Elizabeth (Beth) Hankins began pursuing her PhD in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 2010. She has a B.Mus. Ed from the Oberlin Conservatory and a M.A.Ed from Baldwin Wallace College. She began teaching in the Lakewood City Schools in 1990. During that time she has taught beginning strings, middle school orchestra and high school orchestra. She currently directs the Lakewood High School Chamber Orchestra, The Lakewood High School Symphony Orchestra, The Lakewood High School String Orchestra, The Lakewood Project (an innovative rock orchestra) and teaches a high school music history class. During 2002-2003 school year, she was named the American String Teacher of the Year for the State of Ohio. In 2013, Beth received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award (one of 50 teachers in the country) as well as the Oberlin Conservatory Distinguished Alum award in Music Education.
The Lakewood High School orchestras consistently participate in the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event receiving Superior ratings. She is also an Adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble as well as Large Group.