Principal: Deborah Pustulka brings more than two decades of service with her as she returns to the role of Palm Elementary School principal. The 22-year veteran of the district served as principal of Palm from 2009 to 2018 before returning to the classroom, as a teacher, at both Stevan Dohanos and Larkmoor elementary schools for the past two school years, respectively. Prior to her principal role at Palm, Pustulka began her career with the district as a teacher; worked in curriculum resource; served as a building manager and worked in computer intervention over the span of a decade. She holds both a five-year professional principal’s license and superintendent’s license.
Dean of Academics: Dorinda Hall has held various teaching, instructional coaching and administrative positions within the Lorain City School District since 2004 and has been a teacher since 1997. She was recognized as a Martha Holden Jennings Fellow in Ohio for her dedication to fostering excellent teaching and deep learning. Dorinda holds a Bachelor of Science from Central State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Cleveland State University. Her administrative license was obtained from the Center of Educational Leadership - College of Education and Human Services at CSU respectively. Throughout her teaching tenure, Mrs. Hall has served in various leadership roles in and outside of the LCS District. She has served as an advisor and facilitator with the Educator’s Knowledge Network through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Multi-tiered System of Supports Advisor, Professional Learning Steering Appointee, and LCS district leadership team. As an agent of change, Dorinda has led and continues to lead action research promoting inclusive practices and is a member of the LCS Policy Committee to help drive scholar-first initiatives. She is an advocating mom to so many children in the Lorain School District.
Dean of Scholar & Family Engagement: Julie Colaizzi is currently an instructional leader in Charles County, Maryland and resides in Virginia. Mrs. Colaizzi has 13 years of experience in education, 10 of those years were spent teaching in the elementary classroom. In her current role, Mrs. Colaizzi coordinates state and local testing, coordinates the Gifted Education program, and provides professional development for teachers. Mrs. Colaizzi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA and her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Mrs. Colaizzi graduated high school from Olmsted Falls, Ohio. She ventured down South with her husband after graduating college to embark on her educational journey. She is thrilled to be moving back to Ohio with her husband and two children!