Not just leaders. Doers.


The members of Cambridge Education Group’s leadership team have extensive experience in the design, launch, and successful operations of charter schools. Additionally, they’ve provided educational and strategic consulting to public, private, and parochial schools throughout the country—including Florida, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Colorado. Get to know these proven leaders. They’re just as excited to get to know you.

Paulette Hare

John Stack

President & Owner

What do Cambridge teams, Cleveland teams, and his 11-year-old son’s teams have in common? You’ll find John cheering them on. John is dedicated to teaching and team-building—masterfully doing both at work and at home. John exemplifies what it takes to be a leader in education. It’s no wonder he makes a great leader for Cambridge.

  • 15 years of charter school experience as a teacher, school leader, and executive—the last four with Cambridge
  • A graduate of the University of Mount Union where he studied business and psychology, and earned his teaching license
  • Taught and developed at-risk youth his entire career. First at a juvenile halfway house, then in charter schools, and now in schools across the state
  • Enjoys challenging students to a game of one-on-one when they’ve met certain goals in the classroom

In your own words…
I love what I do because: I have the opportunity to affect people’s (employees’ and students’) lives through growth, development, and education.
Why Cambridge: Because we’re focused on the people; from the leadership team, to the school leaders, to the teachers, to the students…we’re about developing people.
Go-to karaoke song: Stuck on You – Lionel Richie, Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond, Operator – Jim Croce. Any Springsteen, Willie Nelson, or Garth Brooks…maybe a little Meatloaf. That’s more than one isn’t it?
Pet peeves: Close talking, and people who think there’s a “b” in the word supposedly.

Karen Wachter

Karen Wachter

Vice President & Owner—DOP

Karen’s ability to bring balance, perspective, and harmony to any situation could be attributed to her mastery of yoga or love of nature. Ask her colleagues and they’ll tell you it’s all about her extensive experience and genuine care and concern for others. Aum-azing.

  • Over 10 years of experience in the field of education, currently in her fourth year with Cambridge Education Group
  • A Zip and a Flash: B.S. from Kent State University and M.E. from University of Akron
  • Has spent her entire educational career exclusively in dropout recovery schools
  • Often invited to weddings and baby showers of former students

In your own words…
I love what I do because: I truly believe I’m changing lives.
Dream Jeopardy category: Yoga poses.
My job rocks because: of the people I work with.
Dogs or cats: Dogs. Big dogs. Specifically, Rottweilers.

Maureen Businger

Maureen Businger

Vice President & Owner—K8

Maureen truly believes that our students are the future of our communities—and destined for greatness. One of her former sixth graders, with the chips heavily stacked against her, went from high school honors to college graduate to successful attorney (who pays it forward by helping others). Just like this story, Maureen is an inspiration to all she serves.

  • An administrator for 15+ years, and a middle school & high school reading and English teacher
  • Graduate of Ashland University with B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Educational Leadership (Reading Endorsement K-12)
  • Knock Champion—a basketball-inspired game played at recess with her students. (Recently beaten twice by the principal at East Prep.)
  • Enjoys biking, running, and trying new recipes

In your own words…
Why Cambridge: At Cambridge, anything is possible. That includes making educational opportunities for at-risk students, possible.
Interesting fact: First woman athletic director for Lucas Athletics in the Lucas Local School District.
Dogs or cats: Dog, a 3-year old Shizu named Tucker.

Paulette Hare

Paulette Hare

Executive Director—DOP

A philanthropist and a scholar, Paulette’s innate ability to connect with others shines in all she does. Her comfort with change and her passion for overcoming adversity make her a deft problem solver—plus, her devotion to education (both personally and professionally) makes her a bona fide star.

  • 22 years’ experience in education; 15 have been focused on the management and operation of schools—the last two years with Cambridge
  • B.S. in Psychology and Family Studies from Ursuline College and is working toward a Master’s in Business
  • An amateur sociologist who loves to meet new people and learn about different communities
  • Has coached tee ball, youth soccer, cheerleading, and basketball, and is also a Girl Scout troop leader

In your own words…
I love what I do becauseI encounter people from every walk of life and cherish the relationships I have developed. I learn so much from interacting with other people and those relationships have helped me to grow personally and professionally.
Volunteer activities: Relay for Life every year.
Last good book: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Unknown fact: I love to move. I have lived in more than 14 houses.

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Leigh Ann King

Executive Director—Federal Programs

When Leigh Ann isn’t writing grants, she is watching Buckeye Football with her “large and loud” family. Her family and colleagues agree she is generous with her time and always has more to give. It may be thanks in part to her zeal for coffee—and lots of it. Either way, we’ll keep it coming!

  • 11+ years of experience, nine of which were leading a Development Organization for the Rural Poor (DORP)
  • A Buckeye through and through; B.S.B.A. in Accounting and completion of the School Treasurer Program from from The Ohio State University.
  • A Jill of all trades: has a reputation for knowing at least a little about a lot.
  • Has lost track of the total number of children who call her “mom” and she “begs they stop screaming my name.”

In your own words…
Your superpower: The ability to handle many tasks efficiently, accurately, and singlehandedly.
Favorite school memory:  Pretending to be the Guess Jean model—it’s an 80’s thing 😉
Dogs or cats: DOGS—3; two Pugs and a Bully saved from Death Row!
Unknown fact: The proud owner of one kidney.

Amy Printy

Amy Printy

Executive Director

Virtuous and strong-willed, Amy is a superior role model. Armed with a belief in the power of a good education and public service, she aspires to inspire. And with her history of fostering rescue dogs and encouraging her grandchildren to be humanitarians, how could she not? Working with our school leaders, she is able to spread her laudable influence far and wide.

  • Changing directions: after 20 years in finance, went back to school to be an educator, and now has more than 6 years’ experience as a teacher and principal
  • B.A. in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and pursuing a M.A. in Educational Leadership
  • Always makes the bed, does the dishes, and cleans up the hotel room when she travels
  • A huge sports fan, as a kid, she and her dad would take trips in the summer to catch baseball games

In your own words…
Why Cambridge: Cambridge is a family. Everyone here is supportive and truly cares. The sky is the limit—for the students and the staff!
Dream Jeopardy category: 1970’s sitcoms
You have a knack for: Cooking and entertaining. I would love to open a bed and breakfast when I retire.
Go-to karaoke song: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor or All Summer Long by Kid Rock

Larry A. Burt


Whether in school, at church, or on the playground, this husband and father of two lives his life by one simple philosophy: “Be the best me that I can be.” Staff and students would all agree, Larry’s positive attitude is as impressive as his standing back flip. He’s a true leader—all around.

  • 9+ years of experience in the field of education, the last three with Cambridge Education Group
  • RedHawk power: A Miami University graduate, B.A. in Sport Management; M.A. in Sport Administration
  • Basketball junkie and two-time March Madness bracket winner at LEIHS
  • A sucker for animals and lover of National Geographic and the History Channel.

In your own words…
Why Cambridge: They have a vested interest in their students and employees. Plus, a true understanding of the needs and challenges of our student population. Cambridge approaches it all with a great sense of urgency.
Your hidden talent: I can play the Piano (by ear).
Last good book: The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki
Celebrity you most resemble: Shaq

Leeanna Simmons


Leeanna is a family-oriented wife and mother of five who absolutely gushes when talking about her kids—both her own and her students. Her fervor for education has not gone unnoticed. While with Cambridge her school won “most improved” and she was nominated for OAPCS’s School Leader of the Year!

  • Over 11 years of experience in education. Currently in her fifth year with Cambridge
  • B.S. in Information Technology from Western Governors University
  • Served in both the US Marine Corps and US Army
  • Enjoys watching movies and playing (read: winning) games with family and friends

In your own words…
I love what I do because:
Daily, I have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of so many people.
Favorite school memory: Performing in the sixth grade Christmas program singing “Are My Ears on Straight.”
Your job rocks because: I have a great team, awesome students, and [their] wonderful parents.
Dogs or cats: Dog, a Pug named Poppa Pugh Simmons

Joy Beasley


Sports, scholars and ‘stangs are three of Joy’s favorite ways to fuel her competitive spirit. Coaching East Prep’s Girls Volleyball team, challenging students to strive for excellence, and ripping up the racetrack with her son in his souped-up Mustang really get her heart pumping.

  • 26 years of experience as a teacher, librarian, and administrator; the last four years with Cambridge
  • A graduate of the College of Wooster with a degree in Sociology and an M.S. in Library & Information Science from Kent State University
  • #CantStopWontStop pushing at-risk youth to truly reach their potential—we can make a difference!
  • Recently returned to her roots coaching t-ball and was teased because she wrote “lesson plans” for the practices

In your own words…
You have a knack for: Hiring phenomenal people who believe in the power of our students as much as I do!
Favorite school memory: My 5th grade teacher really took time out with my awkward childhood self (believe it or not, I wasn’t as cool back then as I am now). I don’t remember what she taught me, but I remember how loved she made me feel!
Unknown fact: Owned a horse while growing up on a farm.

Jennifer Heyman


Jenn may have grown up rural, but she is passionate about urban education. Almost singularly focused on improving her students’ lives, she spends her spare time researching and developing new methods to use in her classrooms. Thankfully, Jenn isn’t all work and no play. When she allows herself to have a little fun, she enjoys a good mystery book, a Netflix binge, and bonfires on her family’s farm.

  • 8+ years of experience, two and a half of which have been with Cambridge
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University. Cum Laude to boot!
  • Aspires to give every child a high quality education, and believes a zip code should not determine a future
  • Practices yoga—hatha and vinyasa—and is currently learning to do a headstand

In your own words…
I love what I do because:
I love seeing students succeed!
Volunteer activities: I coach cheerleading and work with the girls on leadership skills.
Last good book: How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell
Unknown fact: I grew up on a farm and can still drive a tractor.

Chuck Hall


This husband and father of four has found his passion, and he has committed. Not only does Chuck volunteer as a liaison for both the Adult and Juvenile court systems, he was also the Educational Chair for the NAACP’s local chapter. When time allows (we’re surprised it ever does), Chuck exercises mind and body through basketball, softball, tennis, and chess.

  • 20 years of experience in the field of education; four years with Cambridge
  • B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University, M.S. in Education & Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. Plus, he holds a five-year Principal Professional License and is OTES certified
  • Is passionate about assisting youth and their families in their daily struggles, and collaborates with the local social service agencies and leaders of surrounding school districts
  • Is a former high school chess champion

In your own words…
Why Cambridge: I believe that every young person deserves an education and should not be given up on for mistakes made early in their life. Cambridge provides me the opportunity to fulfill what I am passionate about.
I love what I do because:  It’s a very surreal and exhilarating feeling to go home to your family with the thought that you made a positive impact in someone’s life and, in many instances, their family’s life.
Favorite school memory: Being the first black student chess champion at my high school
Proudest moment: My proudest experience was being a single father. Both of my children went on to earn college degrees.