Cleveland Teaching Collaborative


Saily Aloni, CTC Research Assistant, Cleveland State University

Saily Aloni is a graduate student at Cleveland State University seeking a Master’s degree in Accounting with a specialization in Financial Accounting and Audit. Saily has worked as a Graduate Assistant at the CSU Writing Center helping students to write and edit papers.

Patrick Basista, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

Patrick Basista, Social Studies teacher at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, is a graduate of Cleveland State University and an avid proponent of Stanford History Education Group’s Historical Thinking Skills. Aided by the features found in Blackboard, he challenged himself to provide history instruction that supplied up-to-date feedback to his students on their assignments and learning. Here, he details some of his challenges and successes in this unique period of online teaching and learning.

Chad Berry, Saint Martin de Porres High School

Chad Berry is a 4th year high school teacher at Saint Martin de Porres High School.  He has a B.B.A in Business Management from Kent State University and a M.E. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. He has taught ESL, World History, Entrepreneurship, and Government.   

Molly Buckley-Marudas, Cleveland State University

Molly Buckley-Marudas is an Assistant Professor of Adolescent & Young Adult English Education at Cleveland State University and Faculty-in-Residence at Campus International High School. Buckley-Marudas teaches courses including Inquiry-Based Methods for English Language Arts, Young Adult Literature, and Content Area Literacy. Her research and professional activities focus on the topics of youth-led research, digital literacies, English education and teacher action research. She has published articles in the ​Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, International Journal of Multicultural Education, and The ALAN Review. Buckley-Marudas is currently leading The City Is Our Campus, an Educator Innovator Challenge Grant funded by the National Writing Project and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign and is a creator of the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative with Shelley Rose.

John Dutton, Campus International High School

John Dutton started his own business in high school teaching adults how to use their computers, then entered the tech industry as a web designer and programmer. Since deciding education was his best contribution to the world around him, Mr. Dutton has taught science and a variety of other subjects for 15 years in Mozambique, East Cleveland, and Cleveland. At Campus International High School, he is actively researching the impact of both G Suite for Education and storytelling on his and other classrooms.

Charles Ellenbogen, Campus International High School

Charles Ellenbogen recently completed his 27th year of teaching. This includes 9 years of working with the International Baccalaureate program. He recently published a teaching memoir called This Isn’t the Movies. . He taught at Baltimore City College High School from 2002-2005. From 2002-2004, he and Jason were in the English Department together. He is a self-proclaimed Luddite.

Yassin Essaid, Campus International School

Yassin Essaid has been teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco since 2004.In the school year 2019/2020, he has been teaching Arabic in Campus International High school as a visiting teacher. He holds a master’s degree in Translation Sciences and Linguistics. In 2005, He conducted a research project on the Communicative Approach in Moroccan Classrooms as part of his BA program. He is currently the secretary general of the regional branch of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. 

Melanie Gagich, Cleveland State University

Melanie Gagich earned her doctorate in Composition and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in June 2020 and has been teaching college writing since 2009. She has published her work in the Interactive Journal of Technology and Pedagogy and Writing Spaces. Her research interests include multimodal composition, digital literacy, and open access pedagogy. She served as convener of the DigitalCSU working group from 2018-2020. 

Tatiana Gracyk, Cleveland State University

Dr. Gracyk is an assistant college lecturer at Cleveland State University. Her primary research interest is in biomedical ethics, focusing on evaluating frameworks for decision-making in healthcare. Her teaching is similarly focused on biomedical ethics, frequently utilizing the instructional design principles of Team-Based Learning to prepare her students for working in the healthcare field. She also serves as a member of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ethics committee. 

Sam Hayest, Constellation Schools- Parma Community

Samuel Hayest is a fifth year educator with Constellation Schools, teaching Social Studies. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University and holds degrees in Social Studies and History. He uses an eclectic teaching style combining primary and secondary sources with hands-on activities to meet the learning needs of all students. He believes that a student’s learning potential can be maximized through routine, rapport, and open communication. 

Sophia Higginbottom, Campus International High School

With a background in International Studies, the Arts, and nonprofit sector work, Sophia Higginbottom brings real world experience and vision into classrooms where young people learn to deeply respect and embrace cultural differences while creating change in their communities.  Higginbottom was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and graduated from Cleveland public school.  She holds a degree in Liberal Arts from Cuyahoga Community College and a degree in International Studies from Denison University.  She has previously served as a City Year Corps Member at East Technical High School, a Teach For America educator, an Intervention Specialist at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, and a World Literature instructor at Campus International High School.

Jeneen Hobby, Cleveland State University

Dr. Hobby has been teaching Political Science at Cleveland State University for 21 years. She has taught at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; and in Northeast Ohio at Baldwin Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in the work of German-Jewish theorist and author Walter Benjamin. She undertook research at the Benjamin Archiv at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and in the Georges Bataille collection of Benjamin’s work at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, on a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

John Jirik, Cleveland State University

John Jirik, Ph.D. is an Assistant College Lecturer in the School of Communication at Cleveland State University. He worked internationally in television and social, digital and online news. His employers include Reuters, NBC, CCTV and TRT World. He did his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.

Amanda Lamadanie, Campus International High School

Amanda Lamadanie teaches 9th and 11th grade language and literature and 12th grade psychology at Campus International High School in Cleveland OH. Additionally, she advises Model UN. She started Campus Connects Book Club in an effort to create space for community and foster reading both for pleasure and critical thinking and social engagement during the quarantine period. 

Lana Mobydeen, Cleveland State University

Professor Lana Mobydeen is currently a PhD candidate at Kent State University. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Her current focus areas are transnational and comparative politics and conflict analysis and conflict management. Her current research primarily focuses on comparative immigration policy and political development. She recently published a book review of Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention in Peace Review.

Christopher Morris, Rootstown Local School District

Mr. Morris holds a 7-12 Integrated Social Studies certification earned after graduating from Cleveland State University in May 2017. He has been teaching Modern World History and upper-class social studies electives at Rootstown High School since the fall of 2017. He also coaches the high school Quiz Bowl team.

Marcy Perry, Campus International School

Marcy Perry has been teaching 6th and 7th grade Language and Literature at Campus International School in Cleveland, Ohio for 4 years. 

Jasmine Prezenkowski, CTC Research Assistant, Cleveland State University

Jasmine Prezenkowski is a graduate student at Cleveland State University seeking a Master’s degree in History with a specialization in Museum Studies.

Christopher Rennison, Cleveland State University

Marnie Rodriguez, Cleveland State University

Marnie Rodriguez is a Senior College Lecturer at Cleveland State University. She teaches a variety of courses in Sociology, ranging from introductory-level general education courses to upper-division electives and required courses.

Shelley Rose, Cleveland State University

Shelley E. Rose​ is Associate Professor of History and Director of Social Studies at Cleveland State University. Rose teaches a range of topics from geography to world history, gender studies to European history. Her research and professional activities focus on the topics of digital humanities, protest history, and gender history. She has published articles in ​Peace & Change and the ​Journal of Urban History , leads the Protest Spaces Research Network, ​Gender Studies Resources ​database project, and is a creator of the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative with Molly Buckley-Marudas.

Julie Saternus, Cleveland State University

Julie Saternus specializes in multimodal and multilingual composition practices. She has been a college lecturer at Cleveland State University since 2019 and graduated with a Ph.D. from Kent State University’s Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice program. She has also taught writing at The University of Akron, Kent State University, and Stark State College. Dr. Saternus now teaches first-year writing and aims to infuse her classroom with critical language pedagogy, direct instruction, and tools for the digital workplace.

Sarah Schwab, Campus International High School

Sarah Schwab is a 19-year veteran of the Spanish classroom and has taught at both private and public schools in Illinois and Ohio. She has taught at Campus International for the past three years. She keeps her career interesting by never quite being satisfied with her work in the classroom and consistently trying new things – some which work and some which don’t, the 2020 shutdown was not an exception.

Mark Souther, Cleveland State University

J. Mark Souther is a professor of history and the director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. His areas of research and teaching interest include modern U.S. history, urban history, southern history, and public history. In addition to leading the Cleveland Historical and Cleveland Voices projects, he has co-directed two NEH digital humanities grants that involved digital platform development, collaborative teaching, and digital storytelling with a partner university in Kenya.

Elizabeth Thomas, Cleveland State University

Elizabeth Thomas, Ph.D. is an Assistant College Lecturer in the School of Communication at Cleveland State University and teaches promotional communication courses and serves as the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter advisor. She worked in the public relations field for more than 18 years in the non-profit and higher education sectors.

Jeremy Tugeau, Campus International High School

Jeremy Tugeau is an artist and teacher based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He is agraduate of Syracuse University (BFA 1995) and Case Western Reserve university (MA 2015).A professional Fine Artist and Illustrator, Tugeau has illustrated 23 picture books including “WhoWere the Beatles” (Penguin/Random House2003) and “The Buddy Files” ( Albert Whitman2010). His fine art is represented by Robert Foster Fine Art in Nantucket, MA and Heights ArtsGallery in Cleveland Heights Ohio. After connecting with young people by visiting schools toshare his books, Tugeau began teaching art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This is his 6thyear with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Allison Welch, Campus International High School

Allison Welch is an Intervention Specialist at Campus International High School in Cleveland. She has a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University and Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College. Allison has worked in many different educational settings for 12 years. She was an English teacher trainer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, an Educational Interpreter for Spanish-speaking students with disabilities, and an Instructional Coach before working for Campus International. 

Robert Whitbred, Cleveland State University