Superintendent,  Craig Kupferberg

     Craig Kupferberg assumed the position of Superintendent of the Allen County Educational Service Center on August 1, 2018.  Prior to this position he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Findlay City Schools for six years, Findlay High School’s Principal for eight years, Cory-Rawson’s High School Principal for nine years, and as a Mathematics Teacher at Lancaster High School for five years and Kings Mills High School for one year. 

     Mr. Kupferberg earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Illinois State University, his master’s in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati, his initial principal’s license from The Ohio University, and his superintendent’s license from the University of Findlay.

     Mr. Kupferberg is married to Becky who is an Adjunct Professor of English at The University of Findlay.  They have three adult sons, the oldest working in business in Columbus, Ohio; the middle a Lieutenant in the Army serving as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer; and the youngest a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

Karla Wireman, Treasurer

     Mrs. Wireman is a licensed Treasurer with the State of Ohio. Her role as Treasurer is to serve as Financial Officer and Secretary to the Allen County   ESC Governing Board. Mrs. Wireman graduated from Allen East High School, has two grown children and has been employed with the ESC since 1984.


Shannon Bowers, Director of Gifted Program/K-8 Curriculum

     Shannon Bowers is the Director of Gifted Programming and K-8 Curriculum.  Shannon earned her Undergraduate degree from Miami University and has completed Graduate level coursework at Bowling Green State University and the University of Cincinnati studying Gifted Education.  Shannon is a Gifted Intervention Specialist and has taught at several schools in Allen County. Shannon looks forward to coordinating the Allen County Spelling Bee and Quiz Bowl this year.

     Shannon’s most recent teaching assignments were at Shawnee Middle School, Maplewood Intermediate and Perry Elementary providing gifted services to third through sixth grade students.  Prior to that, Shannon taught second grade at Liberty Arts Magnet for four years and third and fourth grade at Maplewood for three years. Shannon has worked as a teacher at Camp Invention, has coached the   Power of the Pen writing competition and Science Olympiad.

     Shannon is married to Jason and they have three teenage daughters. As a family they enjoy traveling to Northern Michigan, going to watch the Cincinnati Reds and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes!


Kim Nellis, Director of Special Education Services

     Kim Nellis is employed by the Allen County Educational Service Center as a Special Education Supervisor.  She coordinates special education services for Allen County’s Multiple Disabilities Program, Great Day Academy (Autism Program), and provides special education consultation services to Bath and Spencerville Local Schools. She also provides professional development to Allen County educators in the area of special education. Before coming to Allen County, she held the position of Director of Special Education for the Mercer County ESC for ten years.  While in this capacity, Kim supervised the county Speech/Language Therapists, School Psychologists, Special Education Supervisors, OT/PTs, and Parent Mentor.

Nikki Rettig, Director of ED/Alternative and JDC Programs

     Nikki Rettig serves as the Director of the ED and Alternative Programs as well as Director of the Educational Programming at the Walter J. Roush Juvenile Detention Center. She continues to collaborate and team with programming staff, district supervisors and administrators of neighboring districts to provide support and specialized instruction and services for students considered "at risk" and those with special needs. 

Amy Recker, Director of Preschool

     Amy Recker presently is the Preschool Special Educator Director as well as the supervisor of related services (occupational and physical therapy).  The preschool program consists of 8 center based classrooms, 3 itinerant intervention specialists and several other specialists in various fields who provide support and specialized instruction in various locations to students based on individual needs.  Prior to being a leader of the preschool program, she was a preschool special education teacher for 12 teachers in which she taught a variety of disabilities and typically developing students.  Having a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), she has a deep passion for working in partnership with families with children with disabilities.

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Mindy Schulz, Executive Director

     With more than 20 years of diverse educational experience, from the classroom to leadership to
  consulting, Mindy serves as Chief Executive Officer of the West Central 
Learning Academy, and
  Executive Director at the ACESC leading all evaluation related
 initiatives, facilitating professional
  development, and overseeing grades 9-12 
curriculum and instruction. Mindy has been selected by
  the Ohio Department of 
Education as a state trainer for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
  (OTES), the Ohio 
Principal Evaluation System (OPES), and the electronic Teacher and
Evaluation System (eTPES). Additionally, Mindy is trained in all aspects of student
growth measures, including student learning objectives (SLOs). She has presented numerous
  times at statewide conferences, and worked with educators across the state 
to implement various
  legislative mandates.

     Mindy also has expertise in assessment literacy, Ohio’s Learning Standards, curriculum mapping
  and alignment, data analysis, and formative instructional practices. She has 
served as a
  classroom teacher, principal, curriculum supervisor, and graduate level 
adjunct instructor.

     Feel free to contact Mindy for professional development and consultative services. Customized training is available.