After a thorough search and interview process conducted by the Board of Education, the Cuyahoga Falls City School District is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Andrea Celico as the new superintendent effective Aug. 1, 2022.
Guided by the district’s mission, the search began with a visioning exercise used to determine the characteristics the school board and district were looking for in their next leader.
“Fortunately throughout this process, we found that we were looking for, almost universally, the same qualities in our district’s leader,” said Board of Education President Anthony Gomez. “We received 26 applications and interviewed eight uniquely qualified candidates before deciding on four finalists who went through the final round of interviews.”
Dr. Celico’s experience and background stood out with her passion for student success, skillful and resilient leadership and forward-thinking.
Dr. Celico has an extensive background in education, earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at John Carroll University and her master’s in educational administration from Cleveland State University. Additionally, she earned a doctorate in urban education from Cleveland State. She served as superintendent for Bedford City Schools from August 2015 to January 2022 and prior to that served as the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.
Dr. Celico also spent 17 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the Euclid City School District. Before accepting her role as Cuyahoga Falls City School District superintendent, she was a consultant to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
“Dr. Celico stood out not only to the Board of Education but also to all three of the groups that interviewed her, which included parents, staff and community members,” said Gomez. “We enthusiastically welcome her as the soon-to-be leader of our Black Tiger Family.”
Dr. Celico is ready to Roar as a Black Tiger. “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the Superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls School District. I am excited to begin this new adventure in such an amazing community. I want to thank the Board of Education, the staff, and community for their warm welcome, support and confidence. It already feels like home.”