Alison Ciferno joins the team at the ESC of the Western Reserve after spending the past 35 years as an educator with Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools. She graduated from Kent State University with dual degrees in Elementary and Gifted Education and spent the next twenty two years teaching first and second grade students in a gifted self-contained classroom setting. Alison earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and joined the W-E curriculum department as the Coordinator of Literacy, Title 1 and Gifted Services. Alison has been a frequent presenter at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) Conference and is a board member of the Greater Cleveland Coordinators of the Gifted (GCCG). She is also a member of the Ohio Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs (OAASFEP) and works with local coordinators to streamline federal program services and compliance. Alison is committed to facilitating positive communication among all members of the school community to ensure that students remain the focus of our work.