Faculty & Staff

Menlo Park Academy is home to a wide range of exceptional and passionate educators and administrative professionals. Each faculty and staff member brings a unique set of skills suited for educating the whole gifted child. Click the biography links below to read more about each of our amazing team members.

Leadership Team


Stacy_ImageMs Stacy Stuhldreher, School Director

Stacy.Stuhldreher@MenloParkAcademy.com

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Matese_ImageMrs. Deborah Matese, Administrative Director

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Administrative Support


  Ms. D. Cella Gallagher, Technology Coordinator
 Cella.Gallagher@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Ms. Melissa McCarthy, Administrative Assistant
 Melissa.McCarthy@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Ms. Jennifer Ingraham, Marketing and Admissions Coordinator
 Jennifer.Ingraham@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Dave Massa, Massa Financial Services, LLC, Treasurer
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Ms. Stacy Stuhldreher
School Director

Stacy graduated cum laude from the University of Mount Union, with her B.A. and certifications in elementary and middle school education. Her first teaching position was at Clark Elementary in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. While educating students in the Cleveland Schools, Stacy obtained her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, certification as a gifted instructor and principal license from Cleveland State University.  

Stacy taught in Cleveland’s Gifted and Talented Program, Major Work, and then became an assistant principal and principal. As Principal of O.H. Perry, she worked with Senator George Voinovich to secure funds for a computer lab and facilitated the Young Audiences 'ICARE Arts' Program; developing partnerships with the neighborhood artists of Collinwood. She was an Executive Administrator for Barbara Byrd-Bennett and mentored fellow principals. Stacy was trained in Assessment for Learning by the Institute for Learning through the University of Pittsburgh and was named a Richard Pogue Fellow.

As a principal and curriculum coordinator in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights’ City School District, she assisted with elementary curriculum; leading a math adoption, assisting with the revision of the ELA block and the adoption of Writer's Workshop. Stacy was a member of the Ohio Leadership Collaborative, led by Dr. Elmore from Harvard, and participated in Instructional Rounds in large urban school districts in Ohio. As principal of Canterbury School, she led the teaching team and raised the assigned academic ranking from the Ohio Department of Education from “Academic Watch” to “Excellent” in one school year. She also assisted Canterbury School in achieving candidacy as an International Baccalaureate School with an Arts Focus. Her team developed several partnerships with artists from the Cleveland area. Stacy also attended Ashland University to earn her Superintendent License.

Upon joining the Parma City Schools, Stacy served as principal for the inaugural STEM School within a school at Pleasant Valley. She also served as the Coordinator of Instructional Leadership for School improvement where she coached and mentored principals of schools in School Improvement status. She assisted principals with goal setting, planning and the development and progress monitoring of data and school climate. She most recently served as the Interim Principal at Parma Senior High and the principal of Greenbriar Middle School. While serving as an educator, Stacy also served on the Parma Schools’ Foundation, the Focus on The Future Strategic Planning Team, the PBIS District Steering Committee, the District Leadership Team and as an executive board member for the Association of Parma Administrators.

In addition to her work in Parma, Stacy has mentored administrators in Cuyahoga County for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. She is a member of the Ursuline and Case Western Reserve University’s Educational Licensure Advisory Council. Stacy continues a partnership with the CWRU Music Department and presented with faculty at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in 2016. Stacy also presented Academic Parent and Teacher Teams (APTT) at the Connect for Success Conference and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference in 2016.

Stacy has been recognized for her work throughout her career. While principal of Oxford School in Cleveland Heights/University Heights, her team earned the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award from Providence House. She was nominated for the YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2013. Stacy and her STEM team were recognized in 2015 as WVIZ/PBS Innovative Educators for their work with infusing student ownership of technology into the STEM curriculum. Stacy’s collaborative leadership style has earned praise from students, teachers, staff and parents. To Stacy, that is her most significant achievement.


Mrs. Deborah A. Matese

Administrative Director

Debi is a self-directed leader with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector who excels at change management, strategic thinking, and leading teams. She is adept at coaching and developing staff across a wide range of departments and roles, including those responsible for finance, compliance, business development, data, safety and risk management, marketing, and other operations functions. Her experience includes convening and building consensus with teams; introducing best-practices within collaborations; developing and maintaining a team culture that supports high quality services as well as a culture of philanthropy and accountability.

Most recently, Debi spent just over five years at the YWCA Greater Cleveland in a variety of roles. Debi joined the YWCA in December of 2011 as Manager of Data and Evaluation, and was instrumental in helping the organization acquire a data focus in all areas. She also helped their partner—The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood – do the same, as manager of their data project.

Debi took on increasing levels of responsibility and was elevated to Director of Quality Improvement. As Director, Debi joined the leadership team and oversaw a number of significant projects. In this role, Debi’s strong interpersonal skills as a keen influencer and high relate-ability supported her continued success.

Promoted to the role of Vice President of Administration in 2015, Debi refocused the HR and benefits function, operationalized the finance function, introduced a technology plan that allowed for annual replacement costs, re-imagined and retooled the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership institute, directed the marketing department, and drove racial justice programming across the organization.

Debi has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Heidelberg University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University. She is the mother of two – Christopher and Erin – and lives in Fairview Park with her husband, Francis, and their blended family. Debi has been involved on the Board of Directors of JD Breast Cancer Foundation for the past two years, and currently serves as their Vice President. Debi is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels and enjoys spending time watching her kids play whichever sport is in season.

 


Mrs. D. Cella Gallagher

Technology Coordinator   

Mrs. Gallagher earned her Bachelor’s in History and a Master of the Teaching Arts Degrees from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Virginia.  She taught Science and Language Arts at Vernon Johns School in Petersburg, Virginia before moving to Swift Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County Virginia where she taught Social Studies for 6 years. In 2006, she moved to the school division’s Technology Department where she was an Instructional Technology Integrator for middle and high school Social Studies; teaching teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons. In 2012, she and her husband moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she took a position teaching computers and Social Studies at Noble Academy Cleveland.  

As you would expect Mrs. Gallagher enjoys visiting historical sites where ever she goes. She loves learning about the past and its effects on the present. She often combines her historical excursions with hiking and biking. She especially likes hiking in the National Parks, and has twice been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Since moving to Cleveland, she has rediscovered biking. She and her husband love to ride their bikes on the Ohio and Erie Canal Trail and often ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to Akron and ride their bike back to Cleveland. 

Mrs. Gallagher is thrilled to join the Menlo Park Academy Community. She looks forward to all the exciting innovations that are happening in technology at the school this year and in the future.

 


 

Ms. Melissa McCarthy
Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Melissa McCarthy started working with children in a daycare setting in 1994.  Over the years she has had many different positions including center director and has been the lead teacher in classrooms varying in age from 6 weeks to 12 years.  Ms. McCarthy attended Cuyahoga Community College with a major in Early Childhood Education and has recently renewed my Child Development Associate granted by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Ms. McCarthy loves reading in many genres and watching HGTV. Her secret vices are watching Mythbusters and playing Lego video games.Ms. McCarthy is very excited to be joining MPA this school year.  She is looking forward to supporting the children, parents and teachers and fostering great communication.

 


 

Dave Massa
Treasurer

 

 


 

Lower School Team: 

 

 Ms. Christina Cardellini 
 Christina.Cardellini@MenloParkAcademy.com

 

 


 Ms. Jamie Schaedel
 Jamie.Schaedel@MenloParkAcademy.com

 

 


 Ms. Gabriela DelValle
 Gabriela.DelValle@MenloParkAcademy.com

 
 


 

 Mr. Sean MaKinster
 Sean.MaKinster@MenloParkAcademy.com


 


 Mrs. Laura Hodge
 Laura.Hodge@MenloParkAcademy.com





 Ms. Grace Coyne
 Grace.Coyne@MenloParkAcademy.com

 


 

 Mrs. Rachel Mabe
 Rachel.Mabe@MenloParkAcademy.com

 

Middle School Team

  Mathematics
  Mrs. Katie Theiss
  Katie.Theiss@MenloParkAcademy.com
 



Mathematics 

 Mr. Nick Pennypacker
 Nick.Pennypacker@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Science
 Mrs. Brittany Harraman
 Brittany.Harraman@MenloParkAcademy.com

 


  Science
  Dr. Elizabeth Klipfell
  Elizabeth.Klipfell@menloparkacademy.com

 


 Social Studies
 Mr. Daniel Pernod
 Daniel.Pernod@MenloParkAcademy.com
 

 


 Social Studies
 Mrs. Jessica M. Smith
 Jessica.Smith@menloparkacademy.com

 


 

  English Language Arts
  Mr. Adam Turski
  Adam.Turski@menloparkacademy.com

  Music, Instrumental
  Mrs. Lindsey Macey
  Lindsey.Macey@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Music, Vocal 
  Ms. Shannon Jakubczak
  Shannon.Jakubczak@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Art Grades K-4
  Ms. Amy Kreiger
  Amy.Kreiger@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Art Grades 5-8
 Mr. John Cycyk
 John.Cycyk@MenloParkAcademy.com
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  Physical Education and Health Grades K-8
  Ms. Michelle Slak
  Michelle.Slak@MenloParkAcademy.com
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 Technology

Mr. Eamon O'Donnell
 Eamon.ODonnell@MenloParkAcademy.com

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Biographies - Specials

 

Mrs. Lindsey Macey
Music

Mrs. Macey graduated from Youngstown State University in 2010. In addition to music education, Mrs. Macey has acted as a church music director, provided private music lessons, and enjoys being a wife and a mom.

Mrs. Macey has been involved in music since she was young. She has been exposed to many different types of ensemble and performance venues, from junior church choir to high school jazz band to college solo piano recitals.  She has been playing the piano since the sixth grade and she also played the French horn through high school and college. Although piano is her main instrument, Mrs. Macey has learned to play the guitar, banjo, and has even tinkered with the ukulele.

When Mrs. Macey isn’t teaching, listening to, or playing music, she is spending quality time with her family. She has been married to her husband, A.J., for almost three years.  Together they chase around a very busy toddler named Zoey. Knitting and crocheting, crafting, and reading are some of her other favorite past times.


Mr. John Cycyk
Middle School Art 

Mr. John Cycyk is a practicing artist with university experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a master’s degree in Fine Art from New York State University of Buffalo, and a Master in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University. He has positions previously at The Noble Academy, Beech Brook, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Mr. Cycyk’s hobbies include cooking, making videos with his daughter, and creating plush one-of-a-kind stuffed animals. His favorite pastime is cooking Italian food. 


Ms. Amy Krieger
Lower School Art

Ms. Amy Kreiger received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing at Youngstown State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the American University.

Her hobbies include painting and drawing, going to coffee shops, the beach, art galleries/museums, festivals, sports games in the summer, plays, and traveling (especially exploring big cities). Ms. Kreiger’s grew up in a very close family with 6 siblings and two amazing parents (holidays and family vacations traveling in 15 passenger vans are amongst her favorite memories). Her life highlights include being a nanny for a music executive in Los Angeles, California, and living in D.C. throughout grad school. 


Ms. Shannon Jakubczak
Music

Ms. Jakubczak is a graduate of Cleveland State University and was president of the CSU Chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association. She is currently in her fifth season as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has recently toured with them in Germany, France, Luxembourg, New York City, and Miami. She likes to cook and bake, decorate her planner, and spend time with her family-- especially her niece and nephews.

 

Special Education
Mr. Dennis Costa
Dennis.Costa@MenloParkAcademy.com

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Special Education
Beth Turk
Beth.Turk@MenloParkAcademy.com
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Guidance Service Providers

Dr. Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D., Psychologist
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Dr. Susan Rakow - LPC, Ph.D.
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Dr. Christine Brewer, Ph.D., Psychologist
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Ms. Anastasia Webb, Clinical Counselor, Supervisor
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Biographies - Services
 

Dennis Costa
Special Education

Mr. Costa caught the teaching bug while a parent volunteer for recess here at Menlo Park Academy several years ago. He attended Notre Dame College’s TEEL (Teacher Education Evening Licensure) Program for two years to complete his core. He hopes to be certified by the end of the school year as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 with an additional certification as a Reading Specialist.  Mr. Costa’s  future endeavours include a Masters in Education and he hopes one day to arrive at his final destination as a Behavioral Specialist.

Mr. Costa is an avid reader of any and everything with aspirations of writing YA Fiction and screenplays and has coached youth soccer for 8 years. 

 

Dr. Sylvia Rimm
Guidance Services

Menlo Park Academy has contracted with Dr. Sylvia Rimm to provide Guidance Services to address the social & emotional needs of our gifted children.  Services will include professional development sessions for our faculty, talks for our parents, and meetings with students.  We are thrilled to add this component to our overall delivery in our continued effort to achieve our mission of developing the potential of gifted learners through appropriate and rewarding experiences that nurture the whole child.  

The following bio information is taken directly from Dr. Rimm's web site, which you can visit for more information at www.sylviarimm.org.  

Dr. Rimm is a psychologist, director of Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Families come from all over the United States for help. 

She has authored many books including How to Parent So Children Will Learnand Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades, both 2008 National Best Books award winners from USA Book News. In addition, Dr. Rimm has written Growing Up Too Fast: The Rimm Report on the secret Lives of America's Middle Schoolers, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, Raising Preschoolers, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, and See Jane Win for Girls.

See Jane Win®, a New York Times Bestseller, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Today shows and in People Magazine. Her book, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. Many parents and educators seek Dr. Rimm's help through her books, tapes, q-cards, and newsletters.

In her parenting column, Dr. Rimm answers hundreds of letters each year from parents and grandparents in her nationally syndicated column with Creators Syndicate.

Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on family and school approaches to guiding children toward achievement, parenting, and the lives of teenagers. She is a dynamic speaker who fascinates audiences, speaking on many topics, tailoring her educational talks to the special themes of the audience. 

Dr. Rimm draws experience and inspiration from her wonderful husband; her very successful children: 2 daughters and 2 sons, and their spouses; and 9 vivacious grandchildren.

Dr. Rimm's expertise on gifted children, parenting, families, teens and tweens, and many more topics, makes her an excellent psychologist, author, columnist and speaker.

 

Susan Rakow, Ph.D.

Susan.Rakow@MenloParkAcademy.com

After teaching middle school and gifted students for 30 years, Susan Rakow, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University. In addition to her secondary English, Reading,  and Gifted certifications, Susan is also a National Board Certified teacher (EA/ELA) and a PRAXIS III Assessor. She is now sharing her experience and expertise by teaching courses that prepare new secondary and gifted teachers.  Dr. Rakow is directing the graduate program in gifted education.

Dr. Rakow started an AP Teacher Support network in collaboration with the GCEDC (Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center.) She was the chair of the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) Middle Grades Division and serves on the national Network Communications Committee. She initiated the Middle Grades Division newsletter "Middle Matters" and has served as its editor. At the state level, Susan is the Chair of the OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children) Higher Education Division. 

Dr. Rakow has presented at state and national conferences around the country and has been a consultant for many of Ohio's school districts as they strive to improve their gifted programming, particularly at the middle school level. 

In collaboration with CSU's Honors Program and College of Science, Dr. Rakow received grants in 2007, 2008, and 2009 from the Ohio Department of Education for Summer Honors Institutes  for gifted 9th and 10th graders. Participants  have had the opportunity to courses taught by university faculty including Flying Circus of Physics, Mathematical Kaleidoscope, Connections, Art, Creative Writing, and Political Science.  In addition, mentoring was provided by CSU  Honors Program students. 

Dr. Rakow is committed to helping schools and teachers to attain the twin goals of excellence and equity by meeting the needs of all of their students, including those with gifts and talents.   She and her husband raised two gifted children who  grew into intelligent, accomplished, loving adults. She also has two delightful grandsons.

Stacy StuhldreherStacy Stuhldreher

 

Stacy is thrilled to be joining MPA at this momentous time in our history. She believes that MPA is poised to be a model of national excellence in gifted education, and is excited to share her passion for children, excellence in educational innovation, and expertise in building a collaborative & positive school community culture.

 

Stacy graduated cum laude from the University of Mount Union, with her B.A. and certifications in elementary and middle school education. Her first teaching position was at Clark Elementary in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. While educating students in the Cleveland Schools, Stacy obtained her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, certification as a gifted instructor and principal license from Cleveland State University.  

Stacy taught in Cleveland’s Gifted and Talented Program, Major Work, and then became an assistant principal and principal. As Principal of O.H. Perry, she worked with Senator George Voinovich to secure funds for a computer lab and facilitated the Young Audiences 'ICARE Arts' Program; developing partnerships with the neighborhood artists of Collinwood. She was an Executive Administrator for Barbara Byrd-Bennett and mentored fellow principals. Stacy was trained in Assessment for Learning by the Institute for Learning through the University of Pittsburgh and was named a Richard Pogue Fellow.

As a principal and curriculum coordinator in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights’ City School District, she assisted with elementary curriculum; leading a math adoption, assisting with the revision of the ELA block and the adoption of Writer's Workshop. Stacy was a member of the Ohio Leadership Collaborative, led by Dr. Elmore from Harvard, and participated in Instructional Rounds in large urban school districts in Ohio. As principal of Canterbury School, she led the teaching team and raised the assigned academic ranking from the Ohio Department of Education from “Academic Watch” to “Excellent” in one school year. She also assisted Canterbury School in achieving candidacy as an International Baccalaureate School with an Arts Focus. Her team developed several partnerships with artists from the Cleveland area. Stacy also attended Ashland University to earn her Superintendent License.

Upon joining the Parma City Schools, Stacy served as principal for the inaugural STEM School within a school at Pleasant Valley. She also served as the Coordinator of Instructional Leadership for School Improvement where she coached and mentored principals of schools in School Improvement status. She assisted principals with goal setting, planning and the development and progress monitoring of data and school climate. She most recently served as the Interim Principal at Parma Senior High and the principal of Greenbriar Middle School. While serving as an educator, Stacy also served on the Parma Schools’ Foundation, the Focus on The Future Strategic Planning Team, the PBIS District Steering Committee, the District Leadership Team and as an executive board member for the Association of Parma Administrators.

In addition to her work in Parma, Stacy has mentored administrators in Cuyahoga County for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. She is a member of the Ursuline and Case Western Reserve University’s Educational Licensure Advisory Council. Stacy continues a partnership with the CWRU Music Department and presented with faculty at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in 2016. Stacy also presented Academic Parent and Teacher Teams (APTT) at the Connect for Success Conference and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference in 2016.

Stacy has been recognized for her work throughout her career. While principal of Oxford School in Cleveland Heights/University Heights, her team earned the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award from Providence House. She was nominated for the YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2013. Stacy and her STEM team were recognized in 2015 as WVIZ/PBS Innovative Educators for their work with infusing student ownership of technology into the STEM curriculum. Pleasant Valley and STEM won the National PTA School of Excellence Award in 2015. In 2016, Pleasant Valley won the Momentum Award from the Ohio Department of Education for earning an “A” grade on every value added measure. Stacy’s collaborative leadership style has earned praise from students, teachers, staff and parents. To Stacy, that is her most significant achievement. 

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