Staff & 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

Dr. Laura Lipsett, Executive Director of School Programs

Headshot of Dr. Laura Lipsett Dr. Lipsett has been in Bexley City Schools as an administrator of school programs since 2011. She has served as a teacher of K-12 students and administrator for other districts and has served as a university professor and administrator and as a state department of education administrator. She provides leadership and supervision of academic programs as well as for student support services.

Ms. Leisan C. Smith, Director of Student & Community Engagement

Headshot of Leisan C. Smith

Director of Student & Community Engagement, Ms. 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.  

Ms. Samantha McMasters, Director of Student Services

Headshot of Sam McMasters Ms. 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.