Staff & Leadership

We have two campuses: Citizens Academy and Citizens Academy East. Meet our entire team of dedicated, smart, talented, wonderful, and hard-working faculty and staff!

Citizens Academy Leadership

Margie Hirschfeld, Model Leader Citizens Academies K-5

Margie Hirschfeld is the Model Leader for all Citizens Academies (K-5) within the growing Breakthrough Schools network. She previously worked at Citizens Academy as Literacy Coordinator and Director of Academics for 10 years.  Mrs. Hirschfeld has been an educator for over thirty years, and works with all our Citizens Academy Principals to ensure that every Citizens Academy is as great as this one.  Mrs. Hirschfeld holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan and a master’s degree from New York University.

Kimberly Peterlin, Principal

Mrs. Kimberly Peterlin has entered her first year as principal of Citizens Academy.  Before assuming this role, Mrs. Peterlin had been a 3rd grade teacher and Special Education Coordinator at CA for the past 5 years.  She is dedicated to the Citizens Academy culture and high expectations for all students.  While she enjoyed being a Spartan and received her B.S. from Michigan State University, she came back to Cleveland to attend Cleveland State University for her education degree. When not at Citizens, Mrs. Peterlin enjoys visiting her daughter in Chicago, traveling to watching her son play college baseball and walking her dog, Mackenzie.

Citizens Academy East Leadership

Alicia Levy, Citizens Academy East Principal

  • Former Citizens Academy Math Specialist
  •  Masters Degree in School Leadership
  • 2009 Ohio Charter School Teacher of the Year

Clarissa Grimes, Citizens Academy East Assistant Principal

  • Former Citizens Academy 4th Grade Teacher
  • Former 4th Grade Team Leader
  • Teach for America Corps Member

Citizens Academy Faculty & Staff

Name Position
Lindsey May Kindergarten Teacher
Adam Severs Kindergarten Teacher
Diana Harp Kindergarten Teacher
Erin Robinson 1st Grade Teacher
Anissa Young 1st Grade Teacher
Regina Turnier 1st Grade Teacher
Lisa Gray 2nd Grade Teacher
Jennifer Frankenberry 2nd Grade Teacher
Carrie Barr 2nd Grade Teacher
Brittany Stewart 3rd Grade Teacher
Neha Mehra 3rd Grade Teacher
Carlisha Bias 3rd Grade Teacher
Allison Lentz 4th Grade Teacher
Jaclyn Chenoweth 4th Grade Teacher
Dominique Goodwin 4th Grade Teacher
Kristine Donelon 5th Grade Teacher
Beth Crossen 5th Grade Teacher
Jessica Sullivan
5th Grade Teacher
Tawina Bizzell Instructional Assistant
Gwen Holt Instructional Assistant
Robyn King Instructional Assistant
Cheryl Shelton Instructional Assistant
Amber Seals
Damion Towns
Donnea Guffie
Instructional Assistant
Instructional Assistant
Instructional Assistant
Erin Rodriguez Art Teacher
Michael Ryan Gym Teacher
Evelyn Kasserman 4/5 Math Specialist
Andrew Friebel Academic Coordinator
Tina Cottom Lit. Coordinator/Title 1 Reading
Chandra Johnson 1/2 Math Specialist
Krystal Grossi Music Teacher
Mary Ann Tate Reading Specialist
Intervention Specialist
Lee Lundblad Academic Coordinator
Lisa Quick Assistant Principal
Keita Saad Before & After School Coordinator
Kelly Berg Community Relations & Enrollment
Margie Hirschfeld Model Leader
Wanda Stallworth Operations Model Leader
Deborah Dortch Food Service
Kim Peterlin Principal
Ashley Hill Assistant to Director of Academics
Staci McDaniel Director of Academics
Rachel Nottingham Academic Coordinator
Kim Loyed Office Assistant
Nicole Tompkins Operations manager
Jennifer Taylor Director of Special Ed
Tonyetta Miller Student & Family Coordinator

Citizens Academy East Faculty & Staff

  • Alicia Levy, Principal
  • Clarissa Grimes, Assistant Principal
  • Rick Powers, Director of Operations
  • Gala Copez-Reaves, Manager of Admin Support
  • Melvonna Williams, Office Clerk
  • Khadijah Fair, Office Clerk
  • Desmond Reaves, Food Service Coordinator
  • Vanessa Hagan, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Kathrine Huber, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Susan Faul, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Jennifer Wooley, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Deanna Valentino, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Kaylan Lemon, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Melissa Carnes, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Tiana Lackey, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Amanda Siedlecki, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Jennifer Schneikart, 2nd Grade Title
  • Erica Kovacs, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Megan Matos,  3rd Grade Teacher
  • Trishia Kirkland, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Michael Spencer, 3rd Grader Title
  • Sharon Loats, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Sean Carrothers, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Lisa Baranovich, Special Support
  • Samantha Smith, Enrichment Teacher
  • June Estell, Music
  • Autumn Hines, Art
  • Joseph Beavers, Gym
  • Renee Rewalt, Academic Coordinator
  • Katie Grootegoed, Academic Coordinator
  • Andrew Friebel, Academic Coordinator
  • Rachel Nottingham, Academic Coordinator
  • Allen Pratt, Instructional Assistant
  • Priscilla Tate, Instructional Assistant
  • Keyana Williams, Instructional Assistant
  • Alexandria Berry, Instructional Assistant
  • Denise Redrick, Instructional Assistant
  • Ken Tyus, Instructional Assistant
  • Janet Pitchford, Instructional Assistant

Enroll Your Child

Citizens Academy is one of highest-performing free, public charter schools in Cleveland and spaces are very limited! Click here to learn more about enrolling & to enroll your child today!

Teach With Us!

We are proud of our amazing, dedicated teachers and leaders. Interested in teaching in a safe, positive, high-performing urban school? Click here to learn more about careers at Citizens Academy.