"The people and places we were exposed to were amazing. Each time I came back to school the next day there was always something I could share with my fellow teachers.” Andy Hart, Garfield Heights H.S.
Greg Deegan has been teaching social studies at Beachwood High School since 1996. In 2001 he created a Cleveland Economics class for upperclass students which became the inspiration for the Teaching Cleveland Institute. He is a partner in Cleveland Landmarks Press, Inc. and an author of three books on Cleveland history. He established and chaired the Beachwood City Schools' Differential Achievement Committee to study and address the racial achievement gap in the district. In addition, he has served as a Fellow for the Library of Congress in the American Memory Project, earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, worked as a Fulbright exchange teacher in Hungary, served on the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, and was named a Sam's Club Teacher of the Year.
Arin Miller-Tait is Teaching Cleveland's co-director and a former teacher with ten years of classroom experience at Gilmour Academy. She is currently the Resource Development Coordinator for CEOs for Cities, a non-profit organization whose mission is to share information and catalyze change to improve America's cities. She has a BA in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs, and an MA in education from Ursuline College. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband Joe and their dog, Lola.
Tim Evans has been teaching AP U.S. History and American Government at St. Ignatius since 1992. He currently serves the Teaching Cleveland Foundation as the coordinator of the Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI). In addition to his work at St. Ignatius and Teaching Cleveland, Evans coordinates the John Carroll University Masters in Education Program at St. Ignatius and serves as an adjunct professor for JCU. He co-founded the Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice Network, which the Diocese of Cleveland recognized as Service and Justice Organization of the Year. He also served on the board for the Friends of the Sudanese Lost Boys of Cleveland.
Since he began teaching, Tim has earned numerous awards at St. Ignatius, including the Fr. Michael J. Lavelle, SJ Award for outstanding service to students, the Ignatians' Educator of the Year, the Fr. Welsh Award for outstanding service to the school, the Fr. James O'Reilly, SJ Award for extracurricular activity involvement, and the Fr. John J. Rossing Award for service to students past and present.
Jennifer Forshey entered the teaching profession after nearly a decade of government service in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the White House's Office of Management and Budget as a Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Director. Missing her native Cleveland, she returned to Ohio and presently teaches social studies at Rocky River High School, where she infuses Cleveland history in her US History classes and engages her students in how best to address local problems in her AP Seminar class. Her teaching was recognized with a Plain Dealer Crystal Apple Award in 2011.
LAUREN HALLADAY MASTRACCO