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We’ve talked a lot about the exciting new programs for the Fall this month.  We would be remiss if we didn’t share the a little about the newest members of the Lakeshore Team.

Julie Ruddy attended Ohio University and received her Masters Degree in  Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Julie has over 24 years working as an Intervention Specialist for students in grades K-12 and has been in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District for the last 15 years. Currently, Julie works with second and fifth graders in a push-in model classroom where academic, social and behavioral goals are taught and applied across all school settings. Julie is the co-founder of the Running with the Cats program. A program that pairs St. Ignatius students with student’s with special needs to build social skills while preparing for a 5K race. She lives in West Park with her husband and four children and enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach.  Julie looks forward to working with the families at Lakeshore Speech Therapy.

Patti Cramer, is a graduate of the University Of Dayton with a Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University. She has taught in the primary grades for 20 years. Patti started her career opening a Daycare at Holy Family Church and School in Parma as an Assistant Director. She then moved to teaching Kindergarten at Holy Family Elementary School. After four years in Parma she accepted a job in Lorain City Schools teaching primarily First Grade. For the past 10 years,  Patti has taught first grade in the Lakewood City School District. Patti spends her time with her amazing nine year-old son and two dogs. Patti is excited to share her passion of helping kids discover and explore the world of reading.

Stan, a Golden Retriever, was rescued from the county pound by Patti and her family about 5 years ago.  Stan began working on becoming a certified Therapy Dog almost immediately. After passing all required tests (with flying colors), Stan’s certification took him to the Lakewood City School system.  He can be found using his Therapy Dog magical powers to calm students experiencing stress, soothe students who are anxious and encourage those that are lacking confidence.  Stan’s favorite task is to lend a supportive ear to students as they read aloud to him. He cannot wait to meet new friends to help them discover the joys of reading.

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