Charlotte Grace Buzzelli, BSEd, MSEd

Title: Special Education Educator and Granstmanship Grant Writer
Company: Project RISE, Akron Public Schools
Location: Akron, Ohio, United States

Charlotte Grace Buzzelli, BSEd, MSEd, Special Education Educator at Project RISE of Akron Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

A professional special education educator and consultant with 54 years and decades of experience to her credit, Ms. Buzzelli has been with Project Learn of Summit County from 2010 to 2018. Presently, she is a teacher with Project RISE Homeless Program at Akron Public Schools working with after school programs at various homeless shelters and with community homeless projects since 2001. From 1992 to 2002, she was a full-time training coordinator / teacher for the Northeast Regional and Program Educator Children Services with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Sagamore Hills Children’s Psychiatric Hospital as well as an educational therapist and staff member at the North Coast Psychiatric State Hospital. She was a full-time State of Ohio ODMH Civil Servant from 1977 to 2002. In 1978, Ms. Buzzelli was proud of pioneering the first special education program in Ohio for an adult state psychiatric hospital at Falls View Psychiatric Hospital. and successful proposals in grantsmanship writing such as the first TTPA Grant for the Ohio Department of Mental Health in 2000, developing the first community-based adult basic education program in state psychiatric hospitals in the 1980s. From 1992 to 2010, she has served as an adult basic literacy education teacher with various public schools, high schools and community-based education centers as a part-time contract teacher with Akron Public Schools. Her previous full-time teaching experiences included St. Anthony School from 1969 to 1976 and Akron Montessori School from 1976 to 1977.

For her accomplishments, Ms. Buzzelli has been the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award. She earned an A-Key, University of Akron Honors, a University of Akron Alumni Distinguished Educator Award in 2004, an Ohio State University Outstanding Community Championship Partnership Award in 2010, a Commendations Award from the Summit County Governor’s Council in 2009 and 1978-1979 Outstanding State of Ohio Teacher Recognition Award. Ms. Buzzelli, not afraid of challenges, considers teaching a 16-year-old autistic student and an 85-year-old student to read and write for the first time to be two of the many highlights of her career. In preparation for her work as an educator, she attended the University of Akron, graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education in 1969 and 1976, respectively,

Ms. Buzzelli attributes her success to her family’s encouragement and her mentors, Dr. Ruth Clayton and Sister Mary Carmel. She has also found success as an author, writing the 8 Volume Set titled “Special Education Resource Manuals for ODMH,” “Materials Selection Handbook for Recommended Therapy in Prevocational Skills for Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults” and “Auditory Figure-Ground Relationship with DLM Materials” in 1976. She had also completed international studies and ERIC research articles listed in ERIC. Alongside her primary career field, Ms. Buzzelli serves as a member and in leadership roles for several community and charity organizations and is a dedicated and active member with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Akron Woman’s City Club since 1980. She became involved in education because she wanted to help improve the lives of others, and in the coming years, she will continue to travel internationally, endorsing education as a gateway to positive changes in communities.

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