Since 2016 Jennifer Felker had been the Geauga County Educational Service Center Superintendent and was named the Lake County Educational Service Center Superintendent in December, 2018. She now serves as the Superintendent for the newly created Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve, which merged the two ESCs in January, 2020. In addition, Mrs. Felker also serves as the Executive Chair of the Lake/Geauga Information Technology Center (ITC), and Superintendent of iStem Geauga Early College High School.
Prior to coming to Geauga County, Mrs. Felker was the State Associate Superintendent for Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education and was responsible for overseeing the Division of Learning: Center for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Center for Student Support and Education Options. She has also served as Director of Programs and Services for the Orange City School District, and previously was the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent Pro-Tempore of the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County. Prior to that she was the special education supervisor at Olmsted Falls and Maple Heights City Schools, a teacher and an elementary principal in Brooklyn City Schools, and teacher for Toledo public schools.
Message from our Superintendent, Jennifer Felker:
Dear ESCWR Staff and Schools,
I want to welcome back the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve (ESCWR) staff for the 2021-2022 school year! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students, families, and schools that you support in Geauga and Lake counties and beyond. Our ESC is excited to offer new programs and services, as well as welcome new staff to our team. Our administrative team has once again worked diligently this past year to strengthen our programs and services. Please take an opportunity to review our fall 2021 catalog of offerings here: Fall 2021 Professional Development Catalog.
In addition, we will be offering our new Online Academy to support continued remote learning for eligible students. Currently, we are enrolling students in all of Northeast Ohio. This expansion of services is very exciting. I want to thank our curriculum and instruction team for their efforts during these last few months to implement this new program for students and school districts.
As we know the future continues to be uncertain with a global pandemic but I am confident with many of our staff and students vaccinated that we will return to school once again safely to educate students. Please keep updated on our schools COVID-19 protocols. I encourage you to read our Human Resource memos for updates. We will continue to provide ongoing updates and I will once again continue to meet weekly with our school superintendents and treasurers, as we begin the school year.
Last school year, all of you demonstrated your resilience, perseverance, and dedication to reopen schools in August 2020. I am so proud of our schools returning to in-person learning with the majority of our schools beginning last school year in session with students 5 days per week. I believe our experiences and what we have learned to educate students during this very difficult past two years has made us stronger. It has also brought us closer to our students, families, and schools. I am very excited for students to be back in-person for the 2021-2022 school year and I look forward to visiting classrooms.
I wish you the best school year ever and I want to thank you once again for all you do for your students and thank the ESCWR Governing Board for their continued support!
Jennifer FelkerSuperintendentEducational Service Center of the Western Reserve Office: 440-350-2563 Fax: 440-352-6066Cell: 216-536-9096