“Say Yes” Cleveland Family Support Specialists Making House Calls

Front, left to right: Raymond Hill, Miles Park; Brittney Church, Max Hayes; Shauna Scott-Rose, New Tech East; Bethany Lee, Orchard; Alexandra Mora, Buhrer Dual Language; Arnisha Rogers, Mary Bethune; Ashley Gulley, Marion-Sterling; Tracy Simpkins-Smith, Almira; HerMaya Onunwor, John Adams College & Career. Back, left to right: Victor Young; Alyssa Ellis, Rhodes College & Career; Jamila Campbell, Wilbur Wright; LeKisha Rogers, Joseph P. Gallagher; Cassandra Klein, Memorial; Jerrold Goodloe, Michael R. White; Nora Leahy, Lincoln West Global Studies; Tia Hickson, John Marshall Civic & Business Leadership.

Say Yes Cleveland Family Support Specialists serve as a resource to identify, engage, and assist at-risk students.

Family Support Specialists connect students (and their families) with the services they need, often using the Post-Secondary Planning System (PPS).

Cleveland Family Support Specialist Arnisha Rogers often invites a group of students to campus to have lunch with her. It is a good way to touch base with the students, find out how they are doing, and to see if anything is going on at home, said Rogers.

Obviously, this school year is different forcing Rogers to be creative when it comes to getting in touch with students and families, she said.

Sarah Days, the Say Yes Family Support Specialist at Campus International School, has texted every single family at the school this year.

“I have made tons of phone calls, even if a family doesn’t explicitly say they need assistance with resources, I still like to call,” Days said. “Just to check in on people again, get my name out there, introduce myself one more time, because I feel like kids are really struggling with not being able to see their friends or be in classes or have the schedule that they’re used to.”

Rogers and Days are two of the 46 family support specialists currently deployed by the Say Yes Cleveland program at CMSD and partner charter schools. Each is assigned to a school to help connect families with support services and to remove “barriers to education.”

PreK-8th Schools Family Support Specialists (FSS) FFS Phone FSS Email
A.B. Hart Deandre Henley (216) 538-7868 dhenley@sayyescleveland.org
Almira Elementary Tracy Simpkins-Smith (216) 219-1085 tsimpkins-smith@sayyescleveland.org
Anton Grdina Aaron McCoy (216) 538-7261 amccoy@sayyescleveland.org
Bolton Lamont Davis (216) 536-1451 ldavis@sayyescleveland.org
Buhrer Dual Language Academy Alexandra Mora (216) 219-1230 amora@sayyescleveland.org
Campus International Sarah Days (216) 538-0254 sdays@sayyescleveland.org
Citizens Leadership Academy (Breakthrough) Nakita Heard (216) 538-9516 nheard@sayyescleveland.org
Clark Ivan Rosa (216) 538-4490 irosa@sayyescleveland.org
Cliffs (Breakthrough) Megan Kasarda (216) 538-7083 mkasarda@sayyescleveland.org
Davis Taylor Molton (216) 538-7709 tmolton@sayyescleveland.org
Garfield Lillie Nandi (216) 538-4546 lnandi@sayyescleveland.org
Halle Danielle Clark (216) 538-7720 dclark@sayyescleveland.org
Hannah Gibbons Nichole Price (216) 538-7386 nprice@sayyescleveland.org
Joseph M. Gallagher LeKisha Rogers (216) 219-1566 lrogers@sayyescleveland.org
Louis Agassiz Eric Harper (216) 536-1627 eharper@sayyescleveland.org
Marion – Sterling Ashley Gulley (216) 219-1293 agulley@sayyescleveland.org
Mary M. Bethune Arnisha Rogers (216) 219-1257 arogers@sayyescleveland.org
Memorial Elementary Cassandra Klein (216) 319-0037 cklein@sayyescleveland.org
Michael R. White Jerrold Goodloe (216) 219-1506 jgoodloe@sayyescleveland.org
Miles Park Raymond Hill (216) 219-1102 rhill@sayyescleveland.org
Oliver Perry
Orchard STEM Bethany Lee (216) 219-1330 blee@sayyescleveland.org
Sunbeam Emily Bonner (216) 538-6949 ebonner@sayyescleveland.org
Wade Park Elementary Landel Shakespeare (216) 538-7075 lshakespeare@sayyescleveland.org
Warner Girls Leadership Brittney Smith (216) 538-6991 bsmith@sayyescleveland.org
Wilbur Wright Jamila Campbell (216) 219-1499 jcampbell@sayyescleveland.org
William Rainey Harper Kenzie Hanlon (216) 538-0883 khanlon@sayyescleveland.org
Wilson Laila Smith (216) 538-0777 lsmith@sayyescleveland.org
Woodland Hills (Breakthrough) Tracy Reginelli (216) 538-7026 treginelli@sayyescleveland.org
High Schools
Campus International High School Deborah Crane (216) 538-0983 dcrane@sayyescleveland.org
Cleveland School of Science and Medicine Donna Dixon (216) 538-7459 ddixon@sayyescleveland.org
Cleveland School of the Arts Brittinie Jermon (216) 538-6130 bjermon@sayyescleveland.org
Garrett Morgan School of Engineering & Leadership India Brown (216) 536-1329 ibrown@sayyescleveland.org
Ginn Academy Charles Cox (216) 538-6883 ccox@sayyescleveland.org
John Adams: College and Career HerMaya Onunwor (216) 219-1445 honunwor@sayyescleveland.org
John Marshall: Civic and Business Leadership Tia Hickson (216) 219-1098 thickson@sayyescleveland.org
Lincoln West School of Global Studies Nora Leahy (216) 219-1570 nleahy@sayyescleveland.org
Max S. Hayes High School Brittney Church (216) 219-1371 bchurch@sayyescleveland.org
New Tech East Shauna Scott-Rose (216) 219-1201 sscott-rose@sayyescleveland.org
New Tech West Essence Bates (216) 536-4957 ebates@sayyescleveland.org
Rhodes College and Career Academy Alyssa Hicks (216) 219-1253 ahicks@sayyescleveland.org
Rhodes School of Environmental Studies Ivelisse Negron (216) 402-7143 inegron@sayyescleveland.org

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