Staff & Student Learning

Staff and Student Learning

The focus of the department is to ensure instruction and learning conditions that engage, equip and empower each student to be successful in K-12 schooling and in post-secondary education and careers. Collectively, the department has oversight of academic programs, school climate and community engagement, and student support services.

Academic Programs

  • Curriculum, instruction, assessment
  • Gifted education

Student & Community Engagement

  • School climate
  • Social emotional health and learning

Student Support Services

  • Special education
  • 504 coordination
  • School health clinics
  • English language learners

Jill Abraham, Chief Academic Officer

Jill Abraham joined the Bexley City School District in 2019, having previously served as the Director of Elementary Education and K-12 Professional Learning in Dublin City Schools. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Educational Administration from Ohio State University. She has served as an educator, instructional coach, principal, and district-level director throughout her career.

Director of Student & Community Engagement

Headshot of Leisan C. Smith

Director of Student & Community Engagement, Leisan C. Smith joined Bexley City Schools in fall 2015 as the Director of Student and Community Engagement. Her goals focus on helping students overcome non-academic barriers to success.  With a Masters of Education and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Smith has served in management positions in the Cincinnati area at a charter high school, a pre-college program and the university level. Most recently she was the inaugural Director of the University of Cincinnati's LGBTQ Center.  

Director of Student Services

Headshot of Sam McMasters Samantha McMasters joined the Bexley City School District in 2014, having previously served as the Director Special Education of the New Albany Plain Local Schools. She holds a B.S. degree in Special Education from Ohio State University and an M.Ed in Literacy from Ashland University. Ms. McMasters was formerly the Director of Student Services for Granville Exempted Village Schools.

Director of Personalized Learning

Dr Quint Gage joined Bexley Schools in 2009 as the Principal of Montrose Elementary School. Prior to that he served for 6 years as the Assistant Principal at Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington. He holds a BA from Wittenberg University, an M.Ed., MA and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. His primary duties in the district are overseeing the Gifted Program and District Testing Coordinator.

Steve Shapiro, Coordinator of Experiential Learning

Embedded Image for: Steve Shapiro, Coordinator of Experiential Learning (2019818433367_image.jpeg) Steve Shapiro comes to Bexley City Schools with thirty years of teaching and educational leadership experience, most recently as the program director of Mosaic. His passion for creating powerful experiential learning opportunities has been the hallmark of his career. Steve has a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in global education from The Ohio State University. He is the proud parent of three Bexley High School graduates.