
 Rachel.Mabe@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Fourth Grade
 Mr. Eamon O'Donnell
 Eamon.ODonnell@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Fourth Grade
 Mr. Matthew Doubrava
 Matthew.Doubrava@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Instructional Assistant Grade 3/4 
 Ms. Emily Carter
 Emily.Carter@MenloParkAcademy.com
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Biographies - Grades K-4

Ms. Jessica Burgess
Kindergarten 

Ms. Jessica Burgess graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Since graduating, she has spent three years teaching as a Title 1 reading specialist, 1st grade inner city teacher, and 3rd grade teacher at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Ohio. She has done intense research on gifted students and is excited to put her differentiating skills to work. She is excited to be working in Kindergarten with such powerful young minds.

Ms. Burgess has been heavily involved with athletics at the various schools at which she has attended and taught. She has 20 years experience in the sport of gymnastics and has competed and placed at the state and national level for both high school and college. She also holds two state titles and one national title in competitive cheerleading. She has actively volunteered in her high school’s athletic office helping to manage and support over 200 student-athletes. Ms. Burgess believes wholeheartedly in the concept of a “student-athlete” and knows that sports have the ability to greatly empower students and help them strive for their highest potential.

In her spare time, Ms. Burgess enjoys tending to her year-round garden, cooking, and renovating her new home in Akron. She enjoys spending time with her family and her Newfoundland dog, Malcolm “Gladwell”. She is very excited to be working with the student and parent community at Menlo. 

 

Ms. Jamie Schaedel
First Grade

Ms. Jamie Schaedel received her bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University in Elementary Education.  She volunteered in an elementary school in Painesville, OH before completing student teaching in an elementary school in Brunswick, OH.

Ms. Schaedel loves being outdoors and reading, as well as watching football and baseball. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog, Bailey and taking him for trips in the car.  She is excited about all the different learners and the wide variety of skills the students have at MPA.

 

Ms. Cassie Marusa
Third Grade 

Ms. Cassie Marusa completed college courses at Cuyahoga Community College while enrolled in high school at Parma Senior High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University with a degree in Education. Ms. Marusa completed her student teaching at Chippewa Elementary in Brecksville.

During her spare time, she loves to not only watch but also play sports. During the Spring Ms. Marusa is a softball coach at Valley Forge High School in Parma. She also loves to play volleyball on a sand volleyball team in the summer. Ms. Marusa loves to spend time with her friends and family.. She also loves shopping, especially at Target. She is excited to work with the students at MPA and see all of their accomplishments as she prepares her students for fourth grade. Ms. Marusa loves the parent involvement at Menlo as well as her colleagues and is excited to continue her journey her at MPA.

 

  Middle School Mathematics
  Mrs. Katie Theiss
  Katie.Theiss@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Middle School Mathematics
 Ms. Amy Bogucki
 Amy.Bogucki@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 High School Mathematics
 Mr. Nick Pennypacker
 Nick.Pennypacker@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Middle School Science
 Mrs. Brittany Harraman
 Brittany.Harraman@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Middle and High School Science
  Dr. Elizabeth Klipfell
  Elizabeth.Klipfell@menloparkacademy.com
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 Middle School Social Studies
 Mr. Daniel Pernod
 Daniel.Pernod@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Middle and High School Social Studies
 Mrs. Jessica M. Smith
 Jessica.Smith@menloparkacademy.com
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  Middle School English Language Arts
  Ms. Jordan Nicholas
  Jordan.Nicholas@menloparkacademy.com
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  Middle and High School English Language Arts
  Mr. Adam Turski
  Adam.Turski@menloparkacademy.com
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Biographies - Grades 5-8


Mrs. Katie Theiss
Middle School Mathematics

Mrs. Theiss graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in middle childhood education. Her concentration areas are Mathematics, Social Studies, and Reading. Since then she taught fifth, sixth, and seventh grade mathematics and reading at a charter school in Cleveland. She gained experience there in ability grouping her students and working in a team teaching environment. 

Mrs. Theiss went on to provide direct service to smaller groups of middle school students in the Lakewood school system. She is excited to partner with the staff and families of Menlo Park Academy to deliver an outstanding middle school math program.

In her free time, Mrs. Theiss serves as a swim team coach. She is also a member of the Ohio Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics and several other math educator organizations

 

Ms. Amy Bogucki
Middle School Mathematics 

Ms. Amy Bogucki graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Math and Social Studies as well as a Reading Endorsement.  She completed Her student teaching was completed at East Woods Elementary School in Hudson, Ohio.

Ms. Bogucki loves playing and watching any kind of sport, as well as painting,drawing, and many types of crafting.  She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Ms. Bogucki is excited about the opportunity to get to know a great staff and student body as well as the community surrounding Menlo Park Academy. 


Mr. Daniel Pernod
Middle School Social Studies

Mr. Daniel Pernod received his bachelor’s in History and a Master Degree in Integrated Social Studies from the University of Akron.  He taught 8-12 grade Social Studies at a private school for 6 years, and taught at-risk high school students for 1 year. While at the private school, he organized educational travel to Washington D.C., Chicago, New York City, and Paris, France. 

In his free time, Mr. Pernod enjoys running. He runs the Cleveland and Akron half marathon every year, and runs at least 4-5 days a week. He and his wife spend much of their summer traveling, and have visited about 35 countries. This year, they went to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. The Pernods also love America, and have visited 39 of the 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Mr. Pernod is excited for all of the possibilities the year holds.  He finds the students at MPA to be highly motivated, inspired, and creative.  The students go beyond his expectations on projects, and that keeps him challenged to come up with lessons that will push them. He thinks it is a lot of fun!


Mrs. Jessica M. Smith
Middle and High School Social Studies

Mrs. Jessica M. Smith was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies from Cleveland State University and received her Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a license in 7-12 Integrated Social Studies from the University of Akron.

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys traveling with her husband, taking their dog for walks in the park and golfing. She is excited to be joining the MPA team full time to work with the students and on academic programs and events.

 

Ms. Brittany Harraman
Middle School Science

Mrs. Harraman graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in middle childhood education with concentration in mathematics and science.  She then went on to earn her Masters of Education from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in 2009.

Prior to joining MPA she taught middle school math and science at a charter school in Cleveland.  Previously,  she worked as an educational specialist in an out of school enrichment program in Cleveland Heights.  During her substitute teaching experiences, she completed a long term position in a middle school gifted program where she learned a great deal about teaching many unique ability levels.  She loves to share her passion for learning with her students and hope they love it as much.

Originally from Marion, Ohio, she has now been living in North Ridgeville for five years and loves to continue exploring all Cleveland has to offer!  In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, spending time with family, and being outdoors.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Klipfell
Middle and High School Science

Dr. Klipfell graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.  She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Integrated Bioscience with a focus on Cell and Developmental Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006.  After receiving her doctorate from Penn State,she took a research position at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute where she used mouse models focusing on cardiovascular diagnostics and preventatives,as well as some cancer therapeutic studies. Her individual and collaborative contributions have rewarded her with authorship on a couple of high impact publications,including a second author Nature manuscript.  Her research at both the academic and corporate level has provided her with invaluable experience to help students relate course concepts to the real world, and to learn the practice of science as well as theory.

Dr. Klipfell then transitioned from scientific research to science education.  She obtained her Integrated Science AYA 7-12 teaching license from Ashland University in 2014.  She has also served as a program assistant, scientific advisor, associate editor, and Ashland adjunct faculty for Believe in Ohio,an Ohio Academy of Science STEM entrepreneurship program. Her involvement in this program brings the knowledge and experience to also serve as MPA’s Entrepreneurship and Engineering Program Coordinator.

 

Ms. Jordan Nicholas
Middle School English Language Arts

Ms. Nicholas graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Language Arts and Mathematics.  She completed her student teaching at Shiloh Middle School in Parma, OH and served as an algebra tutor at BWU.

While attending BWU, Ms. Nicholas was an active member of the Phi Mu sorority. In her spare time, Ms. Nicholas likes to spend time with her friends and family, watch movies, and just relax with her cat. Ms. Nicholas enjoys making a difference in the lives of each of her students.

  Music, Instrumental
  Mrs. Lindsey Macey
  Lindsey.Macey@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Music, Vocal Grades K-4
  Ms. Shannon Jakubczak
  Shannon.Jakubczak@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Art Grades K-4
  Ms. Amy Kreiger
  Amy.Kreiger@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Middle School Art Grades 5-8
 Mr. John Cycyk
 John.Cycyk@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Physical Education and Health Grades K-8
  Ms. Michelle Slak
  Michelle.Slak@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Middle School Foreign Language Grades 5-8
 Mrs. Cassaundra Luca
 Cassaundra.Luca@MenloParkAcademy.com
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Biographies - Specials

 

Mrs. Lindsey Macey
Music

Mrs. Macey graduated from Youngstown State University in 2010. In addition to music education, Mrs. Macey has acted as a church music director, provided private music lessons, and enjoys being a wife and a mom.

Mrs. Macey has been involved in music since she was young. She has been exposed to many different types of ensemble and performance venues, from junior church choir to high school jazz band to college solo piano recitals.  She has been playing the piano since the sixth grade and she also played the French horn through high school and college. Although piano is her main instrument, Mrs. Macey has learned to play the guitar, banjo, and has even tinkered with the ukulele.

When Mrs. Macey isn’t teaching, listening to, or playing music, she is spending quality time with her family. She has been married to her husband, A.J., for almost three years.  Together they chase around a very busy toddler named Zoey. Knitting and crocheting, crafting, and reading are some of her other favorite past times.

With the support of the Menlo Park Academy community and through the awesome power of music, Mrs. Macey is committed to making each school year successful! 

 

Mr. John Cycyk
Middle School Art 

Mr. John Cycyk is a practicing artist with university experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a master’s degree in Fine Art from New York State University of Buffalo, and a Master in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. He has positions previously at The Noble Academy, Beech Brook, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Mr. Cycyk’s hobbies include cooking, making videos with his daughter, and creating plush one-of-a-kind stuffed animals. His favorite pastime is cooking Italian food.Mr. Cycyk is excited about showing MPA’s students that art is a word that has many meanings and can be applied in other areas of education.


Ms. Amy Krieger
K-4 Art

Ms. Amy Kreiger received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing at Youngstown State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the American University.

Her hobbies include painting and drawing, going to coffee shops, the beach, art galleries/museums, festivals, sports games in the summer, plays, and traveling (especially exploring big cities). Ms. Kreiger’s grew up in a very close family with 6 siblings and two amazing parents (holidays and family vacations traveling in 15 passenger vans are amongst her favorite memories). Her life highlights include being a nanny for a music executive in Los Angeles, California, and living in D.C. throughout grad school. This school year she is excited about not only teaching the students about different art techniques, but taking them on a visual journey through the art movements. 


Ms. Shannon Jakubczak
Vocal & K-4 General Music

Ms. Jakubczak is a graduate of Cleveland State University and was president of the CSU Chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association. She is currently in her fifth season as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has recently toured with them in Germany, France, Luxembourg, New York City, and Miami. She likes to cook and bake, decorate her planner, and spend time with her family-- especially her niece and nephews.

Ms. Jakubczak is excited to be starting her first year as the Vocal and K-4 General Music teacher in the school she's called "home" for the past two years. She is very much looking forward to creating wonderful music with all of her students and watching them grow as musicians.

 

Special Education
Mr. Dennis Costa
Dennis.Costa@MenloParkAcademy.com

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Special Education
Beth Turk
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Reading Enrichment
Kelly Mann
Kelly.Mann@MenloParkAcademy.com
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Guidance Service Providers

Dr. Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D., Psychologist
www.sylviarimm.org 
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Dr. Susan Rakow - LPC, Ph.D.
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Dr. Christine Brewer, Ph.D., Psychologist
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Ms. Anastasia Webb, Clinical Counselor, Supervisor
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Dr. Elaine Semper, School Psychologist
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Ms. Stephanie Persanyi, Speech Therapist 
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Biographies - Services
 

Dennis Costa
Special Education

Mr. Costa caught the teaching bug while a parent volunteer for recess here at Menlo Park Academy several years ago. He attended Notre Dame College’s TEEL (Teacher Education Evening Licensure) Program for two years to complete his core. He hopes to be certified by the end of the school year as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 with an additional certification as a Reading Specialist.  Mr. Costa’s  future endeavours include a Masters in Education and he hopes one day to arrive at his final destination as a Behavioral Specialist.

Mr. Costa is an avid reader of any and everything with aspirations of writing YA Fiction and screenplays and has coached youth soccer for 8 years. Mr. Costa is extremely excited to have finally found a home in education and looks forward to an amazing first year here at Menlo Park Academy.

 

Dr. Sylvia Rimm
Guidance Services

Menlo Park Academy has contracted with Dr. Sylvia Rimm to provide Guidance Services to address the social & emotional needs of our gifted children.  Services will include professional development sessions for our faculty, talks for our parents, and meetings with students.  We are thrilled to add this component to our overall delivery in our continued effort to achieve our mission of developing the potential of gifted learners through appropriate and rewarding experiences that nurture the whole child.  

The following bio information is taken directly from Dr. Rimm's web site, which you can visit for more information at www.sylviarimm.org.  

Dr. Rimm is a psychologist, director of Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Families come from all over the United States for help. 

She has authored many books including How to Parent So Children Will Learnand Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades, both 2008 National Best Books award winners from USA Book News. In addition, Dr. Rimm has written Growing Up Too Fast: The Rimm Report on the secret Lives of America's Middle Schoolers, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, Raising Preschoolers, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, and See Jane Win for Girls.

See Jane Win®, a New York Times Bestseller, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Today shows and in People Magazine. Her book, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. Many parents and educators seek Dr. Rimm's help through her books, tapes, q-cards, and newsletters.

In her parenting column, Dr. Rimm answers hundreds of letters each year from parents and grandparents in her nationally syndicated column with Creators Syndicate.

Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on family and school approaches to guiding children toward achievement, parenting, and the lives of teenagers. She is a dynamic speaker who fascinates audiences, speaking on many topics, tailoring her educational talks to the special themes of the audience. 

Dr. Rimm draws experience and inspiration from her wonderful husband; her very successful children: 2 daughters and 2 sons, and their spouses; and 9 vivacious grandchildren.

Dr. Rimm's expertise on gifted children, parenting, families, teens and tweens, and many more topics, makes her an excellent psychologist, author, columnist and speaker.

 

Susan Rakow, Ph.D.

Susan.Rakow@MenloParkAcademy.com

After teaching middle school and gifted students for 30 years, Susan Rakow, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University. In addition to her secondary English, Reading,  and Gifted certifications, Susan is also a National Board Certified teacher (EA/ELA) and a PRAXIS III Assessor. She is now sharing her experience and expertise by teaching courses that prepare new secondary and gifted teachers.  Dr. Rakow is directing the graduate program in gifted education.

Dr. Rakow started an AP Teacher Support network in collaboration with the GCEDC (Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center.) She was the chair of the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) Middle Grades Division and serves on the national Network Communications Committee. She initiated the Middle Grades Division newsletter "Middle Matters" and has served as its editor. At the state level, Susan is the Chair of the OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children) Higher Education Division. 

Dr. Rakow has presented at state and national conferences around the country and has been a consultant for many of Ohio's school districts as they strive to improve their gifted programming, particularly at the middle school level. 

In collaboration with CSU's Honors Program and College of Science, Dr. Rakow received grants in 2007, 2008, and 2009 from the Ohio Department of Education for Summer Honors Institutes  for gifted 9th and 10th graders. Participants  have had the opportunity to courses taught by university faculty including Flying Circus of Physics, Mathematical Kaleidoscope, Connections, Art, Creative Writing, and Political Science.  In addition, mentoring was provided by CSU  Honors Program students. 

Dr. Rakow is committed to helping schools and teachers to attain the twin goals of excellence and equity by meeting the needs of all of their students, including those with gifts and talents.   She and her husband raised two gifted children who  grew into intelligent, accomplished, loving adults. She also has two delightful grandsons.

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