July 12, 2017 -- At the regular Board of Education meeting on July 11, the Board voted to approve several administrators to join the District’s leadership team.
Karen Liddell-Anderson is the District’s new Director of Student Services. Most recently, Karen was the Director of Special Education at Akron Public Schools for nearly 10 years. During her 30-year career at Akron schools, she also served as the special education coordinator, a middle school assistant principal, and an intervention specialist. Karen was an adjunct professor at Summit College and the University of Dayton for eight years, teaching early childhood education and special education. She holds a master of education degree from North Carolina Central University and a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University, along with several certifications.
The current Director of Student Services, Dr. Jeff Johnston, will be taking the role of Principal of Monticello at Heights Middle School.
Lindsay Baar is the new Coordinator of Student Services. Lindsay most recently served for six years as the principal of Gaitway High School, a school for children with social and academic needs serviced through the Geauga County ESC and Fieldstone Farm. Prior to that, she spent five years at Gaitway as an intervention specialist, and several years as an intervention specialist with the STARS Autism Program. Lindsay holds a master of curriculum and instruction degree from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Findlay, along with several certifications.
The District’s new Athletic Director is Joseph D'Amato. Joseph spent the last two years as the associate athletic director at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. He’s also served as the athletic director of Gesu School in University Heights. Joseph has coached high school basketball and football for six years and has held leadership roles in sports marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Bowling Green State University.
Additionally, Desi Stewart is returning to the District as the Heights High Faculty Manager. Desi’s been with CH-UH as a health and physical education teacher at Monticello and Wiley middle schools, and as the faculty manager and head girls track coach at Heights High. Most recently he worked as the director of athletics for Richmond Heights High School. Desi holds a master of education degree and a bachelor’s degree in physical education.