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Welcome from the Principal

Welcome from the Principal


Greetings Obama Family, 


I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Barack Obama Elementary School.  I can assure you that I share in the district’s mission to educate students through expectations of excellence, and to prepare them for a lifetime of success. I firmly believe that every child can succeed and that the cooperation between home and school builds trust and self-esteem in students.   I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Akron.  I went on to further my education at Cleveland State University earning both a Master of Education and Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership.  I received my doctorate of education from Youngstown State University where I presented my dissertation, Disproportionate Representation of African American Males in Special Education . It has been published in the Journal of Educational Leadership. 


 Education has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Professionally and personally I have experience developing and implementing instructional programs for youth. I have background presenting within multicultural, inclusionary, and regular education classrooms.  My interests include:  special education, family therapy, restorative justice, and dispelling microaggressions in education. My hobbies include serving the community through my organizations, traveling whenever and wherever I can (I enjoy beaches the most!), planning and hosting parties, baking, making  chocolate treats, making candles, and reading and writing.




Dr. Kiena S. Hughley



Dr. Kiena Hughley


Barack Obama School
5800 Glenwood Avenue
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
(216) 438-6020

Dr. Kiena Hughley
(216) 438-6020 ext. 4001

Ms. Emma Young
(216) 438-6020 ext. 4003​

Guidance Counselor
Ms. Stephanie Chandler
(216) 438-6020 ext. 4535

Barack Obama Elementary School