CMSD Customer Experience Office
"People will forget what you did or what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou
Connect with the Customer Experience Team
The Customer Experience office oversees and supports vital service related functions within District, while managing the customer experiences that are important to the culture of the organization.
Shirrell R. Greene, MA, Director of Customer Experience
Email | Office: 216.838.0028
Kimberly Eddie, Welcome Center Ambassador / Executive Secretary
Email | Office: 216.838.0429
Ron Kisner, Ombudsman Manager
Email | Office: 216.838.0348
Carmen Colon, Specialist
Email | Office: 216.838.0347
Communicate with H.E.A.R.T. Refresher
Communicate with H.E.A.R.T.
Search this site for tips, testimonials, anecdotes and updates from Communicate with H.E.A.R.T, the proven customer experience model being taught across the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Adopted from the Cleveland Clinic, Communicate with H.E.A.R.T is aligned with The Cleveland Plan goal of delivering a measured customer satisfaction program for families and employees. Communicate with Heart breaks down into two essential components: S.T.A.R.T. with Heart (Smile, Tell your name and role, Rapport and relationship building, and Thank) and Respond with H.E.A.R.T (Hear, Empathize, Apologize, Respond, and Thank). S.T.A.R.T. is the upfront customer engagement strategy, and Respond is utilized if and when a service correction is required. As CEO Eric Gordon says, Communicate with H.E.A.R.T gives the District “a language to have a shared way of behaving.”
Launched on Valentine’s Day 2014, Communicate with H.E.A.R.T training has included all employees in the 1111 Administration Building, more than 30 departments, and 70 or more schools. Cultural change occurs on an educator to educator basis. The goal is to train every educator (employee) in Heart in striving towards consistently delivering an excellent customer experience every day to every customer.
S.T.A.R.T. with Heart®
Upfront Customer Experience Model
S mile and greet warmlyT ell your name, role and what to expectA ctive listening and assistR apport and relationship buildingT hank the person
Respond with H.E.A.R.T.
Experience Recovery Model
H earE mphatizeA pologizeR espondT hank the person
Note: S.T.A.R.T. does not have be be in order. However H.E.A.R.T. should always be communicated in order.
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