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Superintendent Dr. Jeff 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 in June 2019, before returning to Lorain.

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. 



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.



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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 School 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 a 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.


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Ross May's focus is on Strategic Planning, Data & Process as it pertains to district-wide improvement. He 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.