Shaker leaves CH-UH district for new role with Cleveland schools

Angee Shaker

Angee Shaker, director of communications and community engagement for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, will leave her position at the end of August to become the executive director of strategic engagement for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). There, she will work within CMSD’s division of portfolio planning to lead engagement activity and provide internal and external communications to support “Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.”

Shaker served as director of communications and community engagement for the CH-UH district for six years.

“During her time in this role, Ms. Shaker became a trusted advisor, champion of the district’s brand, and a reliable voice for education in the community,” stated Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon. “She has facilitated our strategic planning efforts that engaged over 1,800 stakeholders, including students, staff, families and partners.”

Shaker and her team improved the district’s communications and community engagement efforts in numerous ways, including the following:

  • Coordinated the complete redesign and implementation of the district’s website,, nationally recognized by NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) with an Award of Excellence in 2015.
  • Created and designed e-newsletters for the district and each school, recognized by OHSPRA (Ohio School Public Relations Association) with an Award of Excellence in 2015.
  • Developed a crisis communication plan as part of the crisis management team.
  • Cultivated a relationship of trust and transparency with the district’s media partners to increase positive stories about student and staff accomplishments.

“While I’m very enthusiastic about taking on this new and challenging role with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, I’m saying my goodbyes with a heavy heart. I’m going to deeply miss my colleagues, the students and families of the district, and our community partners. I’ve grown so much from my work here and I’m grateful for getting to be a part of such a powerful and inspiring school community,” said Shaker.

Before coming to the district in 2009, Shaker was vice president of education and workforce development for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a former news anchor for WYTV in Youngstown and WTOV in Steubenville.

“We will begin the search for Angee’s replacement immediately. The communications and community engagement position has been posted on our website at,” Dixon stated. 

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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