Acting Superintendent and Director of Teaching and Learning Char Shryock is retiring from the Bay Village City School District effective July 31, when her acting contract expires. The permanent educator made the announcement at the June 27 school board meeting.

“Being connected to students has been central to my work, in my 34 years as an educator,” Shryock said. “I plan to seek new opportunities to use my experience to positively impact education and students.”

Shryock has been an administrator for Bay Village Schools for 11 years, when she was named the District’s Director of Teaching and Learning in 2011. Prior to coming to Bay Village Schools, Shryock served Fairview Park Schools City for nearly 22 years as a teacher, technology integration specialist, coach and curriculum manager. She began her career in the Brooklyn City School District as a building supply teacher.

During her year as acting superintendent, she rolled out a new district strategic plan; spearheaded the district’s ongoing COVID-19 plan that resulted in in-person learning for the year; unveiled a new district website and mobile app; contributed to a second National Blue Ribbon School award for Westerly Elementary School (grades 3 and 4); continued a 20-year run as the District’s Best Community Award for Music Education; launched a series of in-person town halls for residents to attend and ask questions about the state of education; helped build external relationships within the City of Bay Village, its senior centers, and local nonprofit and civic organizations; served on the board of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center; advocated for full-time substitute teachers; negotiated new contracts with all district bargaining units; and worked with a community and staff advisory team to achieve Purple Star status for Bay Village Schools as a military-friendly district.

The former middle and high school science and English teacher also committed 11 years ago to working with district preschools on a weekly basis, teaching an integrated literacy and math/science lesson. . Additionally, she has shared her own experiences in archeology and paleontology with classes at Westerly and Bay Middle School each year.

“Char embraced the role of acting superintendent wholeheartedly,” said Bay High School principal Jason Martin. “She is a student-centered leader who found great joy in daily interactions with students at all levels, and found ways to be present, build relationships, and support student-led initiatives. students throughout the year.

Throughout her career, Shryock, a respected national and national presenter and professional training provider, has been recognized for her knowledge and talents, including being named Teacher of the Year by the City of Fairview Park Schools, Administrator of the Year by the Ohio Council on Science Education (SECO), named Outstanding Math Educator by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Math, and recipient of the prestigious Oak Tree Award from the State of Ohio PTA Council. She has served on several committees of the Ohio Department of Education, contributing to the Ohio Strategic Plan, revising the Ohio Learning Standards for Science and the Extended Standards for Science and Math, and leading the Ohio Educator Leader Cadre. Nationally, she has served as a Collaborative Student Success Fellow and Head of State with Achievethecore.org Core Advocate Network.

“During her more than decade-long commitment to Bay Village Schools, Char has been a relationship-oriented leader who has focused on supporting, motivating and developing our students and staff,” said district treasurer Meghan Rohde. “She has a real passion for education and serving students.”

The Avon Lake resident is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (BS in Education) and Ashland University (MA in Education), and also completed her school superintendent courses at the University of Ashland. She likes to travel, read and ride a bike. For 17 years, she volunteered her time in the summer to be supervisor of the Archeology Field Unit for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Shryock and her husband, Todd, have a grown daughter, Allison, who attends law school on the West Coast.

Shryock began her dual role with Bay Village Schools on August 1, 2021, after Superintendent Jodie Hausmann resigned to become executive director of Connect. Scot Prebles was named the next district superintendent last spring, and his official start date with Bay Village Schools is August 1, 2022.