Executive Education Team

Debbie Piazza, Education Program Coordinator Deborah Piazza
Education Program Coordinator
[email protected]
216.712.7600 Ext. 50126

Debbie Piazza has been in education for 23 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University. As a classroom teacher, she taught 4th grade ELA and social studies. She has coached various sports throughout her teaching career and has served on various committees. She joined Constellation Schools in the fall of 2008 as a classroom teacher and transitioned to administration in 2013, serving 6 years as an assistant principal and two years as a principal. She joins the Executive Education Team this year as the Education Program Coordinator. Mrs. Piazza believes that a well-rounded education that focuses on academics, technology and social and emotional learning allows students to gain the necessary skills to be successful in their future career paths. She looks forward to supporting students, families and staff in her new role.


Christine Garten, Curriculum & Instruction Program Coordinator Christine Garten
Curriculum & Instruction Program Coordinator
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216.712.7600 Ext. 50141

Christine Garten has been an educator for 26 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University. Much of her career has been spent in the elementary classroom, specifically first and second grades. More recently, Christine has been part of the executive leadership team at Constellation Schools, as the Curriculum & Instruction Program Coordinator. Christine joined Constellation Schools in 2001 and is passionate about education and serving the students and families within the Constellation family.


Jillian Lukich, Support Services Program Coordinator Jillian Lukich
Support Services Program Coordinator
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216.712.7600 Ext. 50119

Jillian Lukich is delighted to serve on the Executive Education Team for Constellation Schools as the Support Services Program Coordinator! She leads the talented staff of school psychologists, speech & language pathologists, occupational therapists and school counselors as they work together to provide educational supports and related services to all of Constellation's schools. A school psychologist by training, Jillian holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Psychology Specialist degree from Cleveland State University. She has been fortunate to provide psychological services to students and support services to Constellation's schools for the past nine years. At the heart of Jillian’s work is her unwavering belief in the transformative power of kindness, compassion and caring relationships, and in all students’ rights to be safe, supported and nurtured in school as they grow into the very best version of themselves.


Julia Howerton, School Nurse Program Coordinator Julia Howerton
School Nurse Program Coordinator
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216.712.7600 Ext. 50124

Julia Howerton, R.N, BSN, LSN has been a RN for 22 years specializing in pediatrics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo. Julia completed the School Nurse Certification program at Wright State University. She previously worked at Dayton’s Children’s Hospital emergency room and University Hospital Cleveland Rainbow Babies and Children's hospital. Julia joined Constellation Schools in 2006 as a school nurse. Since 2015, Julia has served as the School Nurse Program Coordinator and oversees the nursing program for all Constellation Schools. One of her favorite quotes is by Joycelyn Elders: “You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy, and you can’t keep a child healthy who isn’t educated.”


Brittney Lester, Special Education Program Coordinator Brittney Lester
Special Education Program Coordinator
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216.712.7600 Ext. 50121

Brittney Lester has been with Constellation Schools for the past 7 years. In her time with us, she has served a variety of roles ranging from Intervention Specialist to Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a M.A. Ed in School Leadership, both from Baldwin Wallace University. Brittney is delighted to lead the talented team of Special Education Coaches, Intervention Specialists, and Paraprofessionals as they work collaboratively with families to provide services for our learners with disabilities. She is passionate about ensuring that all students have the opportunity to be successful, both in and out of school. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns in relation to Special Education!