Buddy Harris

VP of School Improvement Buddy has worked in public education and community organizations for over twenty-five years. Prior to joining CSS, Buddy directed the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Innovation where he designed and led large-scale initiatives to promote innovative practice, competency-based education, and alternative education. Buddy holds a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, was a Strategic Data Project Agency Fellow at the Center for Education Policy at Harvard University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the UNC at Chapel Hill. Buddy, his wife Abigail, and their two daughters Pearl and Liberty live in central Ohio. EMAIL

Kerry Jupina

Director of College and Career Readiness Kerry has over twenty-five years of serving disadvantaged young people, with fifteen years specific to charter school leadership. Her experiences include demonstrated and proven success as a building leader, training and developing school leaders, board membership, as well as executive experience in overall operations for two education management companies. Kerry is able to leverage her firsthand knowledge of community schools, school improvement, and school operations to assist CSS partner schools.  She has provided training and technical guidance to community schools in all areas of college and career readiness and school improvement in general. EMAIL

Delores Junior

Northern Ohio Regional Representative Delores’ 35+ years’ experience in public education includes teaching and administration in a major urban district. She has focused extensively on improving student achievement and has served as a curriculum specialist, summer school coordinator, professional development coordinator, and coordinator for prevention programs for students at risk. She brings a unique, hands-on perspective in supporting charter schools throughout northern Ohio. EMAIL

Andrea Dobbins

School Improvement Coordinator Andrea began her career in public education in 2006 at an online charter school, Buckeye Online School for Success as a high school history and government teacher. She helped develop virtual classes offered to students in real-time so they could experience an interactive classroom environment similar to their brick-and-mortar peers. Andrea was promoted to become the district’s principal in 2012 where she facilitated and implemented the pilot of what is now Ohio’s Improvement Process. Andrea has worked as a data and instructional coach and is also experienced in the development and implementation of school improvement plans. Andrea received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Salem International University in 2010. Andrea currently holds an Ohio teaching license in 7-12 grade Integrated Social Studies, as well as administrative principal license, and administrative specialist license in curriculum, instruction and professional development. Andrea plays a very active role in her three young children’s school and extracurricular activities. Andrea also volunteers much of her time coaching and supporting many of her community’s youth programs. EMAIL

Jennifer Heyman

School Improvement Coordinator Jennifer has worked in education since 2008 as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. She graduated Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University and began her career by joining a district team in rural Ohio as a third grade teacher. After two years in this position, she decided to pursue her passion of working with urban youth and moved to Columbus, Ohio to join the charter school world as a fourth grade teacher. She relocated to Cleveland, Ohio and taught third grade before becoming an assistant principal. Most recently, Jennifer was a principal in two different buildings in Cleveland. She has experience in leading, creating, or serving on teams to develop curriculum and pacing guides, PBIS and Restorative Justice plans, the Ohio Improvement Process and Plan, RTI and MTSS, Special Education Service plans, hiring and staff retention plans, and data analysis with goal setting aligned to the Local Report Card. Outside of work, Jennifer loves family and friend time, and being a mom to her baby boy; she resides in north central Ohio with her family, Reggie and Phoenyx. EMAIL

Mia Kern

Education Program Assistant Mia is a recent graduate of THE Ohio State University with a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Education Policy. She most recently served as an Intern at the Ohio Department of Education where she assisted with projects in both the Office of Educator Effectiveness and the Office of Career-Technical Education. She also has experience with OSU’s Center on Education and Training for Employment, where she worked on career-technical education and family engagement projects. Outside of work, Mia enjoys baking and spending time with her cat. EMAIL

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