.Education: Bachelor’s in English, Ashland University
About: For the last decade Sam has worked in educational advocacy and consulting. He has worked directly with students to transfer alternative educational credits to colleges and universities across the country in addition to maintaining all records of coursework and transcripts. He helped facilitate the placement of hundreds of positions in higher education, from professors to presidents. Education has always been a passion for him, and he truly believes that access to education and educational opportunities is necessary for creating a foundation of empathy, understanding, and a curiosity towards the world. He looks forward to bringing this worldview to Horizon as the new Ed Services Data Coordinator.
EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Arts from Cuyahoga Community College, currently attending Grand Canyon University
ABOUT Chrissy Belpulsi taught preschool for 10 years in Medina, Ohio. As an early childhood education coordinator, she supports all of the preschool and toddler teachers by reviewing lesson plans, assessments, developmentally appropriate approaches in the classroom and coordinating any trainings that are needed. Chrissy is excited to take on a new role and to better assist teachers and staff members when she can.
EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Administration from Cleveland State University
ABOUT Teria Bivins started her career with Horizon right out of college. She has worn many hats, including preschool teacher, school age coordinator, program specialist, education service coordinator and now center director.
Education Business Courses at LCCC
About Jennifer came to Horizon in 2005 and through her experience in the centers and at Admin, has built up an extensive knowledge of the organization and its operations. Jennifer is QuickBooks certified. As Finance Director, she handles various aspects of Horizon’s accounting and supervises and trains the Finance Coordinators and Business Coordinators in technical knowledge and customer service. Jennifer is a firm believer in Horizon’s mission and works with her team to help accomplish it.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University
ABOUT Throughout his life, Josh has always tinkered and worked on computers, A.V. Setup, and other technologies. He joined the Horizon Staff in September 2021. Josh has a natural curiosity about how things work and a continued drive in the pursuit of education.
Education Bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio University, and MAT in early childhood education
About Melissa has worked in education since 2013 and joined Horizon as the literacy coordinator in 2020. She enjoys supporting classroom teachers in the implementation of emergent literacy skills and especially appreciates working with community partners.
Education Received her GED
About Ms. Tammy enjoys working for a family-oriented company and loves to help the students and their families.
EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College
ABOUT Dana has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education and has worked as a teacher, administrator and enrollment specialist. She enjoys working with families and children to make sure their needs are met.
Education Enrolled in Lorain County Community College for a degree in Finance
About Kaitlyn has worked in many roles for Horizon since she was 16 years old. After studying communications at Bowling Green State University for two years, she came home to serve as an AmeriCorps member for Horizon. She was then promoted to Business Coordinator for the North Olmsted location and is now looking forward to her new role in information and technology with the administration team.
Education Associate in Applied Science Early Education and Bachelor's in Early Education Leadership
About Wendy is the Educations Services Coordinator for Lorain County. She enjoys supporting the teachers in Professional Development to enhance their skills with the families at the centers. She also supports them with curriculum in academics and Social and Emotional skills.
Education CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate from Lorain County Community College
About Ms. Stephanie has always been passionate about working with families and children. She has worked with children since she was 13 with her church group.
EDUCATION Master's Degree in Finance from Case Western Reserve University and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University
ABOUT Sharon is a licensed attorney and has a background in corporate finance, marketing, and tax compliance, research, and planning. Prior to joining Horizon, she worked for BP America, Ernst&Young, and two local accounting firms. As an active member of the community and a proud former homeschooling parent, Sharon believes strongly in the value of education and in Horizon's mission to provide high-quality early childhood education and care and youth development programs. She is thrilled to be part of the team providing that for our community
Education Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Walden University
About Ms. Katie taught preschool for three years and then began her career with Horizon. Prior to that, she taught toddlers/infants for two years. She believes that Horizon Education Center has the passion to help the children flourish.
Education Currently pursuing Child Development Associate
About Felicia started her Horizon career as an Americorps member, teaching Social Emotional Skills to preschool and middle school students and managing her team as a Leadercorps member. She is excited to oversee current and future Americorps members, assisting them as they strive to make positive impacts on children and families in our communities.
EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University; Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ashland University; Master's Degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Educational Leadership from Excelsior College
ABOUT Julie has more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education. She has dedicated herself to ensuring that all children have the opportunity for quality early care and education experience regardless of income. Julie believes the early years are a critical time in a child’s life in terms of brain development, and she is excited to see that the field is finally gaining the recognition that it deserves.
Education Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ashland University
About John joined Horizon in 2022 after previous stops working in various accounting positions. He is excited about the opportunity to use his prior experience to help the Finance team.
EDUCATION Associate Degree in Administrative Assisting from Bryant & Stratton
ABOUT Renee has been with Horizon Education Centers since 2014 as the executive assistant to Dave Smith. In this position, Renee develops and implements marketing and advertising campaigns, tracks sales data, and maintains promotion marketing materials for Horizon in print and social media. Renee is also a member of OACCP - Ohio Association of Child Care Providers. OACCP represents the directors and business owners of over 600 licensed child care centers in Ohio.
Education Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and minor in urban studies from Wittenberg University. Pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Cleveland State
About JD joined the Horizon team after three years of working in community development, where he oversaw housing programs and projects, community events, and farmers markets. He is excited to work with families and community partners to help Horizon grow.
EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Education with a specialization in Integrated Language Arts from Bowling Green State University, Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University
ABOUT Melissa taught English Language Arts for two years at Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Middle and five years at Shelby City Schools before coming to the administration office at Horizon Education Centers. She is excited to support all teachers in their instructional practices through data-based decision-making, organizing professional development, and monitoring lesson planning and curriculum.
Education Pursuing business courses at Lorain County Community College
About Alyssa has worked in many different positions at Horizon since she was 16 years old. After working in a few of our centers, she found her way to the finance department as the accounts payable coordinator. Alyssa works closely to build relationships with current and potential vendors by receiving and processing invoices.
EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lorain County Community College.
ABOUT Wendi has worked in the childcare field for 23 years as a teacher for all age groups and a co-administrator. She has cherished working with teams of people to develop strong support systems for the overall goals of the children and families in her care.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a minor in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University
About After several years working in animal research, Ms. Thompson honed her interpersonal and communication skills by becoming a nursing assistant. She joined us in October 2022, following time spent as an autism support technician in North Carolina.
Education Altoona Area High School, Business Education, Altoona Beauty School-Cosmetology/Teacher
About Before starting her career as an Administrative Assistant more than 30 years ago, Wendi owned a hair salon. She loves learning something new daily, spoiling her four grandchildren, and hunting for sea glass.
Education Electrical Maintenance Degree, Vatterott College
About Nick has worked in the maintenance field for over 10 years. As a child, he found the aspects of building maintenance and electrical systems fascinating and wanted to learn more. He feels this career allows him to do something new every day to help those around him. He also enjoys working around the children at the center and being a mentor to them. Currently, Nick leads a three-man team at Horizon.