Daniel F. Leary

Title: Educator
Company: Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Location: Strongsville, Ohio, United States

Daniel F. Leary, Teacher at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.

Following coursework at Colgate University, Kent State University and Baldwin College (now Baldwin Wallace University), Mr. Leary obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1970 and a Master of Arts in education from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1971. He thereupon excelled as an English teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from 1970 to 2005, serving as department chairperson for 25 years.

Additionally, Mr. Leary provided superior service as a part-time evening/weekend instructor of poetry, drama and composition with Cuyahoga Community College in Cuyahoga County, Ohio from 1989 to 2001. He served as supervisor of the Office of Field Services in the Humanities Department at Cleveland State University from 2005 to 2020 and as a field mentoring lead and building coordinator with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, John Carroll University from 2009 to 2019. Mr. Leary coached contestants for the Great Lakes Shakespeare recitation contests, with five becoming finalists, and one winner headed to New York for national competitions from 1985 to 1997, and was named British Petroleum Teacher of the Year in 1994 and District Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2002 for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Mr. Leary developed a passion for teaching thanks to the encouragement and mentorship of his English department chairperson and his first school principal, who recognized his potential and “sold” him on what was to become a career commitment to the education of youth and a passion for developing aspiring educators. This led him to his post of classroom teaching profession as a trainer/supervisor of teachers in college pre-service programs. He further attributes his success to his loving wife, Debbie, who was herself a committed and effective educator/supervisor, now retired.

Mr. Leary’s career highlight was the two-year period, from 1989 to 1991 during which he was selected, interviewed and participated in the Cleveland Peer Review Program where he advised and mentored 30 contractual educators who were new to the Cleveland system, volunteered or requested classroom assistance and mentoring, or were in danger of being non-reappointed by their principals. Fully retired now after 50 very satisfying years in his career, Mr. Leary may pursue a book, but currently, he is enjoying his time with his wife and family.

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