Curriculum Administrator Jessica Hahn Serves on Statewide Education Panel Discussion

With her expertise in high-impact tutoring and how — if facilitated well — it can vastly improve reading skills among K-12 students, Summit Academy Literacy Curriculum Administrator Jessica Hahn served as a guest panelist for an Ohio Department of Education and Workforce workshop. The discussion, “Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining High-Impact Tutoring Programs,” was part of … Continued

Xenia Lead Intervention Specialist Sheryl Belmont Earns Master Teacher Designation

Lead Intervention Specialist Sheryl Belmont, who teaches at Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia, has earned Ohio state designation as a Master Teacher. Belmont began her education career 17 years ago as a music teacher. A decade ago, she transitioned to special education where she says she discovered her greatest joy as … Continued

Worth It

For two families, an 80-some-mile trek to and from school is worth the guarantee that their students receive a Summit Academy education. Every week, the Lowry/Gaylord and Cindric families, both from southwest Medina County, share carpooling duties to bring their grandsons to Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron. Tristan Cindric, a junior, and Brandon Gaylord, … Continued

A Salute to Our Classroom Heroes

When Summit Academy put out a call for special teachers to honor during Teacher Appreciation Week, the floodgates opened. The task to salute one exceptional teacher in each Summit Academy school proved nearly impossible. The truth is, as CEO John Guyer stated in his recent letter of gratitude our amazing educators, they are, “hands down, … Continued

Tutoring Program at Summit Academy Akron Elementary School Attracts National Interest

Summit Academy Akron Elementary School’s thriving student readers are receiving an academic boost from high-impact tutoring. National education policy influencers want to know more. This week, FutureEd’s Liz Cohen visited the school to get a firsthand look at its tutoring program. Cohen, who is the policy director for Georgetown University think tank FutureEd, identified Summit … Continued

Akron student becomes published author at age 11

Aspiring writer Bentley Yeagley practices his craft with heart and intention. He uses sophisticated writing techniques such as similes and intriguing plots that draw readers into his stories. It’s no wonder that at age 11, Bentley is already a published author. Bentley’s short story “Avalanche,” which he wrote last year as a fifth-grade student at … Continued

Parma PE Teacher Wanda Ford Named Coach of the Year

Wanda Ford, a basketball legend and physical education teacher for Summit Academy Community School – Parma, was named Coach of the Year in youth basketball by the City of Parma. She received the honor on March 25 at Parma City Hall from Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 4 Councilwoman Kelly Zacharias and Director of Parks and … Continued

5 Things You Might Not Know About Autism

While awareness about autism has developed over time, misconceptions surrounding this common condition still linger. Experts from Summit Academy, an Ohio leader in K-12 special education with an emphasis on autism and ADHD, weigh in with five key, yet relatively unknown, facts about autism. 1. Autism affects girls, too. The proverbial cat may finally be … Continued

Could Akron Middle School Educator Tasha Hunter be chosen as America’s Favorite Teacher?

Summit Academy Middle School – Akron’s Title 1/Multi-tiered Systems of Supports Teacher Tasha Hunter has been named a contestant for the Reader’s Digest “America’s Favorite Teacher” contest. The nomination comes as no surprise when you enter Hunter’s classroom, which is filled with smiling children. Her creative, easy teaching style inspires students to not only enhance, … Continued