School Quality Ambassadors

Our School Quality Ambassador program is a team of dedicated grassroots leaders who connect with Cleveland’s neighborhoods and families to provide guidance and information about public school options. Ambassadors distribute school choice resources, including the annual School Quality Guide, through in-person visits, small group meetings and public events. As experts in schools and school systems in Cleveland, they connect families to Transformation Alliance resources.

The outreach of our Ambassadors and partner organizations is instrumental in creating a culture of high expectations, where the choice to attend a quality public school is accessible to every student and family in Cleveland.

To learn more about the School Quality Ambassador program, or to request their presence at your local event, contact Catherine Smith.

Our Ambassadors

Anju Abdullah

Anju holds 10 years’ experience as a direct community engagement provider, and at least 20 years’ experience in providing health and human services throughout the Cleveland community. She hopes from her work with the Alliance that she can provide families with current and useful information to make informed decisions about school fit for their children. Anju was born and raised in Cleveland, she currently resides with her family on the east side of Cleveland, and serves the Collinwood and Glenville neighborhoods as a School Quality Ambassador.

 

Chinetha Hall

Chinetha joined the School Quality Ambassador team to continue living the mission of providing a wealth of opportunities for growth and development to Cleveland’s youth. Her organization, Hasani Management Inc., and high level of volunteerism across Cleveland is inspired by her own experience of raising a child with special needs. With a high-level of perseverance and resiliency, Chinetha continued to work with the Alliance so she can spend more time working with community members. Chinetha lives with her two children on Cleveland’s west side.

 

Renee Heinle

Renee has lived in Cleveland for the last 12 years. She engages with her community as a Girl Scout Service Unit Director and Girl Scout Leader. As a School Quality Ambassador in Old Brooklyn she can amplify the work she has done as a leader of the Old Brooklyn Community School Teach Team, Old Brooklyn Families Group, and Old Brooklyn CDC Commercial Committee. Renee believes all children deserve a quality education and there should be outstanding schools in each neighborhood. She lives with her son, Tyler, and daughter, Abigail, in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood.

 

GiGi Elder

GiGi works for the Alliance because she believes in the importance of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools and the Alliance’s ability to listen to the voices of teachers, parents, and residents. GiGi previously worked as an Instructional Coach for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, graduated from the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI), has volunteered with Hip Cuyahoga’s Healthy Eating and Active Living campaign. As a lifelong Cleveland resident of Cleveland, GiGi dedicates her time to the residents of this city.

 

Shemariah, Engagement Ambassador

Shemariah identifies as an educator, an activist and an organizer. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with expert knowledge and skills to develop, implement, facilitate and evaluate curricula that promote institutional equity, communication, and access for traditionally marginalized students and families. As the Founder and Lead Experience Curator for Sankofa Circle Studios, Shemariah engages diverse communities in a variety of ways with one goal: to lift as you climb.

As a master teacher and facilitator, she consults with a myriad of education-based organizations around issues of process improvement with a goal of moving organizations from operational efficiency to excellence. Currently a doctoral candidate in the college of education at Northeastern University, her dissertation focuses on mothering in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter. As an auto/ethnographic researcher and author, her most recent publication, Ruminations From A #BlackMommyActivist focuses on the joy, trauma and drama of raising two Black sons in today’s rapidly changing global society. Shemariah serves an Engagement Ambassador, facilitating critical community conversations across Cleveland neighborhoods.

 

Rosetta

Rosetta’s experience working with community members has been well-developed through her work in Cleveland. She graduated from the 30th class of Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI). Rosetta worked with the Hough Development Corporation as a Community Outreach Coordinator and Project manager. She has chaired the New Beginning Ministries Community Outreach group. Her volunteerism in Cleveland ranges from working with the Susan G. Komen walk; Organizers and Allies; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; Lean Six Sigma; and as a True2U Mentor for high school students. Rosetta finds the work with young people the most engaging and intriguing, finding that they have the same rights to culture as adults, but their circumstances create challenges that can only be met with determination, creativity, and integrity. She finds the work with and for children and young people challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Rosetta also volunteers with her church’s food access programs. Rosetta currently lives in the Hough neighborhood, which she serves through her ambassador work.