Interim CEO, Greg Ring

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The Lorain Academic Distress Commission named Greg Ring interim Lorain Schools Chief Executive Officer, December 11, 2019.

Mr. Ring comes to Lorain, having served as Superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County from 2012 to August 2018, when he retired. Additionally, he was Firelands Local Schools Superintendent between 2008 and 2012.

He has displayed a passion for serving in this role, stating: “I believe there have been some positive accomplishments in the Lorain City Schools and I want to do everything I can to assure the district continues to improve. This has been a challenging road for everyone involved, and my hope is to work in a spirit of cooperation to move the district toward its full potential in the interest of our students.”

The Lorain Academic Distress Commission was established by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April of 2013, pursuant to Section 3302.10 of the Ohio Revised Code. The goal of the commission is to improve academic achievement of the Lorain City School District so that its graduates are prepared to successfully enter a career, military or college pathway upon graduation. Working together with students, teachers, staff and community members in Lorain, Mr. Ring is now charged with leading the district in continuing progress toward meeting this goal. 

Treasurer, Tia Kearney

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Tia Kearney is a proud member of the Titan family. Since joining the Lorain City Schools District in July of 2016, she has worked in several different capacities in the areas of human resources and finance.  She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.  While filling the district’s Treasurer position, Tia is committed to providing the highest level of fiscal integrity in management and reporting to our students, parents, partners and the community.

Chief of Schools, LaKimbre Brown

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Chief of Schools, LaKimbre Brown, works to develop and maintain structures to support Lorain’s scholars and their learning and helping cultivate excellence in school leadership throughout Lorain. Brown was born in Florida and moved with her family to Illinois when she was in high school. Her career in education has focused on developing school leadership in large districts throughout the country. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her masters of education from Arizona State University. Brown taught math and science in Oakland, California for four years. She later earned her doctorate of education from Mills College, while serving as Principal at Milani Elementary School, just outside of Oakland, CA. She was named Principal of the Year during her time as a principal, and Fulbright scholar which led to more opportunities to create transformational change in schools. Previously, Brown served as Instructional Superintendent with D.C. Public Schools, instituting systems that support principals and providing impactful coaching that helped school leaders develop in their roles. As a result, 10 out of her 12 schools made significant gains this past year. Brown is regarded as one of the most impactful instructional superintendents in DC public schools.

Chief of Operations, Jeff Hawks

Photo of Jeff Hawks Jeff Hawks has worked in the Lorain City School District for more than 30 years in many different capacities. In his current role as Chief of Operations, he is dedicated to creating school environments in which scholars can thrive. Hawks continues to work to transform the way we think about operating, allocating resources and achieving educational equity throughout the organization. Hawks grew up in Lakewood, earned his B.A. from the University of Phoenix and taught Building Trades and Criminal Justice at Lorain High School and Admiral King High School for 10 years. He was then appointed Assistant Principal at Admiral King High School, later serving as Director of Public Safety for the district before moving to Lorain’s Department of Operations in 2006.

Chief Equity and Achievement Officer, Kenan Bishop

Embedded Image for:  (2019830115437875_image.png) Chief Equity and Achievement Officer, Kenan Bishop leads the curriculum, instruction and assessment programs with a focus on creating and implementing equity policies that respond to scholars’ experience and prepare scholars to compete on a global level. Previously, Bishop served as the founding executive director for the Akron and Canton Preparatory Schools, where he guided the collaborative work of a team of school leaders. Their work systematized achievement and culture, allowing Canton College Preparatory School to become the highest performer in the county within the school’s first year of operation. Husband, father and church elder, Bishop has over 15 years of experience teaching, leading, training and equipping leaders within Ohio schools. He earned his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University.

Chief of Staff, Elena Rivera

Photo Elena Rivera Chief of Staff, Elena Rivera works with the CEO and in collaboration with the rest of the administrative leadership team to ensure efficient communication among school leaders, manage calendars and scheduling to ensure that operations run smoothly, and implement and manage procedures that increase operational efficiency.  Rivera previously worked as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent in Lorain City Schools Rivera was born and raised in Lorain, and she is a proud graduate of Lorain City Schools.
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