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

Title I Parents Right-To-Know

Student & Community Engagement

  • School climate
  • Social emotional health and learning

Student Support Services

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

Home School Information

For parents who are interested in home schooling their children:
follow the link below to the general home schooling section on the Ohio Department of Education website:
Follow this link to the Home Education Notification Form:

Complete this form and send to the Superintendent's office with an outline of the curriculum to be used. The form will be reviewed by the Superintendent and you will receive a letter of approval or a letter requesting more information if needed.


Jill Abraham, Chief Academic Officer

Headshot of Jill Abraham 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.

Coordinator of Special Education

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Cathy Rodeheffer joins Bexley City Schools from the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio where she served as the Instructional Consultant for the Specialized On-Site Support Team. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of special education as an Intervention Specialist, Instructional Paraprofessional, Support Provider, and Instructional Coach for professionals in both general and special education. She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education. She currently holds a K-12 teaching license in Multi-Handicapped and an Administrative License in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development.

Coordinator of Curriculum and Gifted

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Colleen Boyle joined the Bexley Schools teams in 2020.  She previously held the role of Director of Gifted & Talented at Columbus City Schools. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, master's degrees in Gifted Education and Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of classroom and administrative roles in districts in rural, urban, suburban, and military communities. She also has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor in undergraduate and graduate-level teacher preparation programs