Summit Academy Secondary School – Canton and Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Canton welcome Tiffany George as director. In addition, longtime Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Canton IEP coordinator, general education teacher and intervention specialist Lisa Merry is advancing as the new assistant director for Summit Academy Community School for Alterative Learners – Canton (Elementary).

Tiffany George joins Summit Academy after working for a private charter school for nine years. There, she served as an intervention specialist and later was promoted to the position of assistant principal/director of special services. She also held previous positions as a director of curriculum and assessment.

A two-time graduate of Malone University, Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (middle childhood education) and Master of Arts in Education. She also earned a reading endorsement credential and intervention specialist licensure from Malone University.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be joining the Summit Academy team,” Tiffany says. “In just a short amount of time, I have already had the opportunity to meet so many talented educators and amazing families.”

She adds that she is inspired by the school’s teachers and staff and looks forward to seeing students return to the school building. “I know this is going to be a great school year!” she says.

Tiffany lives in Stow with her beloved cat, Janis. In her free time she enjoys visiting the beach, boating, traveling, camping, playing trivia and spending quality time with family members and friends. 

Lisa Merry served as an IEP coordinator for Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Canton since 2015. Her prior roles for Summit Academy, primarily Canton Elementary, since 2010 include general education teacher, intervention specialist and substitute teacher.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Akron. She is also dually licensed as a general education teacher and intervention specialist. She says she fondly anticipates the return of students and teachers to the school.

“This year we are looking forward to having everyone back in the building for hands-on learning while integrating what we learned about technology through the pandemic into the classroom,” she says. “Our goal is to build back rapport with teachers and students as well as build teacher knowledge in effective instructional strategies to further bridge gaps in learning for our students.”

Lisa and her husband, Tom, have three grown daughters, Hannah, Megan and Lydia, and one grandchild, Blaise Nicholas. She enjoys spending time with her family on their hobby farm in Perry Township as well reading, cooking, listening to true crime podcasts and traveling, especially to the beach.