Halle P. Bargar
Halle began working with the Institute for Educational Renewal in 2000. During her time with IER, Halle provided professional development for selected elementary schools in the Cleveland Municipal School District and the Euclid Schools on the topics of collaborative leadership, positive school culture, and comprehensive literacy instruction. She also facilitated principal meetings where principals were given the opportunity to collaborate and foster Professional Learning Communities within their individual schools. Halle is a former classroom teacher in the Beachwood School District. She has a Masters in Education from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University, where she was a Cum Laude graduate. Halle is grateful for the opportunity to work with IER. It has given her the chance to support great students, teachers, principals, and parents in Cleveland’s urban schools.

Katie Crotty
Katie was asked to join the IER staff in 1998 by then-Director Marcia LaRiche. She has served as a literacy coach for IER in the Cleveland and Warrensville Heights school districts, and as a consultant for The Cleveland Schools Book Fund. Katie was a classroom teacher for nine years, teaching one year at Holy Cross in Euclid before joining the Cleveland Municipal School District as a first grade teacher at Joseph Landis Elementary. While teaching in Cleveland, IER provided her with professional development and classroom modeling. Katie also studied Best Practices as defined by Harvey Daniels, attended the Walloon Institute in Michigan, and spent a week at Wellesley College in Massachusetts studying Affective Teaching – all afforded to her through her affiliation with IER. Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Education from Cleveland State University. She continues to share her love of literacy and learning while supporting teachers and students.

Connie Friedman
Since coming to IER in 2002, Connie has worked in the Cleveland, Euclid, and Warrensville Heights schools as a school coach and educational consultant. While at IER, Connie has presented staff development sessions in child and adolescent development, comprehensive literacy, and culturally responsive teaching. Prior to consulting, Connie was a middle school teacher, a dance teacher, and a children’s programming director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in education from John Carroll University. She enjoys working with students, teachers, principals, and administrators as they work together to create meaningful learning experience for all students.

Jane M. Harris
Before joining the IER staff as a school coach in 2000, Jane served as an IER co-consultant while teaching at Watterson Lake Elementary School in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Jane taught in Cleveland for 37 years. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Jane planned and facilitated professional development sessions for teachers, educational aides and parents. During the 2000-2001 school year, John Carroll University borrowed Jane from the Cleveland Municipal School District, during which time she taught a class at the University, supervised student teachers, and worked as an IER consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading supervision. Both of her degrees were earned at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Jane says that working for IER gives her the opportunity to help teachers, administrators, and parents work as a team to create great learning communities. Jane has a passion for working with parents and helped to design the Parent Book Clubs.

Rebecca C. Rumsey
Rebecca came to the Institute for Educational Renewal in 2003. After serving as an IER school coach in both the Cleveland and Euclid School Districts, she moved to IER’s administrative office, where she is involved in program development and evaluation. Rebecca is a former classroom teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District, where she taught fourth grade at Walton Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University and worked in business and postsecondary school administration before earning her teaching certification from Cleveland State University. Rebecca continued her education at John Carroll University, earning a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. She enjoys research and evaluation in the field of education, and has appreciated the opportunity to work for an organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning for students and teachers alike.