Pictured from left to right: Heather Miller, Dana Eggers, Paul Hieronymus, and Don Sparks.
At their April 16 meeting, the North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of four administrators whose positions are critical to improving student achievement and is necessary due to the significant increase in student enrollment. All new team members will begin their assignments on August 1.
Board President Kelly McCarthy said, “We welcome these experienced educators to our leadership team. They will all play a critical role in supporting our staff of outstanding educators, and providing them with the resources they need for success.”
Don Sparks was hired as the district’s athletic director, replacing interim Athletic Director Jim Reitenbach. For the past nine years, Sparks served as Normandy High School’s athletic director. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from Marygrove College.
The Board approved the hiring of Paul Hieronymus as the director of technology and integration. The position replaces the former technology and information systems supervisor position and is focused on integrating technology in teaching and learning district-wide. Hieronymus currently serves as the Lakewood City Schools’ coordinator of technology and communication; a position he has held since 2014. He served as a consultant for educational technology integration for the Educational Service Center of Lorain County and was also the curriculum technology coordinator for the Avon City Schools. Hieronymus received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from The University of Akron and also holds a master’s degree in technology education.
The Board approved the hiring of Heather Miller as the coordinator of curriculum and instruction. This new position supports district-wide curriculum initiatives. Miller is currently a consultant for the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, a position she has held since 2016.
Miller is also currently an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College, teaching undergraduate courses in education and early literacy. From 2013-2016, Miller served as the director of curriculum and instruction for the Euclid City Schools. Miller received a Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Education degrees, both from Ashland University.
Lastly, the Board approved Dana Eggers to fill the new role of coordinator of pupil personnel. Eggers is currently the autism program director for the Geauga County Educational Service Center, a position she has held since 2010. Eggers received a Bachelor of Science in hearing and speech sciences from Ohio University, a Master of Arts in speech language pathology from Kent State University, and her Pupil Services Personnel Licensure from Cleveland State University.
In discussing the new hires, Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio stated, “We are very impressed with the knowledge these educators bring to our leadership team, especially their focus on student success. Their collective experience will bring new ideas to the table as we continue to address our district’s growth.”