How To Access Available Resources: A Virtual Training Opportunity for Parents

The parent mentors of Medina County ESC and Brunswick City Schools are hosting a virtual training for parents this Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Please see flyer below for more information on how to participate.


Medina County Parent Special Needs Support Group

The Medina County ESC is offering a support group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children or other loved ones with special needs in Medina County to gather together to share ideas, information and support.

Everyone is welcome!

The group will meet via Zoom the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.
To join go to click on “join a meeting”, and fill in the meeting id and passcode.

October 21, 2020 meeting id: 768 2586 6185
passcode: 8Vnj1E
November 18, 2020 meeting id: 740 4377 3862
passcode: uQAc4x
December 16, 2020 meeting id: 735 2148 0817
passcode: F059H6

This group is being facilitated by the Parent Mentors of Brunswick City Schools and Medina County ESC.

If you have questions, contact one of the following:
Cheryl Mendel
Sandie Cooper
Michele McGinnis

Meet the Elementary School Intervention Specialists

Amber Smith

Mrs. Smith has her Bachelors in Developmentally Handicapped K-12 and Masters in Technology Integration. She is married with three children: Corey, Cailee, and Cassidy. Mrs. Smith says that Cloverleaf has become a part of her family. She would choose reading over any other hobby, and she reads 20-30 books each summer! She has always wanted to be a teacher and knew she wanted to work with children with special needs after working in a facility for adults with disabilities.

Lisa Baranovic

Mrs. Baranovic graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Intervention Specialist, PK-3. She is married with two children: Aiden and Lily. Ms. Baranovic shared that she loves rollerskating and was a competitive roller skater until she was 18 years old. She grew up in Cloverleaf Schools and loves it because the focus is always on the students, how to help them achieve more, see themselves as more, and be more than they ever thought they could be. She has always wanted to be a teacher and loves watching students light up when they have that “Ah Ha” moment and realize they can achieve anything they set out to do.

Ryan Knuff

Ryan graduated from Riverside High School in Painesville, Ohio.  He went on to earn dual licensure in special and general education through Bowling Green University for grades pre-K through third.  Ryan loves traveling around the world and discovering new places. He and his partner, who is also an educator, have a puppy that loves to play and go on walks. Ryan shared that he chose to be an educator because he wants to be able to make a positive impact in his students’ lives and help support them with their academic and life goals.  “I truly have a passion to help others and want to help my students reach their full potential both in and outside of the classroom.”

Jessica Hitchcock

Mrs. Hitchcock graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Special Education. Her family is originally from New York. She is married with two sons who attend Cloverleaf High School. She is an active member in the Medina County 4-H program and her husband is retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service. She enjoys spending time outside. The Cloverleaf district has become a “home away from home” for her family. She used to be a horse trainer when she lived in New York, and ran her own 4-H club until she was 24. As a child, she struggled with reading and wanted to help students that struggled with school as well. Her long term life goal is to establish her own therapeutic horseback riding program for students and adults with disabilities.

Laura Haas

Mrs. Haas is married with boy-girl twins and a cat. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. She shared that Cloverleaf is special to her because of the community within our school. Outside of school, Mrs. Haas enjoys cooking and gardening. She always wanted to be a teacher, even from a young age. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the “light bulb” moment when she helps a student achieve mastery of a skill.

Amy Serafinchon

Mrs. Serafinchon graduated from the University of Toledo and Cloverleaf High School. She shared that Cloverleaf is like home and has a special place in her heart. She has been to almost every state in the United States! She has yet to visit the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii and one day she hopes to visit all of the states. Mrs. Serafinchon has three children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Her son Ben is a freshman at Kent State University majoring in computer science. Joshua and Emily attend Wooster High School. She began her special education career because her aunt worked in the filed. She loves working with kids and helping children grow to the best of their abilities. She shared, “Not only do I teach the kids in my room everyday but I learn something everyday from the kids in my class.”

Leighann Reep

Mrs. Reep graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K-12) and from the University of Akron with a Master’s degree and reading endorsement. She is married with three children: Kaylee, Lillian, and Clayton. She loves the Cloverleaf family-like environment and chose to be an educator because she has always enjoyed helping others and wanted to have a positive impact on children. She shared, “I am the youngest of three children and my parents were convinced I was going to be a boy (ultrasounds were not routinely completed back then). My name was going to be Patrick Joseph. When I was born, my parents had to come up with a different name, so I was named after both of my grandmothers (Leona, who went by the name Leigh, and Anna)!”

Carolyn Schweppe

Mrs. Schweppe attended Bowling Green University and Kent State University for her degree in Special Education. She has three grown children: Austin, Scott, and Maria. She was born in San Antonio, Texas. She loves the happiness at Cloverleaf and wants to bring happiness to a child’s day. She became an educator because she wanted to do something every day that she enjoys, and she enjoys teaching and seeing students learn and grow.

Ashley Beisecker

Ms. Beisecker has a pet pig named Henri Bakn and a cat named Hilde Mae. In her spare time, she collects vintage Pyrex. She loves working with students and seeing them make growth and the sense of community at Cloverleaf.

Rachel Connelly

Mrs. Connelly has a master’s degree and is an only child. She is married with two daughters and a black lab. She was a figure skater from the age of 3 to 17. She chose to be an educator because she had such a wonderful experience in school and wanted to provide that for other children. Coming to Cloverleaf has been a rejuvenation with positive, energetic, ambitious, kind, helpful, and loving staff, parents and students.

Lana Goad

Mrs. Goad graduated from Ashland University as an Intervention Specialist Moderate/Intensive and obtained her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She have always wanted to be an Intervention Specialist and follow in her mother’s footsteps! She shared, “It brings me so much joy to work with students and provide them with instruction and a love of learning that will last them a lifetime!” At home, She has boy/girl twins and she loves to read books, go for walks and play outside. She loves spending time with family and friends and wants to travel the world one day!

Pattie Roush

Pattie is married and have two children. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in elementary education from Bethany College and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the eager faces of her students learning something new and achieving goals that did not seem possible. Every year brings new challenges and new rewarding experiences, and she couldn’t love it more.

Special Education COVID-19 Reopening Updates

Dear Parents, 

We are looking forward to having our students back next week!  Here are a few special education department updates regarding the reopening:

  • All IEP, 504, and ETR meetings will be held via video and/or teleconference during the 2020-2021 school year.  
  • Masks are required for in person instruction.  Please bring a doctor’s note for your child if he/she has a disability preventing him/her from wearing a mask.
  • Clear masks are available for staff or students for students with communication and hearing needs or by request
  • Students enrolled in the Colts Online Learning Academy with an IEP will be served via online services and telehealth following the distance learning plan developed with you and your child’s IEP team.
  • All students enrolled in person with an IEP will have a contingency plan developed in order to prepare for the possibility of another school closure in the future.  You will be contacted by your child’s IEP case manager for input on the plan and you can request a full IEP team meeting to discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s ability to access instruction in an online setting.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nicole K. Stalter

Director of Special Services