11/2/2012 10:57:00 AMSchool Psychologist Inducted into West Tech Alumni Association Hall of Fame
Dr. Linda Neiheiser, supervisor of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Office of Psychological Services, was inducted into the West Tech Alumni Association Hall of Fame recently, along with four graduates of the school, (John D. Cimperman, ’53, Edward B. Henning “40, Angelo Privitera “58, and Theodore Zajac ’36). City Council Member Jay Westbrook (Ward 16) officiated an awards ceremony and dinner, held September 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, where the 2012 Inductees were awarded Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition issued US Congressman Dennis Kucinich; a proclamation from the Ohio Senate, issued by Senator Tom Niehaus, President of the Ohio Senate, and State Senator Thomas F. Patton, Majority Floor Leader; a Resolution of Congratulations from the City of Cleveland, issued by Council President Martin J. Sweeney; West Tech Hall of Fame Inductee plaques; and a large framed photo of the school, which boasted the largest student enrollment in Ohio throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and was closed in 1995 by the Cleveland Board of Education.
Dr. Neiheiser began her career in the then-Cleveland Public Schools as a Visual Art Teacher at West Tech, where her students earned meritorious awards for their art work in scholastic art competitions. She also advised the Warriorettes drill team and other extracurricular activities during her tenure at the school before becoming a psychologist with the District. She is former president of the Ohio School Psychologists Association as well as the Cleveland Association of School Psychologists, and received the School Psychologist of the Year Award from both professional groups.
In addition to her work in CMSD, Dr. Neiheiser is an adjunct professor in the graduate school psychology program at Kent State University. She is an accepted presenter annually at both the National School Psychologists Association’s conventions and the International School Psychologists Association’s scientific colloquia. She serves on several northeast Ohio boards, including the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Leadership Board, the University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Psychiatry Advisory Board, and Gilmour Academy’s Board of Trustees. She is chairman of the Board of Directors of Cornerstone of Hope and is the Executive Secretary of Kent State University’s Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Neiheiser also serves nationally on the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.