Nancy Reeves

Nancy Reeves

I was transplanted from a small town in Nebraska in 1974. Since then I've graduated from three local post-secondary schools, lived in four local communities (in three counties), worked in three more (in three counties), taught high school (Shaw High School - East Cleveland), and parented a daughter through pretty much the polar opposite school system (Manchester).

I'm a mom, spouse, chief medical researcher and manager for far too many complex family medical matters, and a Quaker.

To make ends meet I've been paid as a teacher (at multiple levels, in multiple subjects, and for multiple institutions), a seamstress, a reporter for the Suburbanite (the public meeting beat for township and school board meetings), an enrolled agent, and an attorney. For non-monetary compensation - but sometimes a lot more real compensation - I am a photographer and digital retouch artist for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and the local music booster's club, member of the local bike patrol, and caregiver for 0-3 year olds for a week once a year. Just for fun (or perhaps to find a place phones can't follow me), I occasionally go diving.

...and I'll be transparent about more of who I am as it becomes relevant to conversations I'm engaged in.

My Recent Activity

Josh Mandel and Sherrod Brown snub the ABJ

I responded to Dave Scott: Dave, Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes view of the story.  We see comments about the...

Dave Scott

Thanks for posting this Daryl. It was an attempt to provide more openness about how we do our reporting -- something we never had space for before the Internet era. I invite and welcome criticism. Dave

Josh Mandel and Sherrod Brown snub the ABJ

I responded to Dave Scott: I have some thoughts, but my time and attention this week have been hit or miss.  I hope to catch...

Dave Scott

Perhaps this was too much inside baseball. It was our attempt to show folks how the story came about but I'm not sure how many care. No matter how much I insisted on writing and talking about civility, the response was... Continue reading

Incivility matters, so let's fix it

I responded to Bill Lyons: It was replaced yesterday.  If you are still seeing the old one at the top of your conversation,...

Bill Lyons

Thanks for clarifyng the source of the picture.  But since it clearly looks like the president...any chance we can replace it?

Where have all the leaders gone?

I responded to Andrew Samtoy: I guess I would ask different questions - why do we (collectively) want leaders who dumb down...

Andrew Samtoy

When listening to Bill Clinton's speech last night, one thought kept popping up in my head:    He is an adult, and he treated the audience like adults, and he was alone in doing that.     ... Continue reading

OPERS Board makes plans to betray retired workers and their families. Who cares?

I responded to Tonya Brooks: I am sorry you are facing this.  I found myself in a similar situation with STRS a few years...

Tonya Brooks

First of all, I apologize for making my first conversation with Civic Commons about me and my family. I have many interests and I welcome an opportunity to share civil conversations about challenges facing our communities.... Continue reading

Name New State Agency

I responded to Robin Byers: I love the philosophical reason for the change! I do have concerns that the combination will...

Robin Byers

I did rate them although I didn't truly like any of the ones they had chosen.  I created a new suggestion:   Ohio Department FOR Healthy Mind and Body.  Like the FOR instead of OF - as in promoting health.  Thought it... Continue reading

What are the best ways to teach grit?

I responded to Dan Moulthrop: A couple of observations about the video: Yes!  Acknowledgment of what I have been saying from...

Dan Moulthrop

So, how do you teach children to be curious and to acquire grit and determination as a character trait? I suspect this is both a pedagogical question and a parenting question, and as someone with an interest in both... Continue reading

Will school reform and the growing number of high-performing schools make you more likely to stay in (or move to) Cleveland?

I responded to Jill Miller Zimon: Ditto.  Growing up on a farm of a few hundred acres makes me want a bit more elbow room than we...

Jill Miller Zimon

I've never been a real city-dweller and when I was job hunting at the end of college, imagined a life as a school teacher in rural Maine! But I agree with Dan that the viability and success of the city or cities near where... Continue reading

What do you wish the candidates were actually talking about?

I responded to Josh Destardi: Josh, I have now found the comment you must be referring to which Senator Harkin made this...

Josh Destardi

And to that tweet, which by the way originated from a United States Senator (Harkin), I say THIS: For the record, I spent a long several hours in April of 2008 watching the Democratic rules committee consistently coddle... Continue reading

What do you wish the candidates were actually talking about?

I responded to Josh Destardi: Josh, The tweet was a description of Clint Eastwood's performance, and every source I can find...

Josh Destardi

And to that tweet, which by the way originated from a United States Senator (Harkin), I say THIS: For the record, I spent a long several hours in April of 2008 watching the Democratic rules committee consistently coddle... Continue reading