Meet the School Leaders

  • Executive Director of Secondary Academies: Daniel Garvey is a native Clevelander returning to his hometown after more than a decade away. He most recently served as the General Director of Schools for Universidad Central Del Este (UCE) in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. In this role he led two bilingual K-12 schools, facilitated an international professional development program and taught education courses for aspiring educators. He firmly believes every child should be afforded the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. Mr. Garvey began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in the Mississippi Delta where he taught secondary English Language Arts and Spanish. He was recognized as the district's teacher of the year for his leadership of the school's turnaround effort. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in international relations, diplomacy and political science with a minor in Spanish. He has a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Columbia University in New York and a post-graduate degree in executive management from Barna Management School. His professional interests include adult development, leadership, and cultural identity. On a personal level, he loves to travel, to learn new languages, and to serve others. He also enjoys dancing (salsa, merengue, bachata) and outdoor activities.

    Building Administrator: Tim Jama has lived his entire life in Lorain and is a graduate of Lorain City Schools. He has been employed with Lorain City Schools for 26 years as both a teacher and administrator. He graduated from Kent State University and has a Master’s Degree from Ashland University. As an administrator he has worked at all grade levels. As a building leader he always puts students first when making decisions. Mr. Jama has been married for 19 years and has two beautiful girls, ages 7 and 3. He loves to spend time with family and loves to travel.

    Director of Early College: Amanda Haney is the Director of Early College Academy. She has worked for Lorain City Schools for three years. She has worked for Lorain County Community College thirteen years in various roles. She continues to work with LCCC as a partner with Lorain City Schools. Amanda is also an Adjunct Professor for LCCC and an Academic Advisor. Amanda loves her job and is committed to helping students find their paths. She strives to provide the possibility of a college education to all high school students. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, coaching or helping with her children’s sports, running and being a food connoisseur.

    Director of Success Academy: Mic Becerra previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Lorain City Schools, where he worked with secondary education. After graduating from high school, Mic served four years in the United States Air Force. After an Honorable Discharge from the military, he attended the University of Akron where Mic 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. He 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 Mic created an Autism teaching model that became well-known throughout the area. His first principal ship was at Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio, and served his last principal’s position as principal of North Royalton High School. As principal, Mic 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. Mic 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.”