Meet The Upper School Leadership Team

As the new school year begins, we want to ensure that you are familiar with the staff members who will be working with your child this year.

Today, we’re going to feature the Upper School Head’s Office, consisting of Head of Upper School Jason Culp, Dean of Students Shanika Lovelace, Academic Dean Cheryl Cook, and Administrative Coordinator Melissa Tullis. This four-member team is responsible for the day-to-day successful operation of the school, and they take the commitment we have made to you and your child very seriously.

From L to R: Jason Culp, Cheryl Cook, Melissa Tullis and Shanika Lovelace.

From L to R: Jason Culp, Cheryl Cook, Melissa Tullis and Shanika Lovelace.

Jason Culp is entering his 14th year as a Lawrence School staff member, and sixth as Head of the Upper School. Jason’s areas of focus include teacher supervision and evaluation, parent communication and collaboration, strategic planning, as well as managing the budget for the upper school and serving on a variety of committees and working groups aimed at continuous school improvement. Jason is the first point of contact for questions about the overall operation of the school, specific concerns about an individual student’s experience, and can serve as a resource to parents as they navigate challenging situations with their children.   Jason can be reached at 330.908.6810 or via e-mail at jculp@lawrenceschool.org

Cheryl Cook is in her 12th year as a Lawrence School staff member, having begun her work with the school as a high school mathematics teacher. Cheryl shifted to the role of Academic Dean five years ago. Cheryl’s areas of focus include curriculum and instructional planning, student scheduling, course placement and assessment. Cheryl is the first point of contact for questions about the quality of a student’s academic experience in a particular teacher’s classroom, course scheduling and progress monitoring. Cheryl can be reached at 330.908.6804 or via e-mail at ccook@lawrenceschool.org

Shanika Lovelace has been a part of the Lawrence School community for 16 years. For the first nine years, Shanika served as a math teacher in our middle school, then moved to a leadership role as Dean of Students six years ago. Shanika’s areas of focus include teacher supervision and evaluation, mental health and behavioral support for students who are struggling and school-wide student life and wellness initiatives. Shanika is the first point of contact for serious concerns related to a student’s social or psychological needs, questions about classroom management in a particular classroom or contact from a student’s counselor or physician as related to their social or behavioral performance at school. Shanika can be reached at 330.908.6805 or via e-mail at slovelace@lawrenceschool.org.

Melissa Tullis began her career at Lawrence School in 2012 as a substitute teacher, soon moving to the full-time role of Building Substitute Teacher and Coordinator in 2014. In the spring of 2015, Melissa was appointed to the role of Administrative Coordinator to the Campus Leadership Council. Melissa provides administrative and program support to the Head and Deans, and is the first point of contact to reach Jason, Cheryl or Shanika. Melissa is also responsible for student parking and locker assignments, should there be questions on these topics.  Melissa can be reached at 330.908.6827 or via e-mail at mtullis@lawrenceschool.org.

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