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

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.