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Faculty Spotlight - Heather Clink

It’s not uncommon for every swing to be taken on the playground at JB Lyndhurst. That’s why the addition of a new, indoor swing is such a blessing. The new therapy swing gives students a calming movement to support their sensory needs. Best of all, it was constructed by a “swing fairy” who works at Julie Billiart Schools.
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Parent Spotlight - Gia Bell

"My life goal is to create more resources for people with autism,” said Gia Bell.

Bell, who is making a difference in the lives of so many, is well on her way to accomplishing that goal. She has spent nearly fourteen years making an impact at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She is the Health Unit Coordinator at Akron General and, most recently, served as the project leader for Akron General’s designation as an “autism-friendly” adult hospital.

Faculty Spotlight - Kate Sonnenberg

Kate Sonnenberg is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She attended school at Baldwin Wallace University and received her Bachelor of Music in 2012.
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Julie Billiart Schools Restructures Board

July 29, 2019, Lyndhurst, Ohio - Julie Billiart Schools’ (JB ) President/CEO, Lannie Davis-Frecker is proud to announce the appointment of the following men and women to the organization’s newly restructured Board of Directors.



Julie Billiart Schools Names New Board Chair

July 1, 2019, Lyndhurst, Ohio - Julie Billiart Schools (JB) graciously thanks Brent Pietrafese, partner at Calfee, Halter, & Griswold LLP, for his 10 years of service to the organization as a member of the board of directors and, most recently, as the founding Chairperson of Julie Billiart Schools Network Board.


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Julie Billiart Schools Receives Highest Recognition

May 20, 2019, Lyndhurst, Ohio - For the second consecutive year Julie Billiart Schools, Lyndhurst, was recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) as a “School of Excellence”. 
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JB Receives National Recognition

May 14, 2019, Lyndhurst, Ohio - Julie Billiart Schools (JBS), northeast Ohio’s premier network of schools for children with learning differences, recently received national recognition from Today’s Catholic Teacher during the 22nd Annual Innovations in Catholic Education awards ceremony. This cornerstone periodical honors Catholic schools across the country that have implemented exemplary and inventive academic programs.

Featured Staff of the Month - Jen Trares

This month’s spotlight is on third grade intervention specialist, Jen Trares. Jen began her college career as an early childhood education major at John Carroll University. However, she soon discovered that she loved special ed and transferred to Ohio University (OU). It was there she met Dianne Gut, a professor who had actually taught a few years at Julie Billiart Schools, Lyndhurst. Professor Gut described JB as a unique Catholic school for students with learning differences, and expressed to Jen how much she loved it here. Excited to learn more, Jen planned a visit to JB.
David Petrovic

JB Alumnus Returns For Speaking Engagement and Book Signing

JB graduate, David Petrovic provides hope to parents as he tells his inspirational story of accepting and embracing life on the autism spectrum. 

Julie Billiart School alumnus, David Petrovic is no stranger to the spotlight. This 25-year-old TEDx speaker, author and junior high teacher has engaged audiences throughout the country with his story of determination and triumph. David’s journey from infancy to adulthood has been filled with many challenges along the way. He now aspires to help others facing obstacles and seeking hope.

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Featured Staff of the Month – Mary Jo Hogan, M.Ed.

Julie Billiart Schools strive to build self-confidence, inspire Christian values and empower students with skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for life-long learning.This month’s featured staff member, Mary Jo Hogan, said continuing her career at Julie Billiart Schools simply felt like “coming home” to her!

Mary Jo is an 8th Grade intervention specialist at our Lyndhurst campus. She received her Master of Education degree from Ohio University and particularly enjoys teaching reading and math.

Here’s what Mary Jo recently shared during an interview about her career and experience at Julie Billiart Schools.

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Getting To The Art of The Matter

Michael came home from school with a decoupaged cardboard vase filled with handmade paper flowers. He explained to his parents that he tore strips of paper, dipped them in a glue mixture and spread them on the cardboard to make a pattern. He continued to explain how he folded tissue paper and attached it to green pipe cleaners to make the flowers. His parents listened attentively as Michael continued to chatter on about his masterpiece, what he used to make it, and how each of his classmates made theirs. While this story doesnít seem particularly unusual to most, Michaelís parents were astounded by his willingness to share so many details about his art project AND with such enthusiasm.
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