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January Hall of Fame Resident of the Month
Congratulations Len Muni, January 2020 Hall of Fame Resident of the Month!
Len Muni has been a resident of Seven Hills for 27 years. He has been a long time supporter of the Seven Hills Fire Department (his brother is a retired fireman) and has been a strong supporter of the Seven Hills Hall of Fame since its inception. Being an avid environmentalist, Len can often be seen riding his bicycle around Seven Hills making sure the beautiful pockets of nature in our city are preserved.
Len attended St. Peter and Paul School (now named St. Josephat) in nearby Parma, Ohio, for grades K-8. He attended Byzantine Catholic High School and graduated in 1967. From there, Len earned his Bachelors of Science degree from John Carroll University in 1971 and later earned his Masters in School Administration from John Carroll in 1980.
Initially after graduating from John Carroll, Len taught for the 1971-72 school year at his alma mater, St. Josephat. He then showed his versatility by working at two local television stations as an engineer from 1972-1973. However, Len’s passion was, and is, education. He secured a teaching position with the Berea City School District and taught at all levels, elementary, middle, and high school, for 35 years.
In addition to his regular teaching responsibilities, Len became the Director of Berea’s highly regarded Camp Mi-Bro-Be Outdoor Education Program in 1992. Berea School District alums surveyed often sight their Camp-Mi-Bro-Be experience as a sixth grader attending and/or as a high school aged counselor, as a highlight of their school experience, largely because of Len’s leadership directing the program. Len is still the Director of Camp Mi-Bro-Be, 10 years after his retirement as a teacher.
In addition, Len became the Director of the Berea City School District’s Planetarium, located in Berea-Midpark Middle School (formerly Midpark High School). Len has taught classes and maintained the unique astronomy based site since 1997, and again, is still the Director 10 years after his retirement as a teacher.
As if that were not enough, Len has spent his Summers satisfying his love for the environment by working with Oglebay Institute’s Junior Mountain Nature Camp in West Virginia since 1976 as the Counselor in Training Director. Since 2007, Len added working with Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Nature Camp as the Astronomy Instructor and Campfire Leader, showing off his skills as a singer/song writer/ and guitar player. He has also visited one of the world’s wonders of nature, the one and only Grand Canyon, numerous times over the years and has participated in no less than eight hikes to the bottom where his clear view of the stars was spectacular.
Recently, Len was named President of the Cleveland Astronomical Society in 2017, a position he still holds, and indicates the respect he holds as an Astronomer. Finally, in the Spring of 2019, Len was honored by being named to the Berea City School District Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.