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Deborah E. Morin (EPFP 82-83)

Director | Center for Educational Leadership
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 687.9209

Dr. Deborah Morin is the Director of the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University, established in February 2008 to develop and sustain culturally sensitive, empathetic, and competent leaders for 21st century schools. Presently, the Center hosts an interdisciplinary Masters Degree program in Organizational Leadership and the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure program, an alternative pathway to principal licensure. Previously, Dr. Morin was the founding Executive Director of the First Ring Leadership Academy, a nationally recognized leadership development and principal licensure program.

Dr. Morin was Assistant Professor and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Programs at Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a Senior Lecturer, she developed and instructed graduate education programs for educators across the country. Before her university work, Dr. Morin held positions as an Elementary School Principal in Beachwood, Ohio, and Westwood, Massachusetts. She also was a Gifted Education Supervisor for the Cuyahoga County Board of Education, where she developed gifted education programs for inner-ring and suburban school districts in the Cleveland metropolitan area.

Dr. Morin began her career as a teacher in Harwich, Massachusetts, and later moved to Bexley, Ohio where she taught second grade and developed Bexley's flagship gifted program, one of the first programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education. She is serving her second term as an appointed member on the Ohio Credential Review Board established by the State Board of Education to assess individuals pursuing alternative routes to educator licensure. Dr. Morin also serves as a Director and Officer on the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, serving as a Vice-Chair of CCWA's Education Committee which has emerged as a central force in the development of global awareness and international education not only in the Cleveland metropolitan area, but throughout the state of Ohio. 

Dr. Morin earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Organizational Communication at Kent State University. Dr. Morin participated in the 1982-83 Ohio EPFP.




Elizabeth Beldon (EPFP 18-19)

Program Coordinator | Center for Educational Leadership

Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 875.9977


Elizabeth Beldon is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University, supporting aspiring school leaders in the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program and the Masters in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program.

Raised in a rural town outside of Chicago, Elizabeth chose to begin her teaching career with Chicago Public Schools after graduating with degrees in English and Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago.
She then moved to Cleveland to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a full-time national volunteer service program, where she served as the 9th grade reading teacher at Saint Martin de Porres High School. After deciding that Cleveland would be a perfect permanent home, Elizabeth accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Saint Martin shortly after her service term ended.

In 2015, she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Baldwin Wallace University and became the Director of Admissions at Saint Martin. She was later offered an opportunity with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio, a college access program serving students experiencing extraordinary life circumstances, to re-design and lead the college and career preparation Academy program for two years. She is thrilled to have made the career transition to higher education at CSU and to have had the opportunity to be an EPFP Fellow in 2018-19. She looks forward to continuing her passion for life-long learning and serving students with CSU and EPFP.



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