Be Heard

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Our Team

We are here to help you bring your district to new heights!




Catharine is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education Degree. She was a classroom instructor for 30 years and then served as the Director of Communications for one of Ohio's largest school districts, before opening Be Heard. Catharine's areas of expertise include: 




Laura is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in English. Her areas of expertise include: 




Emily is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She also earned a Master of Education degree at John Carroll University and she has a technology endorsement. Her areas of expertise include: 

Stephen L.



Steve is a graduate of  Heidelberg University and received his Docotrate in Education at Northcentral University. He has served as a superintendent of schools for seventeen years and served in the United States Marine Corps., specializing in security.  

During my tenure as Director of Communications, I saw the need for effective and accurate communications grow, especially for school districts in Ohio. It is imperative that schools tell their story in a factual and concise manner so that they can be effective. 

We are here to help you tell your story with timely and accurate messaging!

                                                                                                                    Catharine Beal, Principal

My work as a school superintendent taught me that without attention to school safety, no district can be successful. Safety MUST be at the forefront of all actions in a district. My expertise focuses on reviewing the strategies you have in place in your schools and how they can be improved to bring additional layers of protection to those that enter your buildings. 

                                                                                                                 Stephen L. Thompson, Ed.D.,  Associate

Be Heard, LLC

Catharine R. Beal, M.Ed. 

36470 Carriage Lane, Willoughby, Ohio 44094

(440) 478-9242