Principal Cinadr has Received a National Catholic Educational Association Innovations Award!

Principal Cinadr has Received a National Catholic Educational Association Innovations Award!

Updated 4/22/19

Saint Ambrose School Principal, Mrs. Lisa Cinadr, was recognized for her incredible dedication and work in Catholic education and innovation at Saint Ambrose School, which has earned her national recognition by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).  In the pictures above, she was recognized earlier this month by Brunswick Mayor, Ron Falconi, as a leader in the community.


On April 22nd, she was recognized in a room filled with her peers from across the nation, at the National Catholic Educational Association Conference in Chicago.  Dr. Karen M. Ristau, NCEA President, the award namesake, presented the award to Principal Lisa Cinadr, and Dr. Frank O’Linn, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, and Father Bob Stec, Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish and School,  accompanied Principal Cinadr as she accepted the award.

The Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovations award is presented annually to an individual, school or program that
has furthered the mission of Catholic education through an innovative program or approach.  

Since Principal Cinadr’s arrival to Saint Ambrose School in 2016, she has led a dedicated team of faculty
and staff in pursuing the highest quality researched best educational practices that include 21 st Century
teaching methods integrated with a STEAM cross-curricular pedagogy.

Saint Ambrose School was the first STEM designated school in Medina County and among the first in
2017. They further added to their designation with their comprehensive Fine Arts program last year to
become one of the only schools in the state of Ohio to receive a STEAM designation by the Ohio
Department of Education and Ohio Stem Learning Network in 2018.

In February, Saint Ambrose School joined an impressive and select circle of schools as one of only 18
schools across the U.S. and the only elementary school in Ohio recognized for their outstanding practices in
education as 21 st Century Learning Exemplars! Principal Cinadr exclaimed, “I would like to include and
recognize our entire team of faculty, staff and partners who help us provide the very best in education for our
students and their families. We are deeply grateful for the unwavering support of our parish community who
enable Littlest Angels Preschool and Saint Ambrose School to be the premier faith-based educational choice
for all families.”

Special thanks to our STEAM partner, Beth Szijarto, CEO of STEM Accelerated Coding, and our school staff
and partners for nominating Principal Cinadr for this NCEA Award! We celebrate this honor with Principal
Cinadr, and thank God for her!

Assistant Principal, Chris Dziedzicki commented, “Principal Cinadr has made invaluable contributions to improving Saint Ambrose School’s educational approach and Catholic identity.  Principal Cinadr understands that a school cannot operate properly without a strong school culture. She empowers all school stakeholders to take an active part in our school community. She is is a true innovator in Catholic education!

Congratulations Principal Cinadr on your recognition locally within your Brunswick community and nationally among your peers,  as the NCEA recipient of the 2019 Dr. Karen Ristau Innovations Award!

The mission of the NCEA is “In service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA strengthens catholic school communities by providing professional development, formation, leadership and advocacy.“-



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