Meet the Elementary School Intervention Specialists

Amber Smith

Mrs. Smith has worked at Cloverleaf for 23 years and currently serves students in kindergarten and 2nd grade. She has her Bachelors in Developmentally Handicapped K-12 and Masters in Technology Integration. She is married with three children: Corey, Cailee, and Cassidy. Mrs. Smith says that Cloverleaf has become a part of her family. She would choose reading over any other hobby, and she reads 20-30 books each summer! She has always wanted to be a teacher and knew she wanted to work with children with special needs after working in a facility for adults with disabilities.

Lisa Baranovic

Mrs. Baranovic has worked at Cloverleaf for 4 years and currently serves students in 1st and 3rd grades. She graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Intervention Specialist, PK-3. She is married with two children: Aiden and Lily. Ms. Baranovic shared that she loves rollerskating and was a competitive roller skater until she was 18 years old. She grew up in Cloverleaf Schools and loves it because the focus is always on the students, how to help them achieve more, see themselves as more, and be more than they ever thought they could be. She has always wanted to be a teacher and loves watching students light up when they have that “Ah Ha” moment and realize they can achieve anything they set out to do.

Dalene Clark

This is Mrs. Clark’s second year at Cloverleaf. She currently serves students in 1st and 2nd grades. Mrs. Clark has a Bachelor’s degree from Ashland University and a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Marygrove. She is married with three children: Heidi, Millee, and Boone. She shared that she loves Cloverleaf because the district runs like a well oiled machine and the support here has been unbelievable to prepare her to do her best in the classroom. She also shared that she can say her ABC’s backward!

Ashley Kuzyk

This is Mrs. Kuzyk’s third year at Cloverleaf; previously she served as an intervention specialist and this year her role is Dean of Students of the Elementary School. Mrs. Kuzyk also serves as the coordinator for Safety City and the advisor for CESA. She has a Master’s in Teaching. Her husband Steve graduated from Cloverleaf and she has a daughter, Nora and a dog, Bailey. Mrs. Kuzyk shared that she loves the feeling of community that is inherent to Cloverleaf. She chose to become an educator because of her work experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after college graduation. She strongly believes that every child can learn and deserves an advocate.

Jessica Hitchcock

Mrs. Hitchcock has worked at Cloverleaf for 15 years and currently serves 5th grade students. She graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Special Education. Her family is originally from New York. She is married with two sons who attend Cloverleaf High School. She is an active member in the Medina County 4-H program and her husband is retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service. She enjoys spending time outside. The Cloverleaf district has become a “home away from home” for her family. She used to be a horse trainer when she lived in New York, and ran her own 4-H club until she was 24. As a child, she struggled with reading and wanted to help students that struggled with school as well. Her long term life goal is to establish her own therapeutic horseback riding program for students and adults with disabilities.

Laura Haas

Mrs. Haas has worked at Cloverleaf for 7 years and currently serves 4th grade students. She is married with boy-girl twins and a cat. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. She shared that Cloverleaf is special to her because of the community within our school. Outside of school, Mrs. Haas enjoys cooking and gardening. She always wanted to be a teacher, even from a young age. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the “light bulb” moment when she helps a student achieve mastery of a skill.

Amy Serafinchon

Mrs. Serafinchon has worked at Cloverleaf for 18 years. She graduated from the University of Toledo and Cloverleaf High School. She shared that Cloverleaf is like home and has a special place in her heart. She has been to almost every state in the United States! She has yet to visit the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii and one day she hopes to visit all of the states. Mrs. Serafinchon has three children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Her son Ben is a freshman at Kent State University majoring in computer science. Joshua and Emily attend Wooster High School. She began her special education career because her aunt worked in the filed. She loves working with kids and helping children grow to the best of their abilities. She shared, “Not only do I teach the kids in my room everyday but I learn something everyday from the kids in my class.”

Leighann Reep

Mrs. Reep has worked at Cloverleaf for 16 years and currently serves students in 5th grade. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K-12) and from the University of Akron with a Master’s degree and reading endorsement. She is married with three children: Kaylee, Lillian, and Clayton. She loves the Cloverleaf family-like environment and chose to be an educator because she has always enjoyed helping others and wanted to have a positive impact on children. She shared, “I am the youngest of three children and my parents were convinced I was going to be a boy (ultrasounds were not routinely completed back then). My name was going to be Patrick Joseph. When I was born, my parents had to come up with a different name, so I was named after both of my grandmothers (Leona, who went by the name Leigh, and Anna)!”

Carolyn Schweppe

Mrs. Schweppe has worked at Cloverleaf for 8 years. She attended Bowling Green University and Kent State University for her degree in Special Education. She has three grown children: Austin, Scott, and Maria. She was born in San Antonio, Texas. She loves the happiness at Cloverleaf and wants to bring happiness to a child’s day. She became an educator because she wanted to do something every day that she enjoys, and she enjoys teaching and seeing students learn and grow.

Ashley Beisecker

Ms. Beisecker has worked at Cloverleaf for four years, primarily with students in third grade. She has a pet pig named Henri Bakn and a cat named Hilde Mae. In her spare time, she collects vintage Pyrex. She loves working with students and seeing them make growth and the sense of community at Cloverleaf.

Rachel Connelly

Mrs. Connelly is in her third year at Cloverleaf and serves students in the Colts Online Learning Academy. She has a master’s degree and is an only child. She has been married with one daughter and a black lab. She was a figure skater from the age of 3 to 17. She chose to be an educator because she had such a wonderful experience in school and wanted to provide that for other children. Coming to Cloverleaf has been a rejuvenation with positive, energetic, ambitious, kind, helpful, and loving staff, parents and students.

Lana Goad

Mrs. Goad is in her tenth year teaching and her seventh year at Cloverleaf Elementary School! She graduated from Ashland University as an Intervention Specialist Moderate/Intensive and obtained her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She have always wanted to be an Intervention Specialist and follow in her mother’s footsteps! She shared, “It brings me so much joy to work with students and provide them with instruction and a love of learning that will last them a lifetime!” At home, She has boy/girl twins who are almost 2 years old. She loves to read books, go for walks and play outside. She loves spending time with family and friends and wants to travel the world one day!

Pattie Roush

Pattie has been with Cloverleaf Local Schools as a preschool intervention specialist and this year is working with students PK-3 in the Colts Online Learning Academy. She lives in the district and could not be more proud to work within her community. She is married and have two children who attend Cloverleaf as well. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in elementary education from Bethany College and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the eager faces of her students learning something new and achieving goals that did not seem possible. Every year brings new challenges and new rewarding experiences, and she couldn’t love it more.

Special Education COVID-19 Reopening Updates

Dear Parents, 

We are looking forward to having our students back next week!  Here are a few special education department updates regarding the reopening:

  • All IEP, 504, and ETR meetings will be held via video and/or teleconference during the 2020-2021 school year.  
  • Masks are required for in person instruction.  Please bring a doctor’s note for your child if he/she has a disability preventing him/her from wearing a mask.
  • Clear masks are available for staff or students for students with communication and hearing needs or by request
  • Students enrolled in the Colts Online Learning Academy with an IEP will be served via online services and telehealth following the distance learning plan developed with you and your child’s IEP team.
  • All students enrolled in person with an IEP will have a contingency plan developed in order to prepare for the possibility of another school closure in the future.  You will be contacted by your child’s IEP case manager for input on the plan and you can request a full IEP team meeting to discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s ability to access instruction in an online setting.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nicole K. Stalter

Director of Special Services

Meet the High School Intervention Specialists

Tera Petruska, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Tera Petruska

Mrs. Petruska has worked at Cloverleaf for five years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Studies (7-12) and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She is married with two children. Mrs. Petruska shared that she loves the small town feel of Cloverleaf, and the support from the community is a blessing. She chose to be an educator because she loves watching students succeed even when the path isn’t always easy.


Wendy Nelson, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Wendy Nelson

Mrs. Nelson has worked at Cloverleaf for twenty years. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s degree in School Administration. She is married with three children. She shared that she loves getting to know the students and families here at Cloverleaf and helping the students succeed and find their “niche”.


Blair Shimandle, Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Blair Shimandle

Ms. Shimandle has worked many years at Cloverleaf in various capacities, but this is her fourth year working full-time as a teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master’s degree in Secondary Social Science from the University of Southern California. She has two 4-legged children: a Dutch Shepherd Dog named Wicket and a tabby cat named GT. Ms. Shimandle shared, “Cloverleaf has always felt like home to me. I lived here as a young kid, and when I came back to visit as an adult, it was clear that this is my home.” This year, Ms. Shimandle is providing interventions and specialized instruction for our online students.


Stephanie Senko,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Stephanie Senko

This is Mrs. Senko’s eighth year as a high school intervention specialist. Before coming to Cloverleaf, she worked at McCormick Middle School in Wellington, Ohio, teaching eighth grade social studies and at Wellington High School in their cross categorical disability program. While at Cloverleaf she has co-taught English 9, English 10 and Algebra 1A.


Catherine Kitty Medlock,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Catherine Medlock-Smith

Mrs. Medlock-Smith has been an intervention specialist with Cloverleaf High School for five years. She teaches co-teaching Algebra 1B, Geometry, and Strategies 10 ELA/Math.


Michele Day,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Michele Day

Mrs. Day is in her third year teaching at Cloverleaf. She attended Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in American Sign Language Education/Interpretation. She worked as a sign language interpreter for 5 years in the middle and high school setting. Mrs. Day then moved to Kent, OH where she earned my BSE degree in Special Education from Kent State University. This is where she met her husband. Mrs. Day shared, “While I was working as an interpreter I worked with students who struggled with multiple disabilities. I often had to reinforce academic skills learned in the classroom and found that part of my job much more satisfying and enjoyable. I also realized that my natural skill set was much more aligned to teaching rather than interpreting. After 5 years of interpreting I decided to make the career change to become a special education teacher. It was one of the best decisions of my life!”


Alison Hanudel,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Alison Hanudel

Mrs. Hanudel has been teaching since 2005, and this is her 8th year within the Cloverleaf Local School district. She has a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education. She also has reading, computer/technology, and adapted physical education endorsements. Mrs. Hanudel enjoys sports, being outdoors, and doing lots of fun activities with her family. She and her husband have two children, Penelope and Eleanor. Both of Mrs. Hanudel’s parents were teachers (father taught physical education and mother taught special education), so she knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher to continue in their footsteps and help students be successful. This year, Mrs. Hanudel is providing interventions and specialized instruction for our online students.


Susan Kolar

Mrs. Kolar has worked at Cloverleaf for four years, but has taught for 37 years! She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) and is married with two children (twins: a boy and girl). Mrs. Kolar shared that she has known since second grade that she wanted to be a special education teacher. She had a friend that was hearing impaired and no one would play with her until she suggested that group include her. Being able to make someone happy is what inspired her to become a special educator.


Nicholas Romanoff,  Intervention Specialist, Cloverleaf High School
Nicholas Romanoff

Mr. Romanoff has been a teacher at Cloverleaf for eight years. He is a Cloverleaf graduate and is married to a Cloverleaf elementary school teacher. Mr. Romanoff earned his Bachelor’s degree from Walsh University and his Master’s degree from Western Governors. He shared that he became a teacher because he wanted to help students. Seeing their success is very motivating. For this year, Mr. Romanoff is a general education facilitator for our 100% online program.


Heidi Soriano

Ms. Soriano is excited to begin her sixth year of teaching and first year at Cloverleaf this school year. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary / Special Education from Bethany College and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Briar Cliff University. She is very excited to be a part of the team at Cloverleaf and hopes to help all students to learn that they can reach their goals with hard work and resilience in the face of adversity. 


Instructional Continuity for All Students

Dear Families of Students Receiving Special Education Services,

Our Cloverleaf staff recognize the significant impact this state mandated closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. While many things may remain uncertain, what we can say with certainty is that our district staff cares deeply about your student and recognize families of students receiving special education services will be uniquely impacted by these closures. We wanted to acknowledge that you and your family may be experiencing significant impacts in your home life.

Special Education staff are working diligently to provide materials and resources to our students and families during the closure.  We are also rescheduling IEP meetings to occur online or via phone beginning March 30th. Your child’s case manager will give you instructions on how you can participate in the IEP meeting when you are contacted to reschedule.  

Take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

Nicole Stalter
Director of Special Services
Cloverleaf Local Schools