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Our Dedicated Teachers

OHDELA teachers are devoted to helping your child succeed and prepare for a successful academic future.

OHDELA teachers believe that each student deserves a learning experience that best suits their personal learning style and needs as well as the resources needed to excel. They work to build a relationship with each student and to partner with parents, who play a guided and active role in the educational process.

OHDELA faculty and staff believe in their students.

Every OHDELA student is matched with an academic advisor who monitors attendance and academic progress while establishing goals with both student and parents. They will also assist with post-graduation planning. During the school year, students participate in live class sessions taught by our highly qualified, state-licensed teachers, who make it a top priority to identify each student’s learning style. After recognizing individual student strengths and weaknesses, OHDELA teachers work to equip students with resources unique to their needs.

Our teachers and staff members also work directly with families and students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs). OHDELA’s Intervention Specialists work with families to ensure that the goals, objectives, and accommodations of IEPs are met and appropriate course selections are made.

OHDELA teachers partner with OHDELA parents.

In the OHDELA virtual learning environment, it is essential for parents to be present in their student’s daily routine, assisting with reviewing their child’s work, helping them set and reach goals and ensuring that their student is adequately communicating with the teacher. One of the perks of having your child at home is that parents have control over the materials to which their child is exposed; however, a challenge of traditional homeschooling is that parents are left to navigate learning standards and lesson plans without guidance. At OHDELA, our teachers partner with parents, giving them the control they want over their child’s education while leading them through the state educational requirements. Our teachers provide each student’s parents with teaching tips they can use to help guide their children through schoolwork subjects, questions and assignments and maintain communication with families throughout their student’s time at OHDELA.

Meet our dedicated teachers

Elementary School


Kristin Zink

I am an Intervention Specialist for Elementary grades at OHDELA. In my spare time I enjoy the beach, reading and hanging out with my family. I am excited to begin my first year with OHDELA ..... It's going to be a great year!!

Amy Hostetler

I am the Intervention Specialist for grades K-3. I enjoy being active in my children lives and their sports. I enjoy bike rides and hiking. I like teaching at OHDELA because of the great experience that we as a group can provide for our students with making their learning a success. Such as being able to teach the child from their home environment, sharing virtual field trips, games, and many other fun learning activities we do with our students.

Bryan Pickering

I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because the staff and administration are supportive. It is my passion to serve students with special needs while working as an Intervention Specialist. Working at the elementary level is an area that I enjoy. In my spare time I coach girls/boys basketball and play basketball. I like to exercise, attend concerts, go out to eat, go to the movies, and attend Spring or Summer vacation. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Courtney Gant

Teaching online has been an exciting challenge and I enjoy being a part of the OHDELA team. I love being able to use all kinds of new tools to make learning fun! In my spare time, I like to read, sing, drink lots of coffee, and spend time with my family.

Shelby Persinger

My name is Ms. Persinger and I am a K-5 Title teacher. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with family and friends. This is my first full year teaching at OHDELA but I did get to work with some awesome students in the spring as a test prep tutor. I really enjoy getting to work with all of the amazing staff, families, and students from all over Ohio!

Christa Capper

After several years teaching Junior High, I am now at OHDELA teaching 4th and 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. When I am not at school, I like to spend my time relaxing and reading. I love teaching at OHDELA because the technology allows us to try new things and I get to teach students all over the state of Ohio!

Lori Wadlington

I am Mrs. Wadlington and I teach first grade. I have been with OHDELA for over a year and can't imagine teaching anywhere else! I graduated from Marshall University and received my Masters of Education from Kent State University. My goal is for my students to wake up excited to come to "our" classroom to see what adventures are in store for the day!

Shawn Martin

Right out of college, I stumbled upon OHDELA and online teaching, it's the best decision I've made as an adult. I love being able to teach students from a distance, whether they live in Akron, Columbus or Dayton. There aren't real "discipline issues" in our environment, I get to be goofy, and the students get to enjoy school from the comfort and safety of their home without being bullied.

Kristin Kauker

Hello! I am the 2nd grade teacher here at OHDELA. I have been teaching for 11 years and have been at OHDELA for 6 years. I have lived in Akron for 11 years with my husband and two daughters (ages 6 & 3). We also have 2 cats and a puppy. Some of my hobbies are volleyball, softball, bike riding, and just hanging out with friends and family. I love teaching at OHDELA because our students come from so many different areas and walks of life. I love the diversity we have in our classrooms!

Kayla Gordon

My name is Mrs. Gordon and this is my 3rd year teaching Kindergarten at OHDELA. I have a 6 year old daughter named Jocelyn and have lived in Akron for 9 years. I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and like to listen to country music. I like teaching at OHDELA because of the flexibility the students have to be able to work from their own home and at their own pace.

Constance Fraley

I wanted a new teaching experience. After being in a classroom for over 15 years, I wanted a change.

Miranda Brooks

This will be my 13th year teaching and 6th year here at OHDELA. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and love my Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. My husband, son and I enjoy camping and traveling to see family. Teaching in the online environment has been such a wonderful experience for me. I have the opportunity to reach students with a variety of backgrounds across the state using some of the latest technology and teaching tools; it's truly something new everyday!

Middle School


Thomas Barnes

I have been a football and track coach for the past 19 years. Being a student in various online classrooms, I feel the concept of online education gives teachers another platform to differentiate instruction that can positively impact each learning style. Online education not only teaches basic academia, but instills qualities of time management, responsibility, and accountability. All skills and traits that students will carry with them past their time at OHDELA.

Mikyraa Kinnard

I am an Intervention Specialists with the Middle School. This is my second year with OHDELA and my third year of teaching Intervention. Some of favorite times are when I am with my nieces and I do talk about them all the time. I enjoy reading, travel, music and a big comic book fan ( Marvel is the best!). I came to OHDELA with no expectations and truly found a home here. The team and the environment have allowed me to grow and to flourish as an educator and I am grateful for that.

Laura Evangelista

I am a K-12 Intervention Specialist. This is my first year doing online and I'm excited for a new challenge! I love teaching, good books, good food, good music, and good people!

John Weigand

I am a retired chef and a new teacher, I teach grade 7 through 12 mathematics. My hobbies are broad, I enjoy gaming, table top, board games, and computer. I am a long time Martial artist of 29 years, and assist with the Boy Scouts of America. The reasons I teach for OHDELA are as follows. OHDELA offers me the ability to reach a wide variety of students from all across Ohio, it allows me to work with cutting edge technology and educational techniques.

Joanie Hawkins

I am a Special Education 6th grade teacher who co-teaches with the Math and ELA teachers. Gardening and reading are my favorite hobbies. I chose to work in the online classroom because I believe that technology is our future and I wanted to have a part in making OHDELA a premier online learning opportunity.

Kristen Swiner

I am the seventh grade Language Arts teacher. I love being able to provide my students the opportunity to take charge of their learning. My students always brighten my day so I hope to provide them with the same influence! I like fostering dogs from the Cleveland APL, so if you're lucky - you might see one of these adoptable pooches on webcam!

Daniel Rose

"This is my third year at OHDELA and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience as an online instructor. Teaching through a virtual platform allows me to use my passion for teaching, creativity and love of technology to engage students in a variety of ways. The staff and students at OHDELA have encouraged and influenced a multitude of innovative methods. Complementing the curriculum with music, image and video fosters an energy inside the classroom. Outside of teaching, I enjoy composing music, digital recording, and reading."

Julie Norman

I teach 8th grade math and this will be my 7th year at Ohdela. I really enjoy working in an online setting because I am constantly challenged to find new and creative ways to help my students. When I am not working I love to do activities with my kids and home improvement projects.

Brittany Martin

I teach 8th grade SS and I am the Lead Middle School Teacher. I enjoy introducing my son to the wonderful world of sports and attending as many baseball games as possible each summer. I chose to work in the online classroom because I believe that technology is our future, and I wanted to have a part in making OHDELA a premier online learning opportunity.

Kris Lisk

"I teach 7th grade science and do my best to use a lot of imagination in making connections with my students. I like online teaching because it allows me to create content that is colorful, fun and connected to real life.
My hobbies are gardening, bird watching, and crafting in my barn using nature's gifts of twigs, lichens, moss, vines and dried florals. "

Kitt Kurtz

Online teaching allows for an opportunity to work with students all across the state of Ohio, utilizing the wealth of current technology to promote academic success.

Goran Kozjak

As an 8th grade science teacher, I consider it a privilege to utilize 21st century tools to inspire my students in thinking critically and creatively. The wonders of our world and the universe beyond are unveiled through the process of scientific discovery. As Albert Einstein once stated "It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility."

Abbi Grau

I have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Middle Childhood Education. I am certified in Social Studies and Language Arts. I enjoy teaching at Ohdela because I believe that technology is the future of education. I am passionate about history and teaching students to realize their potential, both as students and as members of society.

Kelly Fuhrmann

I chose online teaching because I believe that it is a fresh approach to education. It is leading the way to a new way of learning and meeting our students where they are. Technology is the way of the present and future, so we must continue to make our education current if our students are to be successful in their career fields.

Jennifer Dewald

I teach 8th grade English Language Arts. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two daughters. We love to go on bike rides, travel, watch movies, read books, and create Lego or Play-Doh masterpieces. I love teaching at OHDELA because it combines my love of teaching/learning with the development of new skills in technology as we learn more about the the world around us.

High School


Devon Bills

I am a high school intervention specialist. I like teaching at OHDELA because it provides an individualized education in the comfort of one's home, and I greatly enjoy meeting and working with my students, their families, and my colleagues. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and running.

Layla Dibe-Diaz

I will be teaching the ESS high school classes. I like teaching at OHDELA because I feel that instruction is individualized to meet each students' needs.. My hobbies are hiking, karaoke, and gardening.

Wendy DiAlesandro

As an Intervention Specialist, I have almost 20 years of experience working with high school students who have various kinds of learning challenges. Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, cooking, baking, gardening, and home canning. Working at OHDELA enables me to dive into 21st century technology with the support of a wonderful group of people.

Tamarickia Bloomfield

I am a High School Intervention Specialist! I am eager to help each student achieve their goals. I am a huge sports fan.

Phil Aliberti

I teach HS Social Studies for OHDELA and love the educational model here. My teaching experience includes both traditional and online formats so I am well aware of the many benefits offered here. Students benefit from the flexibility that online instruction allows plus becoming more confident and capable with today’s technology. My hobbies are many and my family and I are up for just about anything. However playing chess and yelling at the TV during football season rank near the top.

Bethany Cook

Hi! I am a HS Science (Chemistry) teacher here at OHDELA! This is my second year at OHDELA. It’s amazing how the technology in use allows students and teachers to really connect in the online learning environment! Outside of OHDELA I enjoy reading books and spending time with my pets!

Brian Mears

"I've been teaching for the last 17 years. This is my 12th year here at OHDELA and I teach both physics and environmental science. Outside of work I enjoy cooking and playing tennis. What I like about working at OHDELA is that I am able to learn new technologies and teach students from all walks of life in Ohio."

Juliet Krapf

I am the high school art teacher here at OHDELA! I enjoy working with my students to create fun artwork and making an exciting learning environment in my classroom. In my spare time I am playing with my new puppy, Remington!

Frederic Mindreau

"My name is Mr. Mindreau and I teach Spanish to grades 9th - 12th, although I speak English, Dutch, French, and German too! In my free time I play the classical guitar, learn new languages, travel, hike on the Appalachian Trail, and spend time with my wife and family. I love teaching at OHDELA because my students are hard working and teaching in an online learning environment allows my students to experience Spanish culture and language at their fingertips. "

Tayler Willey

I am Mr. Willey, the 9th grade physical science teacher. This is my second year with OHDELA. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA mostly for being able to teach students that otherwise, I would not be able to meet. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with family and going to the park with my dog.

Priscilla Wan

Hello! I am the Biology and Anatomy & Physiology Teacher here at OHDELA. I enjoy playing guitar and piano at church and reading the news. I also enjoy traveling for missions and various service projects. I like teaching at OHDELA because this school is pioneering the future of education and the most talented and caring staff in Ohio

Lindsay Valentine

Welcome everyone! This year I will be teaching grades 9-12 in the Social Studies courses of Economics and Financial Literacy, Psychology, and Sociology. This is going on my third year teaching at OHDELA. I enjoy gardening and watching movies. OHDELA is a great place to teach and learn! Good luck this year!

Megan Riggers

Hello! I'm Mrs. Riggers and I teach 10th grade English and Communications. My hobbies include reading, taking my two crazy golden-doodles to the dog park, spending time with my family, and taking classes for my Master's in Educational Learning, Design, & Technology. I love teaching at OHDELA because I believe that online learning is the future of education!

Mike Pratt

Hello students and parents! I'm Mr. Pratt and I teach high school social studies, specifically Modern World History and Foundations of Business and Entrepreneurship. My hobbies include creative writing and following Liverpool FC in the English Premier League, and I cherish spending time with my wife and son. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because it allows me to connect with students in a fun and dynamic way, and to teach them the importance of social studies in an ever changing world. Fun fact about me: I have traveled to ten countries outside the US, nine of which are in Europe - the favorite of those being Germany!

Diana Newlon

I believe that online schools are the future of education. Because of issues like bullying and violence in brick and mortar schools, there will be more and more families wanting a safe environment for their children to learn. What place could be safer than their own home. Online schools will bring education to where they are. A young girl spoke at OHDELA's first graduation and she solidified, in my heart and mind, that I made the right decision when joining an online school. She told us that due to the violence in her neighborhood she was afraid to go to school and had given up on ever being able to graduate. She told us (in tears) that OHDELA changed all of that and made her dream of graduating come true.

Tara Michels

I have taught high school Math at OHDELA for the past 10 years. I love finding new and creative ways to teach math. My favorite part of teaching online is meeting students from all over Ohio.

Ben McRill

I teach Modern U.S. History in the High School. Some of my favorite things to do are biking, hiking, reading, and wrestling with my 3 boys. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I love the freedom and flexibility we have as well as the warm atmosphere we experience with all of our students and their families.

Leena Malik

I joined OHDELA 3 years ago after teaching at a college and high school level for 10 years and I have loved every minute of it. Being in an online classroom can be fun and challenging at the same time. At OHDELA, I especially enjoy the students that we get in our classrooms as they bring a lot of culture to the group and make learning interesting for everyone. I look forward to another amazing year at OHDELA.

Steven Frecka

I am one of the High School Math teacher along with teaching a computer class. Outside of teaching I like messing with computers and hanging out with my nephew. I like teaching at OHDELA because it merges my love of computers with my love of teaching.

Steven Fiebig

I chose online education because of the flexibility that it offers teachers and students. We all lead very busy lives, and sometimes need to adjust. The great thing about the school that you go to is that you can do it anywhere there is a WI-fi connection!

Brooke Barickman

I have taught at OHDELA for the past 10 years and I currently teach 10th grade geometry. In my spare time I enjoy downhill skiing and spending time with my friends and family. I chose online teaching because I love technology and learning new things. I enjoy working with students and am passionate about mathematics.

Lori Davis

Why I like teaching at OHDELA: I chose online teaching because I have a passion for teaching students and helping them achieve their goals. At OHDELA, each student has a story, and I can work with them to achieve their goals, even after other options may not have worked. Online education is preparing our students for so many technology-based opportunities in future education and future careers.

Kristina Cordova

My name is Kristina Cordova and this is my 3rd year teaching English 1 and Creative Writing at Ohdela. I have been teaching ELA full-time for 14 years and I absolutely love it! I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to read and write every day and it is wonderful to be able to share that joy with my students. Where I live, we have beautiful hiking trails on which I walk my dogs and ride my horse in my free time.

Billie Chesser

My name is Billie Chesser, I teach 9th grade Algebra. I love to rescue animals, volunteer at the local animal shelter on my free time, and enjoy going to the gym. I love teaching at Ohdela because it is a challenge, each day is different, and I love helping students learn and become productive citizens of tomorrow!

Maura Buckalew

My name is Maura Buckalew and I teach English 3 and Career Connections 2. I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful kids and we love the outdoors, especially being on the Mad River near our home. I've been with OHDELA for four years now and I love learning and using new technology tools and making learning fun and exciting for students.