Administration

Administration & Staff

Seamus O’Hara

School Director

Jerrid Atkinson

Community Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator

Nicole Becher

Director of Social Emotional Services

David Berenson

Guidance Counselor

Jennifer Ingraham

Associate Director of Admissions

Nery Juarez

HR and Finance Coordinator

Anthony Moujaes

Communications Director

David Pannell

Facilities Coordinator

Jenny Polasko

Student Services

Cassie Sponseller

Director of Curriculum and Gifted Education

Barbee Thomas

Systems Director

Seamus O’Hara

School Director

Seamus comes to Menlo Park Academy with more than 13 years of experience in education and instructional leadership. He is a former principal in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Director of Organizational Health and Staff Development with Lorain City Schools and hosts a podcast focused on school leadership. Seamus has also taught science in grades PreK through 12. His commitment to developing the leadership of young people includes over 20 years with the American Youth Foundation. Seamus holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Prior to embarking on his career in education, he was a cartoonist and standup comedian.

Jerrid Atkinson

Community Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator

Nicole Becher

Director of Social Emotional Services

David Berenson

Guidance Counselor

David has worked in School Psychology/Counseling for more than 20 years in non-public and charter school environments. Before that, he was involved in College/University Counseling, Student Life and Residential Life, and as a Wellness/Biofeedback Therapist. He has also held many roles for Cleveland’s Food Co-op. Licensed as a social worker in Ohio, David holds both a master’s degree from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, also having completed post-graduate work at Ashland University and Cleveland State University. He enjoys spending time with his elementary-age daughter. He also enjoys table tennis, tennis, softball, yoga, organic gardening and involvement with peace, environmental and social justice organizations.

Jennifer Ingraham

Associate Director of Admissions

Nery Juarez

HR and Finance Coordinator

Melissa McCarthy

Registrar

Anthony Moujaes

Communications Director

David Pannell

Facilities Coordinator

Jenny Polasko

Student Services

Cassie Sponseller

Director of Curriculum and Gifted Education

Cassandra has been working in the field of education for more than 25 years. She began her career as a teacher in the Massillon City School District. Her passion for gifted learners led her to pursue the field of Gifted Education, and she went on to become the district’s Director of Gifted Programs. Cassandra then joined the Plain Local School District, where she first served as a Building Principal and then as the Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Gifted Programs. Most recently, she enjoyed getting back into the classroom while teaching freshmen at the University of Akron. Cassandra has a bachelor’s degree from University of Akron and a master’s degree from Ashland University. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family. She also participates in sports photography and has a passion for collecting vintage glassware.

Barbee Thomas

Systems Director

Barbee brings to Menlo Park Academy a wealth of background in multiple areas, including internal systems and technology. Most recently, she served as the Director of Information Systems at Urban Community School and St. Ignatius High School. Barbee also has prior experience in fundraising for arts and culture. The native Ohioan has an extensive background in dance. Outside of Menlo, Barbee works with several dance and civic organizations, and makes time to pursue her interest in ornithology.
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