Meet the New Support Services Staff

Have you met the new members of our Support Services team – School Psychologist Lauren Keller, Literacy Specialist Christy Solis, and Math Specialist Jeffrey Kramer?
Each brings a unique set of skills that greatly enrich the experience of our students. 

Lauren Keller, Ed.S., NCSP, BCBA, (pictured above left) has been a school psychologist for the past nine years, having previously worked in public school and center-based programs. She also brings six years of experience as a classroom behavior therapist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and spent more than a year as an assistant in an integrated preschool/early intervention setting for a grant program.
 
"Behavior management is something I am passionate about, and I have enjoyed utilizing my knowledge and skills at Old Trail," Mrs. Keller said. "I also enjoy working with students to help support their social-emotional development, as well as their academic skills."

Mrs. Keller said she was drawn to the position because of the opportunity to work more closely with students and parents, and added that "the (new) structure of the Support Services team allows for data decision making throughout the school year and frequent progress monitoring of student goals."

Christy Solis, M.ED, (pictured above middle) has been a part of the Old Trail community as a parent, staff member, and educator for more than 12 years. During that time, she has served as a substitute teacher, the Auxiliary and After-School Program Coordinator, and OTS Summer Camp Director.

Ms. Solis, who graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in education, was also a preschool teacher at Fairlawn Lutheran School for three years prior to working at Old Trail. The transition to her current position has been both a logical next step and the answer to a personal calling. 

"While I was working at Old Trail, I decided to go back to graduate school to pursue my passion – literacy education," said Ms. Solis, who earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading Specialization) from Kent State in 2018. "I wanted to teach at Old Trail because it is such a unique learning community in that each child is regarded as a unique learner.

"It was a dream come true to be offered the position of Literacy Specialist because I could share my passion for reading and writing with the OTS students," she continued. "The support that is found from the Old Trail School faculty, staff, and community is remarkable."

Ms. Solis is also the mother of three current Old Trail students; Mason '20, Ella '21, and Chloe '26. 

Jeffrey Kramer, MA, is responsible for overseeing math interventions and enrichment opportunities for students in grades K-8 at OTS. With a focus on the push-in model, he spends time in each math classroom across the six-day cycle and works in collaboration with the math teacher and department to ensure that each students' needs are being met in a meaningful and impactful way.

"I have always been passionate about mathematics," Mr. Kramer said. "I have worked across all grades over the past 10 years and have found it imperative to instill a love for the subject within each of my students. I truly believe that each student has the ability to be successful in math."

Before his time at Old Trail, Mr. Kramer was a mathematics teacher at KIPP Columbus and Life Skills in Columbus and at Advanced Math & Science Academy in Malborough, Mass.

"Old Trail is a unique place that is rich in history," said Mr. Kramer. "Its setting allows opportunities for students to engage in mathematics in different and exciting ways. I am excited for the opportunity to work with all students and help strengthen the mathematics program here at Old Trail."
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Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.