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Summit Academy Recognizes Newly Promoted Shihan Charles Rickard

The Summit Academy Management Board of Directors issued a proclamation recognizing Sensei Charles Rickard’s promotion to the position of Shihan, a martial arts “teacher of teachers.” Summit Academy CEO John Guyer and Summit Academy Board Chair Tony Malorni presented the proclamation to Rickard at the board’s Sept. 19, 2023 meeting. Shihan Rickard oversees Summit Academy’s … Continued


Teacher turns a new page on a classroom library

Destinee Walter-Green examines shelf upon shelf of books arranged neatly by genre. The Summit Academy Middle School – Columbus English-Language Arts teacher predicts students will delight in the newly organized classroom library as they start their 2023-2024 school year. New to Summit Academy this year, Walter-Green wanted to pique students’ interest in reading by taking … Continued


New Summit Academy – Xenia High School Touted as Model School,  Ready to Welcome Students this Week

Students of Summit Academy – Xenia high school will be greeted by a new 10,524-square-foot school building to start the 2023-2024 school year. Classes for the school’s 61 ninth- to 12th-grade students begin Friday, Aug. 18. The new building comes complete with high-polish concrete and vinyl-plank flooring, spacious classrooms, generous windows and green technology. A … Continued


Charitable Golf Outing to Benefit Summit Academy Community School – Cincinnati Students

Educational resources, specialized programs and extracurricular activities centered on uplifting the lives of students with autism and ADHD are the impetus behind the Summit Academy Community School – Cincinnati Golf Charitable Golf Outing. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 at Avon Field Golf Course, 4081 Reading Road in Cincinnati. Open to the public, … Continued


Noriliz Santiago joins Summit Academy Community School – Parma as Principal

Noriliz “Nori” Santiago accepted the position of principal for Summit Academy Community School – Parma.  She brings extensive experience in K-12 school administration, including social-emotional programming, restorative practices, instructional coaching and PD training, among several other areas of academic expertise. She was named one of the 100+ Latinos Cleveland Must Know in 2022. Santiago has … Continued


Summit Academy Management Board Elects New Members Albert “AJ” Charpentier and Diane Longstreth

Albert “AJ” Charpentier  and Diane Longstreth, Ph.D., were elected to the Summit Academy Management Board of Directors at the organization’s June 3 annual meeting. Both new members bring extensive K-12 education leadership experience, including previous involvement as Summit Academy school board members. Charpentier joins the SAM Board after serving as both a Summit Academy school … Continued


Evan McIntosh joins Summit Academy as Health, Safety and Security Director

Former Canton Police officer Evan McIntosh has been appointed as the Director, Health, Safety and Security for Summit Academy Schools. Evan brings nearly two decades of experience to Summit Academy, including the past nine years as a police officer for the Canton Police Department. During his tenure with the department, Evan held assignments in the … Continued


3 Therapeutic Martial Arts Takeaways for Improved Well-Being

Martial arts has a lot to teach about well-being, especially a hybrid style like Summit Academy Schools’ Therapeutic Martial Arts. With a focus on serving K-12 students with Autism and ADHD, Summit Academy Schools incorporate therapeutic martial arts into their curriculum. In the dojo, where students learn martial arts movements and traditions, they also find … Continued


Sensei Mitchell Ellis Promoted as Grandmaster in Taekwondo with 9th Degree Black Belt

Mitchell Ellis, Dean of Students and therapeutic martial arts instructor for Summit Academy – Columbus, was promoted as a Grandmaster in Taekwondo with a 9th Degree Black Belt through the Dragon Taekwondo Association on June 3 in Columbus, Ohio. There are fewer than 300 taekwondo grandmasters worldwide, according to Cheongnyong-yu Taekwondo, which archives books, blog … Continued


All the Right Moves

Summit Academy Students Realize Growth Through Therapeutic Martial Arts As 19 Summit Academy Middle School sixth graders demonstrated a series of choreographed martial arts moves, their family members watched in awe. The event, the school’s twice-yearly Therapeutic Martial Arts promotion ceremony, showcased the children’s fine-tuned martial arts skills, which most of them have been honing … Continued


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