Lorain City Schools has a general operating levy on the ballot November 2nd, which would generate critical funding for teachers, student supports, and instructional supplies. Learn more about ISSUE 37


Dr. Jeff Graham | Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent

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Dr. Graham began his career in education as a Physics teacher at Highland and Wadsworth high schools from 1993 to 1999 before moving on to administrative roles serving as assistant principal of Medina High School from 1999 to 2001, and then principal of Medina High School from 2001 to 2003. He has served as superintendent of Woodridge Local Schools from 2003 to 2010, superintendent of Parma City Schools from 2010 to 2015, superintendent of Lorain City Schools from 2015 to 2018, regional superintendent of 15 schools in the "Best Practices" portfolio for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and superintendent of the Canton City Schools since June 2019. 

Dr. Graham's collaborative leadership style has helped recreate school districts by bringing people together to pass levies, build critical community partnerships, expand wraparound services, improve communication and engagement, and increase opportunities for students to achieve. His commitment to transparency and open communication can be seen through his regularly scheduled listening sessions with various student groups, staff luncheons, parent forums, and open dialogue sessions throughout the community.

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Tia Kearney | Treasurer

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Tia Kearney joined the Lorain City Schools District in 2016, serving in various capacities in the areas of Human Resources and Finance. She earned a BA and MA in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. As district Treasurer, Ms. Kearney is committed to providing the highest level of fiscal integrity in management and reporting to our students, parents, partners and the community.

Michael Scott | Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement

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Michael Scott has been in education for nearly 20 years, with the majority of his career served in Lorain. He was originally hired as an English teacher at Southview High and Admiral King High schools in 2003. He then became Assistant Principal at Southview High School (2008), Principal of General Johnnie Wilson Middle School (2012), and Director of Professional Development (2016). He has also worked with the Oberlin City and Canton City school systems. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green University and Master of Arts from Ashland University. Mr. Scott is responsible for helping to improve the culture for students and staff to thrive, with a focus on the conditions necessary for great teaching and learning to occur.

Ross May | Assistant Superintendent, Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Data & Process

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Ross May has worked in education for 17 years, serving Canton City Schools, State Support Team 3, and North Royalton City Schools before joining Lorain City Schools in 2020 as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Data, and Process. Mr. May earned a BA in Psychology from the College of Wooster and a MA in School Psychology from John Carroll University. Notably, all of Mr. May’s family members have worked within the field of education — his grandmother taught kindergarten, and his parents, wife, and siblings were or are all teachers. He and his wife reside in Sagamore Hills with their two children.

Mary Mayse | Executive Director of Operations

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Mary Mayse comes to Lorain City Schools with not only her love of kids and beliefs in being support to the educational process, but with 40 years of experience in the Parma City Schools. While an employee at Parma Schools, she worked her way through the business department ranks; beginning as a cleaner, bus driver, custodian, maintenance, moving to custodial supervisor, transportation supervisor, then eventually leading the department as Director of Operations. 

Mayse, a 2002 graduate of Alabama’s Chadwick University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science, is accomplished at ensuring the district facilities support and promote an environment conducive to optimal student learning and achievement. In addition to her Bachelor's Degree she has also worked on her Master's in Global Inter-religious Leadership, through Andover Theological School and Certificate of Ministry Program through MVNU.  

Leadership appointments during her 40-year career in the Parma City Schools have drawn praise for doing whatever it takes to successfully run the offices of businesses, transportation, nutrition services, custodial, maintenance, production printing and technology.  During her career, she implemented Parma City Schools’ 2012 consolidation plan; planned, implemented and supervised capital improvement construction projects annually; was awarded the Superintendent’s Extra Mile Award in 2010 and 2012 and served on the negotiation team that successfully negotiated contracts at significant cost savings to the district.

Jeff Keruski | Executive Director of Family & Community Relations

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Jeff Keruski was born and raised in Upstate New York.  At age 16 Mr. Keruski quit school due to his lack of connection to learning and the school he was attending. He later lived with an aunt and uncle, while enrolling in a new school system.  At age 16 Mr. Keruski wrote his life’s message “Change the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone I encounter.”  Mr. Keruski became the first in his family to graduate from high school, and went on to college where he studied hospitality and tourism. Though successful, Mr. Keruski felt a deep void in his heart, and went back to school to earn a Business Education Degree from Oswego State University. Mr. Keruski would later become a high school teacher and coach, for eight years, at the school and district that he had dropped out of, as a teenager. With a Masters and Post-Graduate Degree CAGS from University of New England, Mr. Keruski’s career has been spent as principal at the elementary, middle, and high school level, as well as a district support in his current role as the Executive Director of the Family Office, with Lorain Schools. 

Mr. Keruski is honored and blessed to have five children, who he loves to spend time with: Alaina 26, Joshua 24, Owen 10, Meredith 6, and Liam 4. He and his wife Melissa moved from New York to Ohio after Melissa received a teaching position in the area; allowing them to move closer to her parents. 

Mr. Keruski believes that his life purpose is to serve and he embraces, daily, that belief as he embraces his life’s message, as well.

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Linda Coad | Executive Director of Special Education

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Linda Coad is a lifelong resident of Lorain.  Mrs. Coad received her BA degree in Education from the University of Toledo and her MA in Education Administration from Ashland University.  She began her career in 2003 with the Midview Local School district as an Intervention Specialist. In 2011, Mrs. Coad started her administrative career in Lorain City Schools as a Special Education Supervisor and then later as the Assistant Director of Student Services.  In 2018, Mrs. Coad became the Director of Student Services for the Black River Local Schools for two years.

Rachel Tansey | Executive Director of Federal Programs & Grants

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For the past 26 years, Rachel Tansey has served as a teacher and executive administrator for education institutions including the Columbus Urban League, Elaine High School, Oberlin College, Project GRAD, and Lorain City Schools.  These experiences have provided Ms. Tansey with extensive knowledge of the best educational practices for serving children and the ability to coordinate and lead diverse groups of organizations to work together. 

Ms. Tansey is currently the district’s Executive Director of Federal Program & Grants, and in this capacity, she oversees more than $15 million in federal program fund dollars with the responsibility of maximizing financial resources to best meet student needs and reporting the impact of federal programs through tracking and analysis of student data. 

During her tenure, she has directed several major federal and state grant initiatives including GEAR UP, Smaller Learning Communities, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and a Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant requiring coordination of multiple services for six thousand students and two hundred teachers.  She is certified by the University of Houston as an academic consultant and holds an Ohio Treasurer’s license.  Ms. Tansey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster.

William Ohle | Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction

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Bill Ohle taught at St. Peters School (1993 -1997) before joining the Lorain City Schools in 1997, where he taught at the Middle School and Elementary level for 11 years. He has served as the Success for All (SFA) administrator (2009), Principal of Helen Steiner Rice (2010), School Improvement Specialist (2011-2015) and Director of School Improvement (2015-2020). Mr. Ohle earned his BA at Ashland University and his MA at Bowling Green State University. A proud resident of Lorain, Mr. Ohle still cherishes his experiences, peers and mentors in Lorain City Schools all the way back to kindergarten at Homewood Elementary.  Mr. Ohle’s leadership style is focused on coaching team members to promote growth.

Aretha Taylor-Paydock | Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

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Aretha Taylor-Paydock has more than 20 years of experience in education, serving in various leadership capacities in the Canton City Schools (2013-2019), as an Elementary Building Administrator in Elyria City Schools (2002-2013), and Teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District (1994-2002). Ms. Taylor-Paydock earned a BA in Elementary Education (K-8) from Ashland University, a MS in Education Administration/Supervision from Cambridge College, and Superintendent’s License from Bowling Green State University. She has dedicated her career to building the capacity of teachers and leaders to become reflective practitioners, committed to collective change efforts and leading in a complex education environment.  

Barb Bowen | Executive Director of Student Services and Academic Technology

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Barb Bowen has more than 30 years in education, and has been a part of the instructional technology team in Lorain City Schools since 2009. Ms. Bowen has also served as a teacher for 19 years, and as an Assistant Principal/Program Coordinator for 3 years. She earned her BA in Education from Ashland College, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola of Baltimore and her Principal License from Bowling Green. Ms. Bowen is responsible for leading a team in online instruction, maintaining and training on all software related to classroom instruction, is the district leader for PowerSchool, and oversees the registration department. 

Mic Becerra | Director of Career & Technical Education and Alternative Schools

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Mic Becerra previously served as Director of Success Academy and as Assistant Superintendent of Lorain City Schools, where he worked with secondary education.   After graduating from high school, Mr. Becerra served four years in the United States Air Force. After an Honorable Discharge from the military, he attended the University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education, and a second Bachelor’s Degree in History Education in 1997. 

In 2001, he earned his Master of Educational Administration from Ashland University.  Mr. Becerra began his educational career teaching high school English at Wadsworth High School, and ultimately became an assistant principal at Medina High School.  While at Medina High School he created an Autism teaching model that became well-known throughout the area. Mr. Becerra’s first principalship was at Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio, and served his last principal’s position as principal of North Royalton High School. 

As principal, Mr. Becerra increased Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses at Woodridge and North Royalton High Schools with the focus of increasing rigorous opportunities for all students.  Ultimately, North Royalton City Schools was recognized by the College Board as an AP District Honor Roll (multiple times), which is given out to less than 500 school districts in the United States and Canada. 

Mr. Becerra is a devoted family man to his wife, son, and daughter.  He loves to cook, exercise, and spending “chill time” with his family.  His personal motto is “Lead well, and care about people.”

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Amanda Haney | Director of Early College

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Amanda Haney began her tenure with Lorain Schools, in 2015, where she served as the Titan College/My University Liaison to Lorain County Community College (LCCC). During that time, Ms. Haney served an active role in the planning, continuous improvement and decision-making processes for Titan College. In 2019, Ms. Haney was promoted to the role of Director of Early College Academy (ECA), and in her fifth year with the district, continues to work with LCCC, who is a partner with Lorain City Schools.

Ms. Haney has a MA in education from Cleveland State University, and also serves as an Adjunct Professor for LCCC. Her love and commitment to her profession allows her to help students find their respective paths, while providing the possibility of a college education through the ECA program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, coaching or helping with her children’s sports, and running.

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Diana Miglets | Director of Accounting

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Diana Miglets comes to Lorain City Schools with over 20 years’ experience in fiscal management within both the private and public sectors. As Director of Accounting, Diana is responsible for the management of all the district’s budgets and corresponding audits.  Additionally, Diana supervises the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable teams.

Julie West | Director of Finance

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Julie West joined Lorain City Schools with more than 35 years of experience in school district finance. Julie previously served as Assistant Treasurer at Perkins Local Schools in Sandusky and more recently at Avon Local Schools. As Director of Finance, Julie plays a critical role in assuring the proper fiscal management of the district. Among many of her duties, Julie will assist with the district’s budgeting as well as oversee the Payroll and the Benefits teams. 
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