Curriculum & Instruction

Our Mission
The Curriculum and Instruction Department is committed to providing educators with high quality professional learning and resources, which lead to building individual and collective capacity for the improvement of student learning and the development of the whole child.

Our Vision
In order to fulfill our mission, the Curriculum and Instruction Department will function as a true professional learning community committed to research and data-based decision making, cooperation, collegiality, mutual support, and sensitivity to the needs of our stakeholders.

Our Goals
  • Provide learning opportunities for teachers and administrators to improve their abilities to implement standards and research-based instructional practices
  • Serve as a support network while strategically growing the capacities of the educators in our area

Matt Young - Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Matt Young
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
(330) 945-5600 x513922

Curriculum Staff:

Pat Clayton
Pat Clayton
Social Studies, Foreign Language Content Consultant
Patricia Clayton is the Social Studies Consultant at the Summit ESC. She served as a classroom teacher, athletic director, faculty advisor for various clubs at Mogadore High School for 25 years. Other state and local roles have included:
ODE Academic Content Standards Advisory Committee
ODE Network of Regional Leaders
ODE Model Curriculum Writer
Ohio Council for the Social Studies
Patricia has written articles for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Ohio Council for Social Studies, served as a lead for a 5-million-dollar federal American history grant, and served as a social studies consultant for Scott Foresman, Houghton Mifflin, and Jarret. Pat was the 2017 Summit County Woman of the Year for Innovation. She has also presented at national, state, and regional conferences.
Sally Gibson
Sally Gibson
Administrative Assistant to Director
Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller
Math Consultant
Consultation Services
Mathematical Content
Curriculum Mapping
Implementing Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics
Incorporating Mathematical Practices in the Classroom
Classroom Discourse
Number Talks
Mathematical Mindsets
Andrea Patt
Andrea Patt
Curriculum Consultant
Andrea has been in the education profession for several years and is currently one of our curriculum consultants at the Summit ESC.  Andrea holds a B.S. Human Ecology concentrating in Human Development and Family Science Degree along with M. Ed in Middle Childhood Education.
She also carries an Advanced Certificate in Administration.  Andrea has been a Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher at Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a Title I Reading Tutor at Streetsboro City Schools.  Andrea was also a Social studies teacher at Constellation Schools LLC. 
Jean Pauna
Jean Pauna
Gifted Curriculum Consultant
My teaching experience began in Minnesota where I taught art for 12 years.  After moving to Ohio, I earned a gifted license and taught gifted for 4 years.  At that point, I became a gifted coordinator and have worked as a coordinator for the last 16 years in a few different areas of the state in that capacity.
I will be Summit ESC's new gifted coordinator.  I will also be helping out in other curriculum areas as needed since  I also have a background in the visual/performing arts as well as gifted certification.
Some duties may include:
  • Gifted identification/overseeing written education plans
  • Helping/advising on acceleration requests
  • Helping to ensure compliance with any ODE requests
  • Holly Schmunk
    Holly Schmunk
    Administrative Assistant
    Angela Terella
    Angela Terella
    Educator Quality Consultant
    Angela is the Summit ESC’s Educator Quality Consultant. She has been a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school levels in various districts throughout Northeast Ohio.  Angela has presented at national, state, and regional conferences.
    Some of the services that Angela provides to districts are as follows:
    RESA Mentoring and Coordination
    OTES, OPES, and OSCES supports
    Value-Added Training
    Writing Across the Curriculum
    Incorporating rigor into content areas
    Technology integration
    Edcite training
    Instructional shift supports
    Debbie Theirl, M.Ed.
    Debbie Theirl, M.Ed.
    English Language Arts/ Literacy Content Specialist K-12
    Debbie Theirl is a consultant with the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as principal, curriculum specialist, Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader, literacy coach, Title I/Federal Programs consultant, and classroom teacher for two Northeast Ohio school districts. Additionally, Debbie serves as a State Support Team Region 8 school improvement consultant.
    Debbie holds the following roles at the state level: 
    --ODE Network of ELA Regional Leader
    --OLAC facilitator
    Some of the services that Debbie provides to districts are as follows:
    --Data Analysis
    --Instructional Coaching
    --Curriculum Mapping
    --Common Formative Assessments
    --Instructional Strategies
    --Ohio’s Instructional Tools and Resources
    --Ohio Improvement Process External Coach
    --Running Record Training and Support
    --Language Arts Supports
    --Writing Supports 
    Matt Young
    Matt Young
    Director of Curriculum and Instruction
    Dr. Missi Zender-Sakach
    Dr. Missi Zender-Sakach
    Science, Health, and Physical Education Content Consultant
    © 2019. Summit Educational Service Center. All Rights Reserved.