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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Wow, we are ready to undertake another exciting school year–our fifth since opening in Fall 2015–and look forward to offering some fantastic opportunities that will address the needs of the whole child, our scholar.

I joined the Falcon Family in September 2019 as Superintendent and am excited to additionally serve as Principal for this school year. My mission is to provide a safe and nurturing place within our educational institution. We will demonstrate high expectations for scholars academically, socially, and behaviorally. As collegial partners, we will strategize with parents and guardians on the best approaches for preparing scholars for a very bright future. I am both elated and passionate about the future of East Academy; despite the challenges that we have experienced with COVID-19 these last few months, we are planning to do some new and exciting things for our scholars beginning this year. Come join us… we are the Falcons!

Dr. Sheila L. Sherman
Principal & Regional Vice President

Dr. Sheila L. Sherman, Principal & Superintendent

Dr. Sheila Sherman joined ACCEL Schools in 2019 with over 25 years of experience as a K-12 educator, principal, Director of Bilingual Education, and Assistant Superintendent. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Northeast Ohio. Dr. Sherman has also served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State and North Illinois universities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from Purdue University, M.Ed. from Cambridge College, Education Specialist certification from Wayne State University, and a doctoral degree in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Dr. Sherman has a passion for cultural responsiveness, K-12 research, finance, management, operations, and school infrastructure.

Dr. Sammy Ali, Director of Academics

Dr. Sammy Ali, is the Director of Academics for East Academy.  Dr. Ali has worked in the field of education for over 15 years, building positive and motivational relationships with scholars and their families to  show them how education will lead to a successful future. It is Dr. Ali’s goal to be a positive example for colleagues, while encouraging others towards fulfilling and transcending their goals.

  • Bev Poole

    TeacherGrade Kindergarten
  • Kashanna Joyce

    TeacherGrade 1
  • Tina Smith

    TeacherGrade 2
  • Ericka Schmidt

    TeacherGrade 3
  • Dalane Hill

    TeacherGrade 4
  • Damon L. Williams

    TeacherGrade 5
  • Vicque Fassinger

    ELA TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Nicole Nagy

    Math TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Zoe Kunsman

    Science TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Tajuana Taylor

    Social Studies TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Nicoletta McDonald

    Title I
  • Shawndra Maxey

    Lead Intervention Specialist
  • Lauren Fellows

    Intervention Specialist
  • Alexis Hancock

    Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Maurice Rouse

    Physical Education
  • Akil Marshall

    Performing Arts
  • La Chickia Green

    Instructional Aide
  • Angelita Smith

    Instructional Aide
  • Jacqueline Martin

    Instructional Aide
  • Yonica Gilberry

    Instructional Aide

Community School

East Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.


Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.