Skip to main content
Home Contact Us

Professional Development

Professional Development

The ESC of the Western Reserve is an integral part of the education system in both Geauga and Lake Counties, and the state. The ESC recognizes that the rapidly changing educational environment in Ohio demands flexibility, innovation, and dynamic leadership. The ESC of the Western Reserve meets the needs of our districts by providing quality programs, services, and learning opportunities that meet the individual and collective needs of the students in our districts. 

The ESC of the Western Reserve strives to support your district's specific needs in a variety of ways. Should you need consultation support of professional development not listed, contact our team for assistance. We have several professional development topics ready and any of our programs can be customized to your unique needs. We can deliver sessions in-person, virtually, or as a self-paced course to your team. 

The ESC of the Western Reserve has partnered with the State Support Team Region 4, and the Lake Geauga Computer Association to provide our districts with learning opportunities. Listed below please find some of our professional development offerings: 

  • Literacy
  • Community Support 
  • Early Childhood
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • PBIS
  • Special Education
  • Gifted
  • Math/ Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Professional Learning Communities  
  • Networks
  • Ohio Department of Education Updates  
  • Trauma Informed Care & Behavior
  • LGCA Technology Offerings 

To view our upcoming professional development offerings and more, please follow this link.  


Wrap-Around Courses

The Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve has partnered with Lake Erie College to provide you with the Wrap-Around course program. Wrap-Around Courses are "customized" courses created around professional development activities conducted at the school district, school building, or individual level.  The foundations of many of the courses originate with professional work conducted during all-day professional development experiences at the district level and/or the year-long work of professional learning communities.  Wrap-Around options include:

  1. Wrap-Arounds
  2. Independent Study

To learn more information about the Wrap-Around course program please follow this link.    

Contact Information

Vanessa Karwan
Vanessa Karwan
Chief Academic Officer

Kelly Moran
Kelly Moran
Director of Instructional Programs

Shannon Ranta
Shannon Ranta
Curriculum & Data Specialist Coordinator

Jeremy Hunter
Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator
Lake/Geauga Computer Association

Mary Balmford
Mary Balmford
Consultant, Wrap Around/ Resident Educator

Glenn Bailey
Glen Bailey
STEAM Specialist

Frank Carraher
Frank Carraher
Math Consultant

Alison Ciferno
Alison Ciferno
Gifted Consultant

Jake Miller
Jake Miller
Personalized Learning Specialist

Elizabeth Walsh-Moorman
Beth Walsh- Moorman
Literacy Consultant

Friederike Wintersteller
CPI Trainer

Victoria Ware
CPI Trainer

Maureen Intihar
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Amy Vernick
Board Certified Behavior Anaylst