In an effort to continue the agency’s services and supports for district and school literacy and gifted education efforts, the ESC welcomed to new staff members this school year. Dr. Shannon Beach
(pictured on right), adolescent literacy specialist, will provide supports focused on coaching, consulting, and facilitating in all areas of literacy. She also will serve as a Highly Qualified Instructional Materials (HQIM) specialist working with schools on the implementation of HQIM.
Shannon taught high school English language arts for 28 years with 26 of those years at Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The last two years she taught at St. Charles North High School located in St. Charles, Illinois. In addition to teaching high school, she has served as an adjunct professor at Kent State University as well as a professional development coordinator in the area of content area literacy.
She earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a bachelor of science degree in comprehensive communications. Shannon is married to husband, Bob, and has four children: Ashton (23), Braden (19), Emerson (9), and Hawken (7).
(pictured on left), also joining the ESC this school year, will serve districts and schools as a gifted and talented education specialist. In this role, she will support districts and schools in the creation and enrichment of their gifted and talented programs to better serve students.
Carmen previously served as the K-12 gifted coordinator in the Teays Valley Local School District. She has 21 years of classroom teaching experience in grades two, four, and five. Carmen also served as president of, and continues to serve as a member, the Gifted Coordinators of Central Ohio (GCCO) and a facilitator for Social Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG).
She has been married for 21 years, has two children, a dog, a cat, two horses, and loves spending time with her family. She also is a self-proclaimed “space geek” enjoying anything space or physics related.