"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 is the Community Education director for University Circle, Inc. Prior to that, he taught social studies at Beachwood High School for 21 years. He is the owner of Cleveland Landmarks Press, Inc. and an author of three books on Cleveland history. As an teacher, 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. A former teacher with ten years of classroom and administrative experience, she is currently a community and workforce education consultant specializing in curriculum development and program management. She also serves as program manager for University Circle Incorporated’s LEAD Program. Arin 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.
Pam Ogilvy is a Social Studies teacher at Beachwood High School teaching AP Economics and Government. Her work has been featured on WCPN, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hough Riots, and she is also a Teaching American History Fellow. Ogilvy is a Teaching Cleveland Institute graduate who has spoken to audiences about a variety of topics from Eliot Ness to Cleveland comedians, . She has a BA in Political Science from Ohio University and an MA in Social Studies Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
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