Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Directory

Name/Title
Email, Website, Office Phone
Allen, Suzanne
Geauga County Educational Service Center Assistant Superintendent
Carraher , Frank
Math Teacher
Falin, Rebecca
Chemistry/Physics Teacher
Haines Tucker, Tamee
Chief Academic Officer
Harriss, Brenda
Testing Coordinator/Resource Manager
Morse-Slivka, Glee
Administrative Assistant
Smith, Karly
English Teacher
Walunis, Patty
Science Teacher
Wright, Moriah
Math Teacher

"Meet" Our Staff

iSTEM Staff

Mrs. Suzanne Allen
Mrs. Suzanne Allen
Geauga County Educational Service Center Assistant Superintendent
District Staff
Suzanne has been working in Education for 23 years, beginning as a school psychologist in Maple Heights City Schools. Since that time, she has held the following positions: Special Education Director, Maple Heights City Schools; Pupil Services Director, West Geauga Local Schools; Curriculum Director, and presently Assistant Superintendent, at the Geauga County Educational Service Center. She has worked with Geauga Local Schools on school improvement initiatives, writing several Ohio Department of Education (ODE) grants to support this work. For the past two years, Suzanne has been part of the team who envisioned and created the iSTEM Early College High School and the Geauga Career Readiness Innovation Consortia, supported through the ODE Straight A Grant award. Suzanne will continue to be involved with iSTEM in the area of Pupil Services and general support as needed.
Mr. Frank Carraher
Math Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Mr. Frank Carraher completed his undergraduate degree in 4-9 Middle Childhood Education at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, graduating cum laude with concentrations in Math and Language Arts. He then went on to obtain his 7-12 Math teaching license through Kent State University. Just this year, he completed his Master’s degree in K-12 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction with a 4.0 GPA from Concordia University.

Mr. Carraher has six years of experience in teaching math. He began as a math tutor at the middle school level, taught one year of fifth grade math, and most recently taught four different math classes at the high school level for the last 4 years. In his spare time, Mr. Carraher enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing guitar, and watching and playing sports. He has been happily married for 2 years to his wife Elizabeth and has an adorable baby girl named Nora who was born in February.

Mr. Carraher is very excited to be joining the team at iSTEM. Math along with teaching have always been his passions and he is eager to work in a 21st century education environment to help the students at iSTEM become college and career ready.
Dr. Rebecca Falin
Chemistry/Physics Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Rebecca Falin is very excited to be joining iSTEM Geauga as a Chemistry and Physics instructor. This is her seventh year of teaching high school science, having taught five years in West Virginia and one year at Cardinal High School in Middlefield prior to coming to iSTEM. She received her B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Physics from Cleveland State University and PhD in Biophysics from Case Western Reserve University. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, and exploring new ways to learn and teach science. She's received grants from the American Chemical Society and Voya's Unsung Heroes program and regularly participates in professional development on active learning strategies. Rebecca believes that iSTEM's focus on inquiry, collaboration, critical thinking skills and personal responsibility provides students with a strong foundation and she looks forward to the challenges ahead.
Ms. Tamee Haines Tucker
Ms. Tamee Haines Tucker
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.
Mrs. Brenda J. Harriss
Mrs. Brenda J. Harriss
Testing Coordinator/Resource Manager
District Staff
Brenda J. Harriss is the Director of Innovative Instruction at the Geauga Educational Service Center. Her professional experiences will be utilized at iSTEM in the Data and Testing area as well as resource, technology and curriculum support for teaching and learning. Brenda’s schooling began with kindergarten in Willoughby-Eastlake, followed by Saint Mary Magdalene, Lake Catholic (as their third graduating class), Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana with a year of Montessori Studies in Rome, Italy. Brenda earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Texas and her Superintendent's license through Bowling Green University.

Leisure activities include cycling (a novice), creative writing, yoga, music of all genres, driving and Friday night football games! Learning to sail and play the piano are two new goals.

Ms. Harriss is excited to support iSTEM because it is based upon best practices for student achievement, truly prepares students to be successful in 21st century skills and engages students in powerful and meaningful learning. The academic skills combined with the highly-engaging and democratic social skills that the students are guided through are top-notch. The iSTEM experience is one sets students up to move into the professional world with confidence and needed skills.
Ms. Glee Morse-Slivka
Ms. Glee Morse-Slivka
Administrative Assistant
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Ms. Morse-Slivka has been working in the School environment for over 27 years, beginning at Metzenbaum School, the Geauga County Educational Service Center and now iSTEM.

Glee has two beautiful daughters, Taylor age 18 and Rachel, 15. She loves spending time with her girls whether it be shopping, going out to eat, watching Netflix or playing Left, Right, Center or Monopoly. 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 education.
Miss Karly Smith
English Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Miss Karly Smith received her Bachelor's degree in English from Otterbein University in 2014. Her experience growing up and at Otterbein was grounded in serving the community through local history organizations, church, and other volunteer organizations. Since graduating, she has subbed in both mainstream and special education classrooms, tutored English for a program that serves underprivileged students, and subbed as a reference librarian at the Geauga County Public Library. She has been avidly reading and writing since she was young and continues to write short stories and poetry in her spare time.

Favorite authors include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Robin McKinley. Favorite poets include Luci Shaw, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost. Karly also enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening, baking, hand lettering and illustrating, going to museums, and attending church. She is grateful for the privilege of being able to start her teaching career at iSTEM, and looks forward to using her creativity to help students develop a lifelong love of learning.
Ms. Patty Walunis
Ms. Patty Walunis
Science Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Ms. Patty Walunis has been teaching for 15 years, first at Lake Catholic and most recently at Andrews Osborne Academy. Her interests include spending time with her family which includes her three boys and her husband.

Ms. Walunis’s three boys all play varying travel sports; however, when time permits, her family loves to travel to National Parks where hiking and fishing are in abundance. Ms. Walunis loves cooking, reading, and gardening. Ms. Walunis is excited to be at iSTEM because it challenges her to “think outside the box” and to learn along with her students. She loves the enhanced opportunity for collaborative learning and discovery, and the myriad opportunities for students to be creative and share share their passion and knowledge with the community.
Miss Moriah Wright
Miss Moriah Wright
Math Teacher
District Staff
Office: 440-358-8038
Miss Moriah Wright completed her master’s degree in pure math in 2012 from Youngstown State University. She has been teaching for the last 3 years, first at Lakeland Community College as both an adjunct and full-time faculty member and most recently at Boardman High School.

Moriah still works closely with the national math honorary society, Pi Mu Epsilon, with their summer conference, MathFest, in organizing and typesetting the student paper sessions abstract booklet. Outside of school, Moriah enjoys spending time with her parents and three brothers, helping out with the family business and church groups, attending local theatrical productions and concerts, cooking, reading, crafting, playing piano, and having game nights with friends.

Moriah is thrilled to be a part of the iSTEM team and looks forward to working with students to apply math and problem-solving processes in real-life contexts. She wholeheartedly believes that tapping into and encouraging students’ creativity in this collaborative environment will be a sound foundation for their current and future leadership roles.
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