The Management Council announced the promotion of Erica Clay to the Director of INFOhio position and welcomed Lori Lee as the new INFOhio Assistant Director at the INFOhio Advisory Board meeting on May 14.
With the impending retirement of Theresa Fredericka, Director of INFOhio since 1996, and after an exhaustive search, the Management Council named the new Director of INFOhio at the INFOhio Advisory Board meeting on May 14. Erica Clay, currently an INFOhio Instructional Specialist, was formally announced as the incoming Director of INFOhio. At the same meeting, Lori Lee, currently District Librarian with Zanesville City Schools, was announced as the Assistant Director of INFOhio, a role created with the retirement of Gayle Geitgey, INFOhio Instructional Team Manager.
Clay came to INFOhio in 2013 with more than 10 years’ experience, including as an early childhood teacher and elementary music teacher. Prior to her role as an INFOhio ILibrarian, now known as Instructional Specialist, she was the Humanities Librarian at Wright State and the Library Director of the University of Northwestern Ohio. In her role with INFOhio, Clay evaluated and selected digital tools and resources aligned with Ohio Learning Standards, and supported integration of those tools and resources into classroom instruction. She also collected, analyzed, and shared INFOhio usage data to inform instructional design, and wrote for INFOhio’s social media, blog, and news. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.
“This is INFOhio and the Management Council’s moment to shine; INFOhio has an incredible legacy, and I consider it a great privilege to work with the Management Council, the INFOhio Advisory Board, Ohio’s ITCs, and our education and library partners to grow that legacy for years to come,” Clay said. “I believe that we have an amazing team that is ready and willing to meet the newly increased demand for supporting learning in remote and blended environments.”
In her new role as Director of INFOhio, Clay is responsible for developing and implementing plans that advance INFOhio program priorities and initiatives. She will lead the ongoing development and delivery of all INFOhio programs, resources, and services to Ohio PreK-12 students, educators, and parents. She is also responsible for the operation of INFOhio digital tools and resources, INFOhio professional development for PreK-12 educators, and school library automation services.
“It is with confidence that I applaud the selection of the new Director of INFOhio, Erica Clay. Having worked side by side with Erica for several years, I have witnessed her talents, sense of work ethic, and passion for INFOhio’s vision and mission,” noted retiring Director of INFOhio, Theresa Fredericka. “She will lead INFOhio with dedication to providing high quality digital content so that every Ohio PreK-12 student has the tools they need to learn no matter their zip code.”
Lori Lee joins the INFOhio team with twenty-seven years of experience in education, the majority of which was in the high school English classroom. In 2012, she moved from the classroom to the district librarian position for Zanesville City Schools in Zanesville, Ohio. Her passions in education are innovative curriculum design and technology integration which led her to pursue becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an INFOhio District ICoach. Lee is no stranger to INFOhio as a participant on the INFOhio Users Council. She was elected to the board of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) as the Director of Teaching and Learning and currently serves on the WOSU Educational Advisory Council and the OhioNET board. She earned her BS in Education from Butler University, her MA in Curriculum & Instruction from Muskingum University, and her Graduate Certification in School Library Media from Marshall University. She also serves as a Graduate Adjunct Professor for Muskingum University.
“I am thrilled to join the Management Council, Erica, and the rest of the INFOhio team,” Lee shared. “I look forward to working with Ohio’s educational community during this evolving time for school leaders, teachers, librarians, students, and families. It is critical for the INFOhio Instructional Team to support all of them with not only our robust digital tools and resources, but also to design innovative and engaging learning opportunities that can be delivered through technology.”
As the Assistant Director of INFOhio, Lee will establish standards, procedures, and priorities for achieving departmental goals and is responsible for the overall efficiency of the Instructional Team. She will coordinate and oversee the statewide efforts of the Instructional Team to increase awareness and use of INFOhio digital tools and resources.
“I am equally pleased that Lori Lee has agreed to join the Management Council as Assistant Director of INFOhio. This speaks well for the next iteration of INFOhio and its power in today’s classroom and school library,” said Ms. Fredericka. “Her experience with both the school library environment and instructional technology, along with her involvement in the OELMA professional organization, reflects the leadership and partnership skills that will be valuable to support INFOhio’s strategic initiatives.”
“With Erica and Lori leading an already strong, innovative team, I am confident that INFOhio will carry on with its rich tradition of the past 30 years,” said Ms. Fredericka.