West Reserve Educational Services Center recognizes Lake and Geauga County staff – News-Herald

the Western Reserve Educational Services Center recognizes some staff in their regional school district and county-wide program.

The administration worked the first semester of the school year selecting different people, eight of whom were chosen from Lake and Geauga counties. Individuals are recognized for having stepped up their role to become leaders in their field or program.

“We were looking at five different categories, from teachers to administrators within ESCWR, to district management and support staff, from bus drivers to wardens and everything that is going on in that area,” said Shannon Ranta, Program and Education Coordinator. “We’ve made sure to get a wide variety of nominations in these categories for people going above and beyond to get things done this year when it’s been a very tough fight.

“We really wanted to highlight some of the blessings that are happening in the counties because they’ve had to deal with a lot of negative things with COVID, masks, swabs and more to make a difference in the lives of students.”

For the county-wide programs, Isabella Caperton was selected. Caperton, a first-grade teacher at the Cardinal School District, took on a role in the Jordak STARS class, a program for students on the autism spectrum. She is constantly making changes to better support her students, working long hours to make things go as smoothly as possible, a press release said.

Isabella Caperton draws on a whiteboard during class for students in the Jordak Stars program at Jordak Elementary School. (Courtesy of Shannon Ranta)

Under the leadership of the district, Jim Kish was chosen. Kish is the Principal of Westwood Elementary School in the West Geauga School District and has helped create an inclusive and welcoming environment for the students in his school’s Building Resilience in Children program.

For district teachers, Megan Cerbin was chosen. Cerbin works at Fairport Harbor Schools as a Spanish teacher and English coordinator. New to this role, she has worked on updating rosters, selecting students, communicating with families, and providing EL services for K-12 grades.

The others selected were Katie Kendricks at Westwood Elementary School; Angie Fairbanks, nurse at Harding High School in Fairport; Deb Burke and Becky Tressler of the ESCWR Human Resources Department; Katie Hoffmeister, ESCWR Assistant Treasurer; and Donna Zoldack-Cook, who has roles with both the Cardinal School District and the ESCWR.

Janice G. Ball