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February 7, 2011  |  News Release #14873  |  Contact: Joe Mosbrook, 216.523.7279,

Panel Forum: Is There a Superior Parenting Style?

Views from the Greater Cleveland Community

Sparked by Amy Chua's new book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," there has been much public debate about parenting styles among different cultures. Come see what parents and experts from various cultural backgrounds have to say about diverse parenting styles.

When: Monday, February 21 at noon. (President's Day)

Who: Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Kim Wheeler, WKYC Channel 3 News, Weekend Morning Anchor/Education Reporter


  • Chieh-Chen Bowen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Consumer and Industrial Research Program, Cleveland State University
  • Miesha Wilson Headen, City Council, Richmond Heights
  • Pearl Ling, Textbook Editor (K-8 mathematics)
  • Judith Lozada, Family Engagement Specialist, Esperanza, Inc.
  • Justin Perry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of the Center for Urban Education, Cleveland State University
  • Viji Vijay, SAP IT consultant for Moen Inc. and Regional Coordinator for Cleveland Chapter of the North South Foundation
  • Karl Wheatley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Cleveland State University

CSU's College of Education and Human Services
Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Ave. in the Julka Hall Atrium
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Media: Open to the media and pre-event interviews welcome


Kim Wheeler
Channel 3 News Weekend Morning Anchor/Education Reporter
Kim Wheeler joined WKYC in 1995. She is currently the weekend morning anchor and education reporter for Channel 3 News. In 2006, she received an Emmy for her anchoring.

Kim came to WKYC from WDGJ in Roanoke, Virginia where she served as reporter and anchor for six years. Prior to that, she was an anchor/reporter in Bluefield, West Virginia. Kim is a native of Smithville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

During Kim's years at WKYC, she received a first place award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in 2000 for her series on Ritalin and children. She was named one of Cleveland Magazine's "most interesting people" in 1999. Kim was also featured in Cleveland Magazine as one of Cleveland's working moms in the media.

Channel 3 News followed Kim and her husband, Tracy on their journey to Thailand to adopt their two sons. They brought Terry Pitak home in February of 2000 and Max Arun in October of 2005.

Kim and Tracy worked with Holt International Children's Services in Eugene, Oregon. For more information on adoption contact Holt at

Kim has volunteered in the Cleveland Schools and at her son's school. In addition, through her news stories, she worked with John Carroll University students to build a new playground for Margaret Ireland Elementary students. She also stays involved with education and adoption issues.

Panelist Members Biographies

Chieh-Chen Bowen
Chieh-Chen Bowen is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Consumer and Industrial Research Program at Cleveland State University. A Taiwanese immigrant, she and her husband Bill are the parents of three "totally American" boys ages 23, 19 and 14. As parents, the Taiwanese mom and American dad find themselves everyday trying to balance their different parenting styles. Chieh-Chen Bowen and Bill Bowen's find that their parenting style is an extension from their own parents. Chieh-Chen Bowen puts the highest emphasis on the boys' academic performance. Her husband Bill Bowen thinks well-rounded development is more important. She says her boys have figured out the strategy of 'divide and concur.' As long as mom and dad disagree with each other, the boys get to do whatever they want. Therefore, we have learned as parents over the years that it is very important for to have a united front to set clear guidance and boundaries for our boys so they know our expectations and internalize them into their own values. After that, they can do whatever they want.

Miesha Wilson Headen
A resident of Richmond Heights, Miesha Wilson Headon and her husband, Raymond, are the parents of two boys, Carl and Thomas. She was raised as an only child by her parents Thomas and Dorothy Wilson, retired teachers from the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) and graduates of Jackson State University, a historically black college in Mississippi. In addition, she is the granddaughter of a sharecropper and a garbage collector who sacrificed their limited income to make sure her parents had a college education. Miesha's great-great grandmother, Lucy Crump, remembered being freed from slavery. On her mother's side of the family, there is a long line of preachers who were cornerstones of their community. Miesha is a graduate of Orange High School, graduating in the top ten percent of her class and was a National Merit Finalist. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Columbia University in English Literature and Women's Studies. Her Master's in Management in Organizational Behavior and Socially Responsible Leadership is from Ursuline College. She currently serves as the Ohio Director of Democrats for Education Reform, advocating for high quality public education. She is a council member for the City of Richmond Heights.

Throughout Miesha Wilson's professional career, she has maintained a strong commitment to community and volunteerism, focusing on issues affecting families, women, and children. She was President of the Cleveland Chapter of Mocha Moms, a non-profit organization supporting and advocating for women of color who are stay-at-home moms. She served on the governing boards of two charter schools with a mission to educate at-risk youth. Keeping with her commitment to community service, she is a member of several organizations, including Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board, YMCA Hillcrest Advisory Board, the Women's Committee of the Cleveland Museum of Art, University School Parents Association, and Mocha Moms Cleveland East.

Pearl Ling
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she is a first generation Chinese American. As a result of her father's diplomatic career, during her youth, she traveled extensively from one capital city to another. Her education hop scotched across Asia, the United States, and Canada. For Pearl Ling parenthood began on Christmas day in 1985 with the birth of her first daughter. Even though her second daughter will graduate from college this May, she has come to realize that parenthood is a journey, and to appreciate it as a lifelong work-in-progress. In addition to being a mother, Pearl Ling's experiences include being a classroom teacher with a Master's degree in education from Boston University. She has worked as a textbook editor (K-8 mathematics) for the past 30 years. She welcomes the honor and opportunity to discuss as a panel the subject dear to all parents' hearts – their children and parenting. She believes this is how we can best stand by our children.

Judith Lozada
A Venezuelan-American, Judith Lozada grew up in the city of Caracas in Venezuela. Born to an American mother and a Venezuelan father, she appreciates and loves the best of both worlds. In Venezuela, she worked as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, with children and adults. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Family and Consumer Sciences, she has worked in the non-profit world developing volunteer programming for several non-profit organizations in the Cleveland area. Her experience includes having the honor and great pleasure to work with many incredible individuals giving selflessly of their time and talents. She is the Family Engagement Specialist for Esperanza, Inc., a long standing Hispanic organization offering programs that provide experience, support, guidance, and skill-building to help a diverse community of children and adults find and reach their potential. The Family Engagement office is one of its many programs that reaches out to the community to promote and assist individuals wanting to pursue and develop academic skills. Judith Lozada is a 20 year Cleveland resident. She notes she is "the mother of two and teacher to many."

Justin Perry
While growing up, diversity was a way of life for Justin Perry. Born in Pusan, Korea, he was adopted by Caucasian parents in Seattle, Washington at an early age. His adopted sister is of Mexican descent. Justin Perry is the director of the Center for Urban Education and an assistant professor in counseling psychology with the Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning at CSU. Outside of his CSU responsibilities, he works as a psychologist with the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights. There, he provides individual child psychotherapy, testing and parent guidance. He serves as a vice president of Esperanza, a Cleveland-based non-profit organization that serves the educational needs of Hispanic students.

In his director role for The Center for Urban Education, Justin Perry gathers faculty from Colleges at CSU who conduct research on urban education policy—links among urban education, housing, and economic development; urban school administration, curriculum, and instruction; bilingual education and second language acquisition, and services in urban schools such as health and physical education, counseling psychology, and special education. The center also provides grant-writing assistance in the pursuit of extra-mural funding for research, professional development, and programming for the Campus International School. It disseminates research findings and best practices to the CSU and Cleveland communities, as well as to national audiences. The Center also incubates new programs in the preparation of urban teachers and in the education of urban children and youth. The Center serves as the research, evaluation and development arm of the CSU Campus International School.

Viji Vijay
Born and brought-up in Chennai, India, Viji Vija moved to the United States in 1985. She has a Master's Degree in engineering from the University of Toledo. She is an SAP IT consultant for Moen Inc. The mother of two children, she was born and raised in the United States. Her daughter, Priya, is married and will receive her medical degree this year. Her son, Prashant, is a student at the University of Michigan. Viji Vijay's husband, Desi, received his Engineering. He previously was employed with NASA. He is now an IT consultant for the US Army. Viji Vijay serves as the regional coordinator for Cleveland Chapter of the North South Foundation a non-profit organization that conducts educational contests. For the past eight years, she has served with a team of volunteers that conducts spelling, vocabulary, math and geography bee contests for grades one through nine students of Indian origin. Each year, there are 150-200 children in Cleveland that participate in these contests. She is proud to say that Anamika Veeramani, the 2010 national champion of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee, is one of the children the Foundation works with. She believes it is important to motivate and challenge children to their full potential. She finds that it is always gratifying to see them succeed and become productive citizens in the community

Karl Wheatley
Karl Wheatley, is the father of two children ages 10 and 12. He is an associate professor of early childhood education at Cleveland State University. In addition, he teaches Sunday school and facilitates play activities for homeschooled children on a weekly basis. His research and parenting emphasizes how important intrinsic motivation, child-initiated learning, and democratic decision-making are for children's healthy development and learning. He and his wife have been homeschooling/unschooling their children for seven years, and in a forum such as this, he represents a more child-centered, interest-based approach to learning and parenting. His parenting challenges include juggling his roles well, spending quality time with each child each day, being a good role model, and finding great experiences for our children.

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