New Sylvania Schools superintendent Dr. Veronica Motley introduces herself
Video posted on social media September 16, 2020

Dr. Veronica Motley

Good Morning Sylvania Learning Community!

My name is Dr. Veronica Motley, and I am the proud new Superintendent of Sylvania Schools.  The purpose of this video is to tell you a little about me, and I also want to share the current status of our schools.

I think you will be pleased to know that I have over 30 years of experience in the field of education. I have been fortunate to work in four very diverse school districts which have allowed me to gain expertise as an educational leader. My background includes serving as a middle school math teacher, an elementary principal, a Director of Special Education, a Director of Curriculum  and Instruction, and most recently, I served as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning of a first ring district outside of Cleveland.

On a personal note, I grew up in Copley, Ohio and graduated from Copley HS and the University of Akron. I have had the privilege leading the educational process which includes teaching at the college level for over 20 years. My 88 year old father still resides in Copley, and I make it a priority to see him at least a couple of times a month. My parents were married for 47 wonderful years which instilled in me the characteristics of loyalty, commitment, and keeping your word. I also enjoy watching a variety of sports including the Tribe (although their stands are empty). And, a bit of trivia for you Cleveland Browns second cousin Marion Motley, is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.

Earlier this week, I again walked the hallways of our schools. It was the first time in five months that I was finally able to see students in school. More importantly, Sylvania students in our classrooms. It absolutely warmed my heart. The education of our students remains at the center of everything we do here in Sylvania Schools. And, today marks day three of our newly implemented Hybrid Learning Model. This unique and unprecedented learning model was developed in partnership with administrators and teachers from across the district. Although it is in its infancy and will continue to improve, the model is designed to provide four consecutive days of new instruction, followed by a fifth day of no new instruction, which provides an opportunity for our teachers to offer intervention and/or enrichment support as needed.

As your new superintendent, I will continue to be visible and walk through our buildings, talk with staff, students, and parents and listen intently. I will listen and learn about their experiences so that we can refine our instructional delivery model not only while operating under COVID but beyond. In addition, I will continue to assess and explore options for extended learning opportunities that will help address the instructional gap created this spring by our stay at home order.

On a final note, I assure you that by working together, with a little patience, we will overcome some of the challenges we have endured over the course of the last several months. Our legacy of tradition, our strong sense of community, and our unwavering faith in our children will serve as our touchstones for the future and will see us through to better times.


I thank you for listening.
Make it a great day!

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