The location of the new school was a strategic choice made by
ACCEL’s leadership team. “Last year we looked around Lorain and
realized that the need is there for a bilingual school” says Dr.
Erik Thorson, Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools.
Dr. Thorson, Principal of Monroe Preparatory Academy and
Regional Vice President of Lorain Bilingual Academy, Lorain
Preparatory Academy, Steam of Warren, and Youngstown Academy of
Excellence is bringing the same academic model to Lorain that
made his other schools a success, with the addition of teaching
the Spanish Language.
“I am proud to have Jay Saez as principal of LBA,” says Thorson,
“Saez was a top
administrator in prior to receiving this opportunity to serve as
our Principal. Saez is joined by another top administrator Nino
Lopez (Assistant Principal, LBA) and top 3rd Grade
teacher Rachel Blackshire (Academic Director). Top teachers such
as Kaleena Sinclair (4th Grade) and Kelli Gregory (5th
Grade) lead an enthusiastic group, ready to teach the children
of Lorain! Daniel Lewis (TESOL) and Ginnelle Morley (Spanish)
who are considered top educators in their field round out the
This is an incredible line up of teachers, and we have added
additional all stars and rising stars to the roster to finish
out our founding staff,” says Thorson.
Lorain Bilingual Academy is conveniently located in downtown
Lorain and occupies the old St. Mary’s School Building.
“This school is going to be incredible!” says Thorson. “Parents
should enroll their children while they can because this school
will have a waiting list very soon. LBA will be one of the top
schools in the state in a few years. I invite you to join the
Open tour times
Monday – Friday, 8am-2pm
307 West 7th Street,
Lorain, OH 44052