Director of Special Services, Ms. Sue Boyle


330-527-0131 fax


JAG Integrated Preschool Program
Adopted Preschool Policy
The James A. Garfield Local Schools operates a preschool program for students aged 3-5.


Mrs. FossMrs. Rebecca Foss 

Email: rfoss@jagschools.org

Mrs. Foss is an energetic teacher that has a passion for teaching young children. This is her third year teaching. She has numerous experiences in multiple classrooms while receiving her undergraduate degree at Walsh University. She graduated Walsh Cum Laude and was part of the International Honor Society in Education. Mrs. Foss holds an Early Childhood (Pk-3) and an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (P-3) Ohio teaching license. She has been trained to give multiple preschool assessments, as well as what to do in emergency situations and how to keep her classroom safe. She looks forward to spending each day in her classroom to make a difference in many different lives.

Mrs. BrandesMrs. Meghan Brandes

Email: meghanbrandes@jagschools.org

Mrs. Brandes loves young children and has spent the last 21 years teaching special education in a variety of settings. She completed her undergraduate work in Special Education at Miami University and received her Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Prior to teaching in the integrated preschool classroom setting, Mrs. Brandes taught for 10 years at the kindergarten level working with students who needed support learning early literacy skills. She holds an Education of the Handicapped (K-12) certification and an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (P-3) license in Ohio, and she was nominated for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award in 2001. Teaching preschool has been a long-held dream, and she strives to make a difference in each of her students’ lives.


Preschool screenings are generally held twice a year, once in the Fall and again in the Spring. Appointments can be made by calling the Special Services Office at 330.527.5524.


Handbooks for each year can be viewed by clicking the links below.


Preschool Administrator- Ms. Keri Leindecker, PK-3 Principal of James A. Garfield Elementary School

email: kleindecker@jagschools.org

phone: 330.527.2184

Director of Special Services - Ms. Sue Boyle
email: sboyle@jagschools.org

phone: 330.527.5524


Below are links to Preschool resources that may be helpful to parents and students.

Departments & Standards

Ohio Department of Education Homepage

Ohio Department of Education - Special Education Topics

Ohio's Early Learning Standards (Birth-PreK)

Early Childhood Ohio

Local Resources

Portage County District Library - Garrettsville Calendar of Events

Portage County Health Department