Fall eNewsletter

SESC welcomes new Manchester Superintendent Shaun Morgan!

Bringing almost 30 years’ experience to his current position, Shaun has taught junior high and high school math, as well as high school English/CBI, and served as Assistant Principal (seven years) and Principal (six years) at Springfield Local.

“I love young people,” Shaun tells SESC, “and have truly enjoyed making an impact in students’ lives at each stop along my journey in education.”

One of his favorite moments was when a young man “who was in my office daily as a freshman at Springfield” walked across the stage at graduation — proudly — and yelled “I did it, Ma!”

Shaun appreciates what Summit ESC provides for schools around the area. “The ESC has excellent behavioral specialists — Jessica Campagna and Kim Labriola are great at helping students with issues,” he says.

A family man at heart, Shaun and his wife have two boys and two girls — a high school junior, an eighth-grader, and two sixth-graders — who attend North Canton City Schools.

Join us in welcoming this superintendent to his new position!

Corey Hoynacke — Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Previously, Corey taught English at Mayfield High School, was the Middle School Assistant Principal in Mentor, and was Unit Principal at Hudson High School.

“I never want to stop learning!” Corey says. “I was drawn to this position and the ESC to have the opportunity to work with amazing educators all over the state and continue to grow as an educator. I’ve coached, taught, and been an administrator, and each role brought different challenges — but also allowed me to create unique bonds with so many different people.”

Before coming to his current position at the ESC, Corey was surprised at just how many districts and schools we actually work with.

Something you may find interesting about Corey: “I’ve played trumpet since I was 11 years old, and was in a ska band in high school. We even won a battle of the bands at the old Peabody’s DownUnder in downtown Cleveland! Our band name was Kid Street Theater.”

Here’s a little more about him …

Jeff Ferguson — Director of Administrative Services.

Jeff has 35 years behind him — as an English teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Superintendent (Tallmadge Schools)! He’s excited to be part of the ESC team and to have the ability to serve in a role that creates better opportunities for excellence in education for students in partner districts. 

One of the facets of the ESC that Jeff loves is that “if a partner district identifies a need, we will help provide or create a service to meet that need.”

Jeff just got a new puppy and says: “I forgot how much fun it is … and how much work!”

Here’s a little more about him …

In addition to welcoming Jeff and Corey on staff recently, Summit ESC has about 140 new hires so far this school year.

We’re grateful to be growing — for the good of the schools we’re privileged to be partnered with in Summit and Portage Counties!


SESC wishes to commend the following professionals for their achievements!

  • With the much-deserved attention being given to mental health issues these days, Summit ESC is hearing more and more how crucial these services are. Our Director of Student Services and Wellness Initiatives, Kristin Fazio, says:

Dr. Kevin Lorson of Wright State University, who is our HOPES project facilitator, is “very impressed” with the work we are doing and finds our Mental Health Advisory Committee, comprised of stakeholders in the realm of mental health and social services, to be very proactive. This partnership has resulted in a whole host of free trainings and supports to our districts such as Suicide Prevention Training, Crisis Postventions Sessions (attended by area superintendents), Trauma-informed classrooms and restorative practice sessions, as well as the expansion of our PAX program services and offerings.

Also noteworthy:

  • Dr. Carrie Spangler received national recognition for her work as an Educational Audiologist. She was elected to be a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), one of the highest forms of acknowledgment given by ASHA for outstanding professional achievement.

  • EI Consultant Rossana Torres continues to be sought out for support in serving English Language Learners in Northeast Ohio.

Heartfelt congratulations to each professional above. You deserve to be recognized for your dedication and hard work. You make us proud!

The Benefits of professional development

Professional development opportunities are key to your investment in the educational realm and allow you to: 

  1. Learn new skills …
  2. Stay up-to-date on current trends … and
  3. Advance your career*

Making use of best practices, meeting other professionals, and really sharpening your knowledge in your field makes for a better, brighter outlook day to day — and a more promising future!

Because you’re going for it and taking ownership of your career, you’re much more likely to achieve success and meet your goals. Plus, it boosts confidence and credibility … increases potential and hireability … and can provide networking opportunities for you!*

In light of all this, why not make professional development with Summit ESC a goal for your benefit in the months ahead?

Whether you’re looking for on-demand courses, Graduate Credit, or otherwise, you and your colleagues have a wide variety of workshops, training events, and more at your disposal!

For upcoming virtual and in-person professional development opportunities you won’t regret attending, click here to check out what’s offered in the coming weeks, to register for what interests you most, and to learn more!

Thank you for allowing SESC to be a positive part of your educational and professional experience!

*Source: WebCE.

Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools

The Ohio Department of Education has contracted with Summit Educational Service Center to provide services and assistance to Northeast Ohio nonpublic schools that received an Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) Final Service Amount.  

The SESC will provide services and assistance to these nonpublic schools on behalf of the ODE and in accordance with the CRRSA Act and U.S. Department of Education guidance on the EANS program. 

In addition, the SESC will assist the ODE in meeting all compliance, monitoring, and reporting responsibilities for the provision of services and assistance to these nonpublic schools.

For additional information or resource, click here 

Or if you have questions, please contact Jeff Ferguson at 
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