Two new principals hired in North Ridgeville
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Two new school administrators were hired at the North Ridgeville school board meeting on July 6.
Michelle Riley is the new associate director of the North Ridgeville Academic Center and Chris Pelphrey
Is the new district curriculum and teaching coordinator. Both will begin their new roles on August 2.
Riley served as an assistant principal for six years for grades 9-12 and pre-K-8 for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) as well as overseeing after-school tutoring and the implementation of a student council and a mentoring program for grades 6-8.
She also provided “Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)” to encourage student morale, continually improve the program, and promote strong participation in the “Champ” program by “providing a variety of unique and interactive student activities. From calls to student houses featuring Browns players and coaches to hosting pop-up parties with local radio personalities. It’s about finding creative ways to emphasize the importance of each day at school, to keep students engaged and ready to learn.
Riley coordinated the awards ceremonies for the champions for each quarter.
His career began as a reading recovery teacher in Maryland schools. She then spent 10 years teaching English and College Language Arts at Euclid City Schools and three years teaching English Language Arts (ELA) for Shaker Heights Schools.
âIt is an honor and a privilege to work alongside other high performing and well-educated educators in the school district,â said Riley. “I plan to help our team become cohesive at (North Ridgeville) Academic Center, particularly in curriculum and teaching, as well as professional development.”
Chris Pelphrey has been employed by the Northeast Ohio Educational Services Center as a curriculum consultant for the past three years. Previously, he taught ELA in seventh grade for 10 years at local schools in Firelands. He was also a gifted and rewarding part-time teacher at St. Jude’s School in Elyria for a year and a graduation project instructor at Lorain County Community College for a year.
Pelphrey will replace Dr. Heather Miller who has been promoted to Director of Programs and Education for the School District.
âI am extremely excited to be a part of the team,â said Pelphrey. âI can’t wait to get to work and hope to have an impact on the curriculum. I think that there are areas with which I am very comfortable and that there are initiatives which, in my opinion, will fit in very well. To me, it just seems like a fantastic fit with the colleagues and values ââof North Ridgeville and the school district. “
While in Firelands, Pelphrey developed a building-wide PBIS program and was the head of the college’s ELA department. He developed lessons focused on common core standards and analyzed data from common assessments, benchmarks and diagnostics to drive education planning, according to information from the school district.
âThe Board of Education has been impressed with the resumes of Ms. Riley and Mr. Pelphrey and what they have been able to accomplish throughout their academic careers,â said Marci Saxon, Vice-Chair of the Board. education. âWe have been particularly impressed with their implementation of educational programs that align with the mission, vision and core values ââof the district.
Superintendent of Schools Roxann Ramsey-Caserio said: âMs. Riley and Mr. Pelphrey illustrated a wide range of curriculum and teaching skills, foundational skills and leadership skills. Their accomplishments indicate how determined they are to serve students and ensure they succeed inside and outside the classroom.
Riley and Pelphrey will begin their administrative duties on August 2, 2021.