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Akron Public Schools appoints Warrensville Heights administrator as top academic official

Akron Beacon Journal logo Akron Beacon Journal 6 days ago Jennifer Pignolet, Akron Beacon Journal

Akron Public Schools has a new top official for academics.

The school board on Monday approved the appointment of Tamea Caver as the district's assistant superintendent and chief of academics. 

Caver will replace Ellen McWilliams-Woods, who has held the role for over a decade and will retire at the end of the school year.

Caver is Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack's first big hire from outside Akron schools and rounds out the top of her leadership team. 

Tamea Caver, assistant superintendent of Akron Public Schools. © Courtesy of Tamea Caver Tamea Caver, assistant superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

The vote to approve Caver was one of a slew of personnel votes that the board passed unanimously. 

Caver's base salary will be $162,670.76, effective June 7. 

Caver is currently the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Warrensville Heights City School District. 

Fowler Mack recently added a second assistant superintendent position and promoted College and Career Academies Director Rachel Tecca to that role, but confirmed the chief of academics will effectively remain second-in-command in the district. 

"We look forward to working with Tamea and benefitting from her knowledge, experience and leadership," Fowler Mack said. "She is definitely looking forward to learning from our team building relationships, and understanding how she can support our work by leading our district with integrity, energy and a focus on excellence through equity."

Caver addressed the board before the vote, thanking them for their consideration. She said after the meeting she was grateful for the opportunity. 

"I'm just thankful to the board for their vote of confidence, as I stated tonight, and I'm very excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the children of Akron," Caver said.

Caver also previously worked in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a principal. She said she and Fowler Mack overlapped in Cleveland schools, but did not work directly together. 

Caver is a graduate of Hiram College, John Carroll University, University of Texas at Dallas and Cleveland State University, where she earned her doctorate of school philosophy in urban education. 

She taught in Cleveland and Dallas, according to her resume, and has spent time in administration in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District and the charter school network Breakthrough Schools, before becoming principal of Hannah Gibbons STEM School, a K-8 school in Cleveland. She became assistant superintendent in Warrensville Heights in 2015 and has been there the last seven years. 

Contact education reporter Jennifer Pignolet at jpignolet@thebeaconjournal.com, at 330-996-3216 or on Twitter @JenPignolet. 

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Akron Public Schools appoints Warrensville Heights administrator as top academic official

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