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Principal Yuri Thornton

Principal Thornton is a Cleveland native and proud graduate of Cleveland Heights High. She started her career teaching in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools before transitioning to a leadership path that took her across the country and around the world.

Ms. Thornton spearheaded teacher development networks in Cincinnati, Texas, and Beijing, China. She spent the last decade building a portfolio of innovative programs that help teachers of all grades and content areas enhance critical pedagogical skills.

Now, Principal Thornton has returned home to lead The Brilliance School in Garfield Heights and promote her vision of equitable education access for local students and teachers. She is hands-on, accessible, and commited to cultivating a culture of excellence, gratitude, and joy.

Principal Thornton holds a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Education from Lynn University.

Daughn Studamire

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal Studamire graduated from Bowling Green with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has twenty years of experience as an educator, living by the mantra: “Save every student, one hug at a time.” Ms. Studamire has directed daycare centers, corporate training programs, and worked as a student teacher at one of the top urban school districts in the country. She joined Brilliance as a founding member in 2021, and currently serves as Assistant Principal of Instruction. She still hugs her students every day.

The Brilliance team is exceptional, accessible, and engaged. Download our Staff Directory to get in touch.

Want to join the Brilliance team?

The Brilliance School is seeking passionate and experienced teachers to join our team for the upcoming school year. Check out our Careers page to learn more.