Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Name/Title
Email, Website, Office Phone
Case, Mrs. Jennifer
Guidance Counselor
Office: 440-358-8038 x 834
Cvelbar Mrs., Laura
Educational Assistant
Office: 440-358-8038
Falin, Dr. Rebecca
Chemistry/Physics Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Haines Tucker, Mrs. Tamee
Chief Academic Officer
Office: 440-358-8038
Morse-Slivka, Ms. Glee
Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-358-8038
Parks, Mrs. Brittany
English Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Petrecca, Mr. Vincent
Math Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Smith, Miss Karly
English Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Walunis, Ms. Patty
Science Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Weist, Ms. Carter
Intervention Specialist
Office: 440-358-8038
Wright, Miss Moriah
Math Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038
Young, Miss Samantha
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 440-358-8038

"Meet" Our Staff

Mrs. Jennifer Case
Case, Mrs. Jennifer
Guidance Counselor
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038 x 834
My name is Jennifer Case and I am tremendously excited to have been hired as the first school counselor for iSTEM!  I am a Northeast Ohio native who has returned to the area after living in Texas and Michigan.  I taught 6th grade for the first five years of my career, and have been working as a middle or high school counselor ever since.  Post-secondary education planning and college advising are two areas I am particularly excited be working on with students.  My goal is to be a strong student advocate and a trusted and reliable source of information for students, parents and staff.  I can’t wait to partner with all of you to support the best possible academic, social and post-secondary outcomes for iSTEM students!
Laura Cvelbar Mrs.
Cvelbar Mrs., Laura
Educational Assistant
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Laura Cvelbar, our Education Assistant is entering in her 1st year with iSTEM.   Laura has her Bachelors from Ursuline College in Art and her Education Certification from Baldwin-Wallace.  She has been teaching as a substitute teacher to teaching preschool at her local YMCA. On a personal level, Laura has three children of her own-all boys; ages 13, 9, and 7.  You can find her most days taking pictures in nature, doodling in her art journal, or spending time with her husband Jeff. She enjoys being a Leader in Cub “Family” Scouting events and meetings.  You can also find her at the YMCA in the pool or working her 2nd job there. Laura is looking forward to a wonderful and fulfilling year here with us at iSTEM. 
Dr. Rebecca Falin
Falin, Dr. Rebecca
Chemistry/Physics Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Dr. Rebecca Falin has not been far from a lab since taking her first high school chemistry class.  She got her first job working as a lab assistant a week after graduating high school and spent the next 17 years working as a technician and chemist at Avery-Dennison and Glastic Corporation.  She earned Bachelor degrees in chemistry and physics from Cleveland State University by taking night classes before embarking on a mid-life quest for a doctorate, completing her PhD in biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in 2007.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University and Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, she taught chemistry and physics in rural West Virginia for five years. She returned home to Lake County in 2015 to be closer to her family.  In her free time, Dr. Falin enjoys hiking, gardening, growing clivias, unearthing family skeletons from the genealogical closet, and eating gummy worms.
Mrs. Tamee Haines Tucker
Haines Tucker, Mrs. Tamee
Chief Academic Officer
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Tamee Haines Tucker a devoted educator for over 25 years, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from John Carroll University. She earned her Superintendent license from Cleveland State University and completed doctoral coursework, with a focus in STEM education, at Northcentral University. In addition, she is a graduate level, adjunct professor at Notre Dame College. She began her career as a classroom teacher, promoting cross-curriculum instructional strategies and encouraging students to experience the wonders of science. Over the past 2 decades she served as a school administrator for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, Newbury Local Schools, and Mayfield City Schools. With a rich history of individualized education, both intervention and enrichment, her focus is on providing opportunities that increase the rigor of academic experiences for all, based on the individual needs of all students. Throughout her tenure, she championed the advancement of technology based instructional strategies to increase student engagement, and challenged teachers to utilize cutting-edge advancements to promote high level student achievement. She facilitated fundraising and grant writing efforts which have amounted to equipping schools with state of the art technology directed for student use. She is a long-time resident of Geauga County, where she resides with her husband. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, son and extended family members.

She looks forward to extending learning opportunities for iSTEM students through community and business partnerships. Together with iSTEM families and students, she promotes individual learning pathways that prepare students to become lifelong learners, as they explore their personal goals.
Ms. Glee Morse-Slivka
Morse-Slivka, Ms. Glee
Administrative Assistant
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Ms. Morse-Slivka has been working in the School environment for over 29 years, beginning at Metzenbaum School, the Geauga County Educational Service Center and now iSTEM.

Glee grew up in Geauga County, graduating from Chardon High School.  She has two beautiful daughters, Taylor age 21 and Rachel, 18, who also graduated from Chardon and are now enrolled in college pursuing a career in the medical field.   Mrs. Slivka helped with the formation of a Crisis Response Team at The Chardon United Methodist Church.  She is currently the secretary for the Ohio Red Knights Chapter 1 Club, which was the first Firefighters Motorcycle Club formed in Ohio by her late father.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with her family, and spoiling her three dogs.  

Ms. Slivka is beyond excited to be a part of iSTEM because of its determination to pave the way for the future of education. Ms. Slivka is very proud to be a part of this innovative program.  She looks forward to seeing the first graduating class of 2019, as well as many more to come.
Mrs. Brittany Parks
Parks, Mrs. Brittany
English Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Mrs. Brittany Parks is a second year teacher at iSTEM High School. Mrs. Parks graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Language Arts (7-12). Mrs. Parks completed her student teaching at Akron STEM High School and was thrilled to continue her work in the world of STEM when she joined iSTEM Geauga Early College High School last year. In addition to her love of reading, Mrs. Parks enjoys scrapbooking, cats, traveling, cats, and binge watching Netflix shows recommended by your children. Mrs. Parks is teaching ELA 3 and ELA 4 during the fall 2018 semester. 
Mr. Vincent Petrecca
Petrecca, Mr. Vincent
Math Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Mr. Vince Petrecca has always had a love for mathematics and problem solving. He graduated from The University of Akron with his Bachelor’s Degree in pure Mathematics (what a nerd), and from Kent State University with his Masters Degree in Teaching. He is starting his second year of teaching mathematics at the high school level, but has been teaching adolescents for almost six years. Mr. Petrecca started his teaching career at the age of 19 as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. Since getting certified as an instructor, he has taught over 20 different lifeguarding and CPR classes, successfully certified over 200 students and has managed to make over 25 life-saving rescues as a lifeguard. As a lifeguard manager and instructor, he found his passion in working with adolescents and decided to pursue education. Besides teaching, Mr. Petrecca enjoys being outside, spending time with family and friends, going kayaking and backpacking, and traveling to new places. He considers himself a Spikeball enthusiast, a donut  connoisseur and a fan of the color orange. 
Miss Karly Smith
Smith, Miss Karly
English Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Miss Karly Smith has been immersed in reading and writing as well as art her entire life. She graduated from Otterbein University (Westerville, OH) with her Bachelor’s in English Literary Studies and her Teaching License. She is embarking on her third year of teaching, as well as her third year at iSTEM, which is a great place to share her love of all things English and her love of people. Apart from being an English teacher,  Miss Smith is also a writer, book nerd, artist, lover of the outdoors, board game enthusiast, leader for church youth ministry, and the kind of person who loves to laugh. She cherishes spending time with her friends, her parents, and her two sisters, especially while eating ice cream, and most especially if the ice cream is from Mitchell’s. 
Ms. Patty Walunis
Walunis, Ms. Patty
Science Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038

For those of you who are new to iSTEM, I am the tree-hugger-in-residence. I will save and recycle every scrap of paper I find and drive to maximize my car’s MPG (much to the dismay of anyone driving with me or behind me...but I’m up to 52.5 mpg!!). After earning a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology (where I had my 15 minutes of fame, discovering a new species of fly), I worked in environmental consulting for a few years, but took a leap into education. I have taught various life science courses (from ESL to AP) over the last 20 years at Lake Catholic, Andrews Osborne Academy, and since its inception, iSTEM.

In my spare time, I enjoy answering emails in the wee hours of the morning and forcing my three boys and husband on hiking, canoeing, and biking trips in National Parks across the U.S. My husband and I have coached travel basketball and baseball, and though I have hung up my high tops, I will miss herding cats...er, I mean, coaching pre-teen boys.
Ms. Carter Weist
Weist, Ms. Carter
Intervention Specialist
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038

Ms. Carter Weist, otherwise known as Ms. W, is iSTEM’s Intervention Specialist. She prefers to be known as her students’ agent of change, both academically and socially. She has a passion for helping students realize their potential while learning to appreciate the journey and achieve their goals.


Ms. Weist has a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree from Ursuline in Special Education. She is also a certified Reading Specialist. She has travelled the world; lived overseas, and moved 25 times!!  She has three children, one of whom is an iSTEM student. She has personal experience with disabilities and has acted as a parent advocate over her career. She has the privilege of serving students everyday!


Miss Moriah Wright
Wright, Miss Moriah
Math Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Miss Moriah Wright derives an inexplicable joy from factoring polynomials in Algebra 2 and applying integration techniques in Calculus. She completed her master’s degree in pure math in 2012 from Youngstown State University after completing her thesis on RSA and Public Key Encryption. She is embarking on her 7th year of teaching and has taught in both the college and high school settings at Lakeland Community College, Boardman High School and was one of the founding teachers at iSTEM in 2015. Outside of school, Moriah enjoys spending time with her parents and three brothers, helping out with the family floral business and church groups, attending local theatrical productions and concerts, traveling to new places, making Funfetti waffles, hiking, kayaking, reading, having game nights with friends, and trying (unsuccessfully) to keep basil plants alive.
Miss Samantha Young
Young, Miss Samantha
Social Studies Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038

Miss Samantha Young, despite what her name suggests, is the teacher of all things old at iSTEM. Her current classes include US History and Modern World History. She graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a degree in Integrated Social Studies. When she isn’t creating history lessons, Miss Young enjoys spending her time in the outdoors, eating at the local restaurants in her area, listening to podcasts, and trying to crochet while her cat eats the yarn. 


This fall, Miss Young is teaching US History and World History. US History is usually the first history class iSTEM students take during high school. This class will guide students through through the history of the United States of America, from colonization to the modern era. This class is based in primary source reading, practicing our historian skills, and creativity. Just recently, students participated in a project called ‘Day in the Square’, where students took on the role of colonists and rallied their classmates to either go towards revolution or stay safely under the rule of Great Britain. 


World History is a class with mostly upperclassmen who are familiar with US History and US Government. The goal of this course is to give students a global view of history, and understand that the entire world is affected by actions of few. This course will cover ‘the age of revolutions’, imperialism, the world wars, the atomic age, and the modern age.  Right now in class, we are discussing the French Revolution and revolutions in Latin America, and the implications of those. Students are working on a larger scale ‘baseball card’ project that will have them cover major figures from the time periods we are discussing and determine what their importance is. 


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