Our Dedicated Teachers

OHDELA teachers are devoted to helping your child succeed in K-12 online school and preparing them 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 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.

Hear from some of our Ohio certified, licensed and credentialed teachers by simply selecting their image

Elementary School

Stephanie Shope

I teach 4th grade Math and Science. My hobbies include reading and researching about politics. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because it allows me to connect to students in a more one- on- one basis in small group settings, which I could not do as a teacher in the public school setting.

Melissa Moore

Hello there! My name is Melissa Moore and I am one of the speech language pathologists. I work with students in all grades, from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade! I went to Miami University in Ohio for undergraduate and the University of Cincinnati for graduate school. I love to read, listen to Taylor Swift, and play with my dog, Silas. I like teaching at OHDELA because I get to work with a wide range of students!

Teri Eckman-Coup

Hello and welcome to OHDELA! I am a 2nd-grade intervention specialist and I love seeing my students grow in the learning everyday. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling to amusement parks, museums, and zoos. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I get to meet students from all over Ohio while providing them with a fun, flexible, and interactive learning experience. It is a great experience to see them open up and be excited about learning. I hope you have a wonderful school year and thank you for choosing OHDELA!

amy bonhaus

I am a 4th grade Science and Math teacher for OHDELA. I graduated from University of Cincinnati in Early Childhood Education PreK-5th. I really enjoy being outside; hiking, biking, swimming and boating at Lake Cumberland. I am excited to have an opportunity to teach online especially in the safe and healthy environment of my own home. I hope to bring a positive zeal of excitement to your online learning experience.

Jani Cheek

I am a 5th grade ELA and SS teacher at OHDELA this year. I have also taught 4th, 6th, and 7th grade in other schools. When I am not teaching, I like to ride in my convertible, go to the beach with my husband, take care of my flower garden, go to church, hangout with my family, and ride roller coasters. I like teaching at OHDELA because it allows me a change to teach online and meet super great students and staff.

Jeremy Pytel

My name is Jeremy Pytel and I am an art teacher at OHDELA. I've been teaching art for the last 9 years from kindergarten through middle school, this is my first year teaching art online. I love creating art through painting, drawing and sculpture, my favorite mediums are acrylic and watercolor paints. Outside of art, I love the Cleveland Browns, playing videogames and hiking through parks with my golden retriever. My wife and I became parents this past April to our son, Jack.

Jennifer Walden

Mrs. Walden and her husband, Mike, reside on a small hobby farm near Cincinnati where they raise a small herd of dairy goats and a vegetable garden. She is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati and went on to earn her master's degree in educational technology and education specialist degree in literacy from Walden University. She is a proud mom of four! Forrest is a literature/photography major at Northern Kentucky University. Seth is a mechanic/welder living in Idaho. Savannah is a neuroscience/psychology major at the University of Cincinnati. Shay is in a nursing program in Dayton. They welcomed their first Grandbaby, Aspen Jane, in 2020! Mrs. Walden is thrilled to join OHDELA. “I received two degrees online myself, so I understand the importance of a quality education combined with the flexibility to work at my own pace.” Her hobbies include reading, painting, and traveling.

Kaitlyn Taguiam

My name is Kaitlyn Taguiam and I am a Kindergarten teacher at OHDELA. This is my first year working at an online school! I enjoy working at OHDELA because I like having a more flexible schedule and working from the safety and comfort of my home. Outside of work, I love going on walks with my new cockapoo puppy, Lucy! I also love spending time with my family and friends on the weekends!

Margaret Griffith

This is my first year at OHDELA and I absolutely love it. I used to teach high school kids in person with behavioral disorders and while I miss those kids, this opportunity has given me so much opportunity for professional growth.. Not to mention, more kids to love teaching! I enjoy teaching/working in my comfy pants while snuggling with my sphynx cat and taking lunch with my two little girls. In my free time, you'll usually find me outside if the weather is nice. Otherwise I have been really enjoying playing Beatsaber with my husband. I've never been able to work from home like this and it's an incredible experience so far!

Marcella Gallmeyer

Hello! My name is Marcella Gallmeyer (Mrs. G) and I am currently a 3rd grade Intervention Specialist at OHDELA. We recently relocated to Ohio from Colorado and couldn't be happier to return home to the midwest. Since starting with OHDELA, I have come to love getting to know my students and families. I sincerely enjoy working with my students and teaching using the variety of online systems and resources to make sure each student gets what he or she needs. When I am not teaching, I spend my time swimming, doing yoga, reading, fishing, crafting, snuggling with our two bunny rabbits (Latte and Nugget), or spending quality time with my husband Tom and family.

Andrea Houck

Hello! My name is Ms. Andrea Houck and I’m a 3rd grade teacher here at OHDELA. I love teaching and getting to know each individual student. The best part of teaching is seeing that “lightbulb” moment when they understand a lesson! In my free time I love spending time with my family and pets, going to concerts, doing escape rooms, and watching hockey. If you have any questions about OHDELA, feel free to reach out! Thanks!

Brittany Thompson

My name is Brittany Thompson and I am a 5th grade intervention specialist. In my spare time I enjoy coaching basketball and softball, I like to read, spend time with my family, and travel. I love teaching at OHDELA because I enjoy helping students and their families excel in an online learning environment.

Patricia Armstrong

Personal: I have been married for 22 years in November to Joe Armstrong. We have 3 kids: Franklin 20 yrs. old, Josephine 19 yrs. old, and Fredrick 15 yrs old. We now have 2 dogs and both are black labs: Rosie 9 yrs. old, and our new rescue dog is Max 1 yr old.
Career: I graduated from Ashland University with my Bachelor's. I went to Baldwin Wallace for my Master's degree. I also have complete many more hours at some other colleges in between. I started substituting in 1997 in Brunswick, Medina and Columbia Local schools. Then I did some long-term substituting jobs in Brunswick which landed me another long-term job that lasted all year teaching 1st grade. I went to Lewis Little Folks at NASA to teach Kindergarten. The following year I began a 6 year adventure in Berea City Schools in Title I where I serviced K-5 in reading, writing, and math. Next, I started teaching 3rd grade, then moved to team teaching 2nd grade and the 2 of us moved up to 3rd grade together the following 3 years. I then once again moved rooms, grade levels, and partners to 4th grade and spent 6 years teaching Reading and Social Studies. It was time to move rooms, grade level and teams again....back to 3rd grade (my favorite grade level). The following year I was supposed to teach first grade, and once again move rooms, but I kind of needed a real change, so I moved to middle school. I know what was I thinking...I don't know! I taught 7th grade science for 1.5 years. I left at the end of December to help take care of my parents. Now I am here at OHDELA and I can tell you....I love teaching! I love working with kids and learning from them as well teaching them. I do miss interacting with them in the classroom, but no one is really interacting in the classroom right now. This is a new adventure for me and I am really enjoy it. The staff are so nice and helpful. The parents I have talked to are so very nice and patient. The students have been really patient and helpful! I am enjoying OHDELA and my experience here. The program is great and has a lot to offer.

Christina Kresky

I am an elementary intervention specialist. I love to read books. I enjoy school and being a student myself. My hobbies include kickboxing, cycling, walking my dogs, and being with my family. I love being a special education teacher at OHDELA. I love that I am able to individualize student's learning in the online setting. We all learn differently and need education tailored to our own learning styles. That is what I do here at OHDELA and I take pride in my work everyday.

Sarah Dick

This is my second year at OHDELA and I love it! I am the English as a Second Language teacher for grades K-12. I graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and International Studies, with the intention of traveling the world. I traveled for a short time, teaching English as a Foreign Language while I did so. I love this field because I get the opportunity to meet others from all over the world and make a difference in their lives. I dig learning about different cultures so please feel free to tell me all about the culture that makes YOU who you are! I am currently back in school at Ohio Dominican University and in my free time enjoy running, reading, traveling, and cooking. I am a plant lover and love spending time out in nature. I also appreciate the time I get to spend with my family and friends.

Kristen Pollard

I teach Title 1 Math for grades 4th and 5th. This is my first year working at OHDELA and I am so excited to be here! I have taught online for 2 years and a total of 5 years overall. I am married to my wonderful husband Louis and we have 3 children. When I am not teaching, I enjoy shopping, watching movies, and traveling. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students and helping them reach their academic goals!

Stephanie Patrick

I am an elementary academic coach (grades K-5). I love the families and staff here at OHDELA. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have 3 children of my own. I have taught grades kindergarten through grade 8. I find joys at all grade levels with our students. Each day at OHDELA I meet a student, teacher, or family member that AMAZES me! OHDLEA is a supporting environment and we all want the best for the students.

Heather Morris

This is my first year teaching at OHDELA as a math and science 5th grade teacher. This is my fifteenth year teaching online and my seventeenth year teaching overall. I am married to my wonderful husband Troy and I have two children. I have a daughter named Kaylee that is a freshman in high school and a son named Connor that is in sixth grade. When I am not teaching we are a very busy family. Both of my kids play sports so we are either with Connor on the court playing basketball or with Kaylee at the ball field playing softball. We love to go on vacation. Our favorite vacation spot is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I am so excited for this year at OHDELA! I love getting to know my kids and helping them to grow and be successful students!! We are going to have a fun, exciting and educational year!

Barbara Yerian

I am a kindergarten teacher at OHDELA this year. I have been teaching for 12 years, 4 1/2 of those were in an online setting. I love teaching at OHDELA because the people that I work with are very kind and helpful. When I am not teaching, I enjoy swimming, reading, running, working out and knitting. I also enjoy spending time watching my children play soccer and baseball.

Melissa Stillwell

I am excited to be here at OHDELA working with students and families! I have been a part of online education for 14 years and I love teaching in this learning platform. As an Intervention Specialist for grades 9-12, I look forward to getting to know my students and helping them achieve academic growth and success in the online learning environment. In my spare time, I love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy crafting, traveling, shopping, and watching movies.

Julie Skretta Pelini

I am an intervention specialist and new to teaching online. I have taught early childhood through high school students in the past and loved every minute of it! I am excited for this new experience and working with the wonderful students and staff at OHDELA! When I'm not teaching, I'm busy with family activities. I have a teenage son and daughter and we spend a lot of time at sporting events. We also have two cute dogs we like to take on walks!

Holly Harriman

I teach 5th grade ELA/SS here at OHDELA. This year is my 16th year working as an online educator with experience in all 4 core subjects in grades 3, 4, and 5. In my spare time I live to spend time with my family especially watching my daughter march in the marching band and playing in the concert band. I love attending truck pulls and have a love for watching semis in those pulls. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I get to teach with a great partner and getting to do what I love while still being home!

Tina Furano

I am an eighth grade English teacher here at OHDELA. I have Master's degree in English. I am married with two stepsons. I enjoy cooking, reading, taking pictures, and spending time with my family. I am an animal lover and have three rescued pets. This is my first year at OHDELA and I am here because I enjoy teaching, especially in the online setting. I enjoy working with junior high and high school students. I find them challenging and engaging.

Aimee Dieffenbacher

I teach High School Math and Science, I am a vocalist/actress and I enjoy performing in local productions. I teach private voice lessons and pageant coach. I am a member of the Geneva Grape Jamboree committee. I assist with local pageants and travel with my daughter and the Geneva Grapettes throughout Ohio advertising for the Geneva Grape Jamboree. With the assistance of my two children I maintain our Little Free Library located in Geneva. I enjoy working at OHDELA because it is a positive environment. When I am in need of assistance, someone is always willing to help. I feel that I am not alone, that I am part of a much larger community.

Christina Callahan

I am the 3rd grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. This is my fifth year teaching and my third with 3rd grade. I enjoy teaching online because you get to reach those students who needed a new way to be successful in school. I love hearing how the students have changed for the better since coming to an online environment.

Heather Cable

I teach 8th grade Social Studies at OHDELA. This is my first year teaching here, although I taught in another online school for the past 8 years. I got married in 2017 and inherited 3 step-daughters from my husband. They are a far cry from my experience of having a nephew who I have raised since he was a baby! So, between us, we have 4 children, ages 8, 10, 12, and 13. They keep us very busy! I do enjoy watching movies, traveling, and being with my extended family. My mom still hosts Sunday dinner and we usually have around 20-25 people every week! I am enjoying my time at OHDELA and love working with my students 1-on-1! I love to hear their excitement when they reach that "a-ha" moment!

Heather Blazina

It is an honor to be a 2nd Grade Title 1 teacher at OHDELA with the best students and families in Ohio. I have experience teaching in traditional elementary school as well as mentoring and supervising students studying to be teachers in College. My passion is education and I am so grateful to be a part of yours! I have a Master's Degree in Education and I enjoy creating a rapport with my students and their families. I am married with three children and I enjoy reading, traveling, and shopping. I look forward to helping you grow and succeed as you achieve your learning goals.

Susan Smith

I was hired in August, and I am looking forward to learning all about OHDELA along with you! I have 20 years of teaching experience. For 17 of those years, I have taught in an online environment. I finished my Master’s degree in Administration in 2008 at Franciscan University. I completed the coursework for a Principal’s certificate also at Franciscan University. Even though I can become a principal, I have decided that I love my job working with students! I am an animal lover as you will find out! Going to zoos and aquariums is my favorite pastime. Everywhere I go, I drag my friends along to see animals. I have 3 cats and a dog. They rule my house, but as long as they are happy, they do not torture me!

Sharon Woodward

My name is Sharon Woodward and I will be teaching Elementary Title Reading. I have over twenty five years of experience with fourteen of those teaching in the online environment. In my spare time I enjoy running, kayaking and biking. I love giving my students a safe and caring place to learn while having the support of an amazing team.

Rudy Studd

I have been teaching for close to twenty years, and I love teaching Second Grade! I really enjoy getting to know all my students. I try to make every lesson fun and engaging! My wife and I enjoy practicing yoga together with our six kids. I usually spend my Fall weekends officiating Division I college football games. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Julia Loutzenhiser

This is my 17th year in education now. I taught in a traditional brick and mortar school for 10 years prior to moving to online education. This is my first year at OHDELA, and I teach 3rd grade, Title 1 Intervention. I have a real passion for teaching online because it gives students a choice in the school they attend, and it meets so many different needs. I also love teaching my little ones, knowing that they are growing academically in a safe and nurturing environment, their home. I’m excited to get to work with you this year!

Jenna Graham

I am the 5th Grade Math and Science teacher. I enjoy sports, photography, and making memories with friends and family. In addition, I go exploring in Cuyahoga Falls, the city I now call home, after living in a small rural town on the other side of Ohio for my whole life. This is my first year at OHDELA, and it is filled with so many rewarding experiences. It is awesome working with students who take ownership in their learning as well as providing a support system to students. I look forward to watching students grow as they help me grow and become an even better teacher!

Colleen Love

I teach 3rd grade ELA and Social Studies. Although I am new this year to OHDELA, this is my tenth year teaching elementary kiddos! I have taught primary and intermediate grades and have worked with both general and special education student populations. I have teaching experience in brick and mortar schools, as well as virtual schools. I love spending time with my family, cheering for the Cleveland Cavaliers, reading, anything Harry Potter, and fostering animals through local rescue groups in Northeast Ohio. I am super excited to be a part of the OHDELA family!

Christina Longfellow

I teach 4th grade math and science. I have been teaching for fourteen years, but this is my first year with OHDELA. I'm very excited to work with OHDELA students and families. When I'm not teaching, I keep very busy with my family. My husband and I just moved back to south-eastern Ohio where we grew up. My daughter, Audrey, is in 6th grade and busy playing trumpet in the band. My son, Zachary, is in 3rd grade and busy with piano lessons and soccer.

Berentha Crowder

I am a 2004 graduate from Notre Dame College of Ohio with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and 2010 graduate from The University of Akron with a Master's Degree in Education. I have been teaching for 11 years (9 years in the brick-and-mortar, and 2 years online) as an Intervention Specialist. I am married to my wonderful husband for 22 years, and we have two children and two grandchildren. I enjoy Bible Journaling, and I love to try out new recipes. Since teaching at OHDELA, I have encountered wonderful students with the attitude of a Growth Mindset. Students believe that they can and they will be successful. I enjoy working at OHDELA.

Amanda Ovelgonne

I am a 1st grade teacher at OHDELA. I have been a teacher since 2002, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. As an educator, I am given the opportunity to have a positive impact on students' lives. As an online educator, I can have a positive impact on the lives of students from all over the state of Ohio. Our students have chosen OHDELA as their school, and I feel very honored to be able to teach them. I graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. I live with my husband, 2 sons, and our dog. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and bird watching. I also enjoy my summers by attending my sons' many baseball games, visiting Lake Erie, and exploring our great state of Ohio. Go Indians, Cavs, and Browns!

Patrick Chase

Hi. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but I spent the first 21 years of this life growing up in Los Angeles, California. I have also lived in Austin, Texas; Bemidji, Minnesota, and I currently reside in Morrow, Ohio. I previously taught a combined 4th/5th grade elementary class in Madisonville, Ohio. I taught at ECOT as well. My hobbies include weight-lifting, road trips, concerts, and the Cincinnati Bengals! I have a 3 year-old-daughter and 1-year -old son (Kinley and Daniel), which is where my free time goes.

Erin Humphrey

I am an intervention specialist working with elementary school students. I have been an educator for more than twenty years, and I have been teaching online for the past fifteen years, but this is just my second year at OHDELA. I have taught students online who live all around Ohio, and I have even taught students online who live as far away as China. I am very excited about working with OHDELA students and families again this year! When I am not teaching, I enjoy doing many activities with my family. My husband and I are very busy raising our four children in the same suburb of Columbus in which we were both raised.

Heather Westrick

I am an intervention specialist here at OHDELA. I currently work in the 4th grade. This is my first full year at OHDELA. I began last February. This is my ninth year teaching online. I love teaching online because I get to meet and work with amazing students and their families from all over Ohio. It is so much fun working with the technology and seeing my students make progress using the technology. I truly believe that this is the education of the future that we are building. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching the Buckeyes, the Steelers, and the Blue Jackets/Red Wings. I also love going to musicals on stage and walking my two pups. I look forward to meeting you and working with you here in the 4th grade at OHDELA.

Gayle Siebert

I am the 4th Grade Intervention Specialist at OHDELA. I have several years of teaching students of varying abilities and grade levels. My hobbies include Feng Shui, fitness, music, quantum physics, and mindful living. I also enjoy attending concerts, sporting events, and hanging out with friends, family, and my two cats, Bobbi Rae and Shay-Shay. I love working at our eSchool because it allows me to use fun, interactive resources to present best-practice methods that activate student learning and guide students on a journey of realizing their full potential.

Amy Hostetler

I am the Intervention Specialist for the grades K-2. I work on their IEP goals. This is my 4th year here at OHDELA. I enjoy being outside with my children, hiking, swimming, taking walks, and atteending fun sporting events. I enjoy working at OHDELA because of the team work we all have in our K-3 team to help our children grow.

Shelby Persinger

I am Ms. Persinger and I teach third grade math and science. This is my third year teaching here at OHDELA and I absolutely love it! I love getting to work with students and families from all over the great state of Ohio. I also really enjoy being able to use technology to teach my favorite subjects. When I am not teaching I enjoy getting outdoors, working out, and watching the Buckeyes or Indians with family and friends.

Lori Wadlington

I teach 1st grade. I am excited to be starting my 3rd year with OHDELA and I can't imagine teaching anywhere else! A little about my background is that I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. 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!

Kayla Gordon

This is my 4th year teaching Kindergarten at OHDELA. I have a 7 year old daughter named Jocelyn, and I have lived in Akron for 10 years. I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and I 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 have been teaching Reading for 25 years, and I am very happy to be the Title 1 Reading teacher for grades K-2 at OHDELA. This is my 4th year at OHDELA, and I am looking forward to a most excellent year with all of my most fantastic families and friends.

Middle School

Sarah Alfano

I am one of the 7th Grade Social Studies teachers. I live in the Cleveland area with my husband and my dog Penny. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with friends. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I get to work with students from all over Ohio and play a role in their academic journey.

Alyssa Valentine

This is my sixth year teaching and my first year with OHDELA. I have taught fifth grade for four years and before that was in third and fourth grade. I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, as well as watching sports -especially the Cleveland Indians and Columbus Crew.

Jacob Rizer

I am a first year teacher teaching 7th grade music at OHDELA. I play piano, percussion, a bit of ukulele, and I also play video games and board games in my spare time to relax. This year I am so excited to share my love of music with students and help them learn about music in our lives.

Randy Ostendorf

Hi. I am Randy Ostendorf and I teach 7th grade Math. I enjoy spending time with my family and the outdoors. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I get to work with awesome teachers and students. I really appreciate the flexible schedule we provide for our students and small group instruction.

Anitha Ancelen

Greetings OHDELA community. I have been an online student, but this is my first experience as an online 6th grade science teacher. I have been working as a substitute teacher for 3 years. I am married and have two boys, Stevie and Dannie. I am passionate about teaching and I look forward to getting to know my students. Apart from teaching, I love to cook and I enjoy dancing.

Robin Price

Hi! My name is Robin Price and I am working with our 6th grade students with disabilities as well as the 6th grade team. My hobbies include reading and blogging, music and traveling with my family. I enjoy teaching and learning from students and look forward to providing the support necessary to help our students grow and thrive now and in the future.

Lisa Winters

I am excited to start my 18th year in the field of special education. I have taught in both the brick and mortar and online settings. I have been married for 19 years and have two daughters, a 7th grader and a 1st grader. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. I love working with a dedicated group of professionals here at OHDELA and helping 8th graders achieve their highest potential.

Lynn Ross

I come to OHDELA with over 20 years experience in special education of which 15 were spent in an online environment. Over the years, I've had the pleasure to work as an intervention specialist, instructional supervisor, and special education coordinator. As a special education coordinator, I work with teachers, students and families to implement services to provide the best educational experience possible to meet the specific needs of students. I love the individualized format we can offer in an online setting. I have 3 teenagers who keep me busy with sports and activities. I am and avid yogi and enjoy the mental and physical aspects of practicing and challenging myself daily.

Jane Roessler

I am a Title 1 Reading Teacher for 6th & 7th grades here at OHDELA. I have been teaching for 12 years, but this is my first year at OHDELA. I am so excited to be here and work with such a dedicated team of professionals who I can assure you, truly care for their students. This is my 8th year of teaching Title 1 Reading online. I believe the online environment is an excellent forum for small group work where students feel comfortable and better success can be achieved. My husband and I live in Zanesville. In my spare time, I really enjoy spending time with him, especially cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the O.U. Bobcats, and the Cincinnati Reds! We also enjoy visiting our seven daughters (who are all now living away from home), beach vacations, playing cards, and having dinner with friends. Other times, you will probably find me working in my yard and flower garden.

Sheila Ely-Sekerak

I currently hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and began my teaching career in the performing arts (K-12 Dance) and taught science in both brick and mortar and online schools in Ohio and Maryland. I have school-aged children (15 and 11) and enjoy spending time cheering them on at swim meets and trying new sports like stand-up paddle boarding. This is my first year teaching with OHDELA and I love helping my students understand and grow in science.

Cassie Dollison

I teach 7th grade Social Studies and am on a team with Ms. Graham, Mrs. Dewald, Mrs. Ely-Sekerak, and Mrs. Alton. I live in central Ohio with my husband, two sons, and dog. In my free time, I am usually at events for my kids, baking, or reading. There are a lot of things I love about teaching at OHDELA, but overall, my students are the best! Have a great year!

Cheryl Brode

I have 15 years' experience teaching middle school math with 10 of those years in an online setting. I enjoy teaching online, as one can find some of the most disciplined and self-motivated students taking charge of their own learning. When I am not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors, and I like discovering new places.

Sarah Betz

I am the 7th and 8th grade ESS Intervention Specialist. This is my 6th year teaching. It is my first year teaching for OHDELA and my first time teaching in an online setting. I am super excited about connecting with students from all over the state and getting to watch each student grow throughout the year! I enjoy cooking, exploring old buildings, and taking pictures; I use the pcitures in many of my lessons.

Paul Crumrine

I currently teach middle school Social Studies. I am originally from Wapakoneta/Lima, and I currently live in Westerville. I attended OSU and Ohio University where I received my Masters in Education. This is my 12th year teaching, my 6th year teaching online, and my first year teaching middle school! I have taught in Wapakoneta, the Columbus area, and in South Carolina. I like to work out, play Legos with my sons, watch movies, go on explorations at parks and wildlife areas with my family, visit museums and historical places, and I enjoy many types of music.

Jocelyn Harper

I am a 6th-8th grade Intervention Specialist in my 5th year teaching and my 2nd in an online setting. This is my second career, and I really enjoy seeing students grow and change over time. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my 2-year-old Sphynx cat, Pretty Wrinkles.

Dan Arman

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, I came to teach at OHDELA. I wanted to make a difference in my students' lives and share my love of literature and my experience with writing professionally. For nearly 9 years, I used to teach high school level English here at OHDELA, and now I'm back teaching 8th grade. I hold a master’s degree in English Literature & Rhetoric from Kent State University. My hobbies are bicycling, board games, and music. I started my professional career as journalist, writing news articles for a small town newspaper, and I still continue to write, though now I focus on fiction. I have published some science fiction and fantasy stories for various anthologies and even a few novels. (Don't worry, I won't make you read them for class!). I consider myself an expert on both Star Wars and the Beatles. You can challenge my knowledge on music and geek culture anytime. I currently live happily in Akron with my wife--who's also a published author-- and two cats.

Charise Kasper

I am a graduate of John Carroll University, I am married with four children. I live on a large plot of land and love to hike and garden. I also enjoy volunteering and coaching softball. I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher at OHDELA. Teaching at an online school is a dream come true! I love that my students get to learn at home and get the help and attention they need!

Betsy Alton

I am a seventh grade Intervention Specialist, and I am very excited to meet you and your students. My favorite thing to do when I am not teaching students is to attend movie premieres and spend time with my family. I have visited 29 of the 50 states and have been to 5 countries. I have been teaching for four years as an Intervention Specialist. I am married to a Chemistry teacher, and I have a daughter who is a freshman in college. I love teaching at OHDELA because I get to meet a lot of students, and I love that we can work hard to learn lots of fun things and interesting facts.

Brenda Wolniewicz

I have been teaching online for 12 years. I started working at OHDELA in January 2018. I am an Intervention Specialist for 6th and 7th grades. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I love working with students and being able to help students all over the state of Ohio. I am married, and I have two daughters. We have a horse, two dogs, and 2 rabbits. I love to horseback ride, go to our family cottage, and spend time with family in my spare time.

Ashley Johnson

I am Intervention Specialist here at OHDELA, and I am in my first full year here. I have taught online for the past 6 years and really have a knack for it. I enjoy helping my students with their needs. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with my friends and family. I am currently working with middle school 7th and 8th grades. Let's have a great year.

Robin Menon

I am the K-6 grade ESS teacher. This is my 16 year in education and my second year teaching at OHDELA. I love working at OHDELA because it allows me to meet students rom all over the State of Ohio while providing a safe environment. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time in the Metro Parks with my family, and I also love scrap booking.

Laura Evangelista

I am an 8th grade Intervention Specialist. I live in Cleveland with my husband, who is also a teacher, and our dog, Ham. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family. This is my second year at OHDELA, and I absolutely love the staff and students!

Joan Hawkins

I a currently co-teaching 6th graders in general education classes and working with my Special Education students in my Resource Room. This is my 4th year with OHDELA, and I have roughly 30+ years in my field. I retired in June 2014, but I missed teaching and students. I love to garden and make delicious home-made soups. Working at OHDELA is fabulous. The staff is super friendly and super supportive making "work smarter not harder" easy to achieve.

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'm someone who likes to challenge myself and constantly set goals. Teaching math in an online setting can be challenging at times. I enjoy teaching math here at OHDELA because I understand the challenges of math. I myself struggled with math growing up, and I like to share that with my students, so they know that if I can do it, then they can as well. I strongly believe that each and every student is capable of learning if he/she works hard.

Shawn Martin

I am the 6th grade science teacher, and I'm entering my 18th year as a teacher. For the past 15 years, I have absolutely loved being able to make a positive impact from a distance as an online teacher here at OHDELA. I am a huge sports fan, and I like to follow the Indians, Cavs and Browns. I like to stay active with basketball, tennis, and softball. Get ready to be "blinded by science" this year, 6th graders!

Brittany Martin

I teach 8th grade social studies. I enjoy introducing my son to the wonderful world of sports and attending as many baseball games as possible each summer. I also enjoy Fall activities like going to pumpkin patches and corn mazes. 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’ve been teaching science for little over 6 years. I attended The College of Wooster and University of Toledo and have taken some graduate science and business courses at Bowling Green State University. I currently hold a 7-12 Licensure.

My hobbies are gardening, candle making, bird watching, and exploring the woods to identify wild flowers, lichens, and moss species. I also like acting in local plays.
I’m married and have lots of rescued pets.

My two favorite movies are Notebook and Shawshank Redemption, the latter because I visited the prison used in the movie and the site where some filming was done near Mohican State Park.

My favorite book is by a local author who lives about 5 miles away from my home. Katrina Morgan wrote Echoes in the Walls, a story about a very old home the author rehabs and the events that took place during that project. I gave the book to one of my sisters-in-law who rehabs homes. She loved it as well. After putting my detective hat on, my husband and I successfully searched for the actual house. When my sister-in-law came to town we took her to the house. It was awesome!

Doctor Kitt Kurtz

For 43 years, I've had the great joy of teaching students of all ages, PK through college. I've worked with students from all around the world. I earned a BA & MA from John Carroll University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ashland University. I once climbed 14,00 feet to the summit of Mt. Rainier, and I completed the course of the Boston Marathon three times. I have great memories of home educating my own 6 children. My youngest son graduated from OHDELA in 2014. This is my 4th year at OHDELA, and I've loved orchestrating the Middle School Poetry Slam and the Middle School Literary Magazine at OHDELA. We have so many talented and creative students! I love great stories, so I'm passionate about encouraging students to get engaged in exploring the insights that come from great reading and the thrill that comes from self-expression in writing. My hope is to help students discover their gifts and talents and to inspire students to rise up and give their best. Students today will shape the world of the future.

Goran Kozjak

My work has included several educational 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

This year, I am teaching 6th grade social studies. 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

This is my fourth year teaching at OHDELA. I attended Hiram College, where I earned a BA in Religious Studies, and Western Governors University where I earned my Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification. My license is in Middle Childhood (grades 4-9) Mathematics. As an online teacher, I love being able to combine my love of math and technology with my own experience as an online student I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music, making Pinterest-inspired crafts, drinking good coffee, and spending time with my husband and friends. We like to eat lots of good food and play games. My favorite movies are ones that are musical like "Mamma Mia," "Frozen," "Les Miserables," and "Pitch Perfect," or movies based on books. My favorite reading series are Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Divergent. I love to read a book before I see the movie and then compare the two.

High School

Robyn Buchanan

I have been teaching for 23 years; 16 online. I am Intervention Specialist here at OHDELA. I have been an Intervention Specialist for a multitude of grades and subjects from kindergarten to 12th grade. I am currently teaching English III, English IV and Consumer Math in a Resource Room. I love being able to teach from home. I truly believe that education is not one size fits all and that each person learns differently. OHDELA allows students to work from home and at their own pace. I have only been at OHDELA a few months but I really like the friendly atmosphere and love getting to know the students. The staff here at OHDELA are very welcoming and have the students best interest at heart. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, doing improvements around the house and spending time with my family. My son is currently a senior in high school. This past year my time has been spent looking at colleges, college applications and filling out financial aid forms.

Brock Wenciker

I am excited to be a high school mathematics teacher here at OHDELA. If I were ever to write a math book it would be titled "Hokey Math" because I love making the subject accessible to students. I earned my Bachelors in Mathematics Education from Emporia State University, a Masters in English as a Second Language from Newman University and a second Masters in Educational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. Having spent 27 years in brick and mortar schools I am excited about the flexibility that OHDELA offers it's students and staff. Originally from Kansas I love BBQ and root for the Chiefs and Royals. Since our kids are all grown up my wife and I enjoy spending time with our two dogs Harley and Penfield.

Brinton Barnes
Physical Science Teacher

Hi, all! I am a lab and field geneticist and marine biologist who teaches physical science to 9th and 10th grade high school students. I have grown up within numerous laboratories and field cultures due to my brother's and sister's scientific careers. This was where I found my growing interests of adventure and the world around me was able to flourish and to constantly test me which in turn ignite what I call the "light bulb reaction." Therefore, nothing is better in all the world to watch a student undergo that "light bulb reaction." This complete cognitive recognition within a person when completely understanding and relating a scientific topic to the world around them. This "eureka" moment" is the reason why I teach. Sir Isaac Newton illustrated this moment the best when he said, "I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Kiran Sohail

This is my first year of teaching at OHDELA. I teach high school Earth Science & Chemistry. To Interact with student in a diverse & active learning environment is my passion. Teaching at OHDELA is a dream come true for me with considerate leadership & supportive teammates. Cooking & reading are my hobbies. My life is all about my children & my students. I consider myself blessed to be a part of OHDELA team.

Tina Hodge

Bonjour! I am happy to be a part of the OHDELA team! This is my 27th year teaching, and 11 of those were at ECOT. I love all things French, and am looking forward to sharing my love of the language with you! I enjoy listening to music and making wreaths in my spare time.

Jennifer Frazee

Hello! My name is Jennifer Frazee and I joined the OHDELA family in March 2020 as an Intervention Specialist teaching high school resource room science and social studies! I graduated from Walsh University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with licensure in Integrated Social Studies! I graduated from The University of Akron in 2011 with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with licensure in Mild to Moderate Special Education, grades K-12. Lastly, I obtained my Transition to Work endorsement from Kent State University in 2015! I have thirteen years of high school teaching experience. In my spare time I like to spend time with my two boys and husband. I also enjoy photography and swimming!

Beverly Beutell

I love teaching math here at OHDELA! I've been in online education for 18 years, before that I was an electrical engineer. I live in a suburb of Cleveland with my family and our two pets, Louis and Freddie. I love line dancing (I mean, I am a geometry teacher!) and you'll find me on the dance floor several nights a week.

Robb White

I am teaching English 2 this year. My wife and I have been married for 20 years, and we have a fourteen-year old son, a twelve-year old daughter, and an eleven-year old special needs daughter. I enjoy listening to music, playing board games, reading, lighthouse hunting, and hiking in National Parks to soak in the splendor of nature. I have chosen to teach online because it is the future of education, and it allows students to succeed by learning in the ways they learn best.

Rob Townsend

I have twenty years of experience in education. I have taught 7th Grade, 12th Grade, and college courses. I've also worked in administrative roles. Now, I am looking forward to working with English 1 students. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, kayaking, hiking, music, movies, languages, and learning new things. Spending time with my family is very important to me. I sing in a large community choir, and I play the organ at my church where I also direct the choir. I have been honored to host several foreign exchange students in my home, and I currently have a boy from Spain living with me. I am very excited to join the OHDELA team, and I look forward to getting to know my students and seeing them succeed.

Jenni Ownbey

I grew up in Columbus, OH. I have been married to my husband Evan for 3 years and we have a 12 week old named Lincoln. We just moved back to Columbus from Indianapolis. This will be my 8th year of teaching. I taught for 3 years at ECOT in High School Math department as an intervention specialist and then spend the last 4 years teaching in brick and mortar schools. I love to read, play golf, watch movies and put together jigsaw puzzles. I'm really looking forward to working from home again and focusing on helping students succeed. I will be a high school intervention specialist for OHDELA.

Kristen Swiner

I am a 10th grade English teacher here with OHDELA. I have been teaching here for five years now, and last year I taught 7th grade ELA. I love teaching with OHDELA because there are so many real-world tools with which we can use online to coach our students in order to prepare them for the future! I love reading, riding my motorcycle, swimming, and anything in the horror genre. I can't wait to help my students grow their reading and writing skills this year!

Bridget Canfield

This is my first year teaching for OHDELA. I teach the high school ESS class currently. I have been teaching for the past 17 years in all different grade levels. I have three boys who keep me very busy! We love to attend sporting events and just have fun!

Diane Wolfe

I am an intervention specialist at OHDELA. I am an inclusion teacher grades 9-12 in Geography and English III. I take care of and am a guardian of my baby brother, Paul, who was born with down-syndrome. I have two kids and 3 grandchildren. I love watching my grandchildren play softball, volleyball, and baseball. This summer I learned to ride a 4-wheeler. I teach at OHDELA because I want to help students be successful in school and life. I have taught online for 20 years and enjoyed every minute.

Ann Weese-Stein

I have been a teacher for 45 years. I have taught everything from Kindergarten to college. I have enjoyed it all. I am presently teaching K-4 Elementary PE and High School Health at OHDELA. I have many hobbies. I love to read, ride my bike, and design digital embroidery. I sing in choir and love all types of music. I am hoping to open a foundation this year called "Ministry by Osmosis". There are too many unhappy people in this world and I would like to involve them actively in Gospel Music. I haven't been here long, but my first impressions of OHDELA are extremely positive. I feel like a professional once again and the people are AWESOME!

Cheyenne Scorca

This is my first year at OHDELA, but I have been teaching at online schools for 8 years. I teach Algebra 1 and I really enjoy the students and amazing staff at OHDELA. Everyone is so willing to help out when you need a hand. I love the excitement of the always evolving online school environment as we continue to make OHDELA the best it can be for our students. When I am not teaching I love nature, shopping, and hanging out with my two little girls.

Theresa Childress

This is my 2nd year teaching at OHDELA. I have been teaching full-time for 16 years, and I absolutely love it! I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work with young adults every day.
I live outside of Akron now, but I just moved here a year ago. I lived on the coast of Virginia for 25+ years. I have a son who still calls Virginia home. I also have a large menagerie of animals including chickens. My husband and I enjoy working on our home and riding motorcycles in our free time.

Sean Siegert

I am one of the Modern US History teachers in the high school. This will be my fourth year teaching online, but it is my first year at OHDELA! I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because of the wonderful and unique students I get to interact with from all over Ohio, and I love getting to work with and incorporate the newest technology and teaching tools in our class sessions. Unlike many teachers who live and work near Akron, I will be joining you online from beautiful Cincinnati! When not online, I like to listen to and play music, go to concerts, and spend time with my two dogs and fiancée.

Sarah Reichard

I teach high school Biology here at OHDELA. I graduated from Xavier University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.Ed in Secondary Education and have been teaching science for several years in both brick-and-mortar and online classroom settings. I am originally from the Cleveland area. I currently live in Cincinnati with my husband and two children. When not teaching, I can usually be found playing with my kids, working out, or reading.

Sara-Lynn Bender

I am a High School Instructional Specialist. I taught 35 years in brick and mortar schools before coming to OHDELA. At OHDELA, I continue to work with students,which is what I enjoy doing. My hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, jewelry making, and glassblowing. I have been married 25 years, and I have 2 dogs.

Rachel Eastwood

I teach Art for all ages! I have been in education for 10 years, but this is my first year at OHDELA. I have chosen online teaching because I love the flexibility and the safe and secure environment online education provides. In my spare time, you will usually find me working on some house or yard project, cooking/baking for my "always hungry" teenage son, and relaxing by creating new art in my studio.

Kristina Nanosky

I am one of the academic coaches whose mission is to support the teachers and students at OHDELA My experience consists of teaching biology for 10 years in an online setting, and I previously worked as a medical technologist. It is a privilege helping students in a learning environment they feel is most suitable for them. My home life is centered around my husband, three boys, and pets. I love watching my boys play lacrosse, traveling to national parks, and spending time with family. Rico, our Boston Terrier, keeps me very busy because he loves to walk at local nature trails.

Joey Ewing-Wolanzyk

I have been in education since 1997. I am currently an intervention specialist working with students in 9th thru 12th grades. I have 5 children of my own, the oldest being 20 and my youngest is age of 9. I am busy in my community participating as a basketball coach for a team of elementary boys. I have two dogs and a cat. The one thing I love to do to relax is home improvement projects or art. It is something wonderful when I can see the end result. My specialty is working with tile, laying a tile floor or creating a tile wall, but I am up for work on any project. I am happy to be a part of the OHDELA family.

Elizabeth Mangan

I am a high school Intervention Specialist in the Extended Standards classroom. I have been teaching online for over 10 years. I love teaching online and helping each student learn and gain confidence, in out and of the classroom. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two boys and exercising.

Christyn Lantz

I am an Intervention Specialist at OHDELA's Exceptional Student Services high school classroom. I have been teaching for 13 years; for 7 years I've taught online. I love teaching online because I can provide my wonderful students a safe and fun learning experience. In my spare time, I love to go camping, spend time on the pontoon boat with my family and neighbors, and play guitar for my church's worship team. If you want a GREAT education, enroll at OHDELA today!

Brenda Lewis

I am a HS Intervention Specialist. You can find me in the high school ELA 1 and 3 classes as well as Algebra 1 and 2. I am a mother to two wonderful kiddos, age 13 and 6. We are a very active family! My 13-year-old plays basketball and runs track, and my 6-year-old swims, does gymnastics, and rides horses. In my free time, I run, ride my bike, and lift weights. I enjoy running long distance ultra marathons and long bike rides. I hope to compete in ultra runs and dual-a-thons in 2019. OHDELA has been a great change for me! I enjoy helping students learn online and working with a great staff.

Amber Wisniewski

I am the Physical Education teacher for grades K-12! I previously taught health education. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because it gives me the opportunity to teach students all over Ohio and the ability to integrate technology into my lessons. I have two dogs named Ari and Lady, and in my free time, I enjoy taking them for hikes in the national parks near my house! I also enjoy traveling, working out, and spending time with my family! I am lucky enough to live down the road from my parents, grandma, and my brother, so I get to hang out with them often.

Kris Ott

I am an Intervention Specialist for grades 9-12. This is my 13th year of teaching. I have taught in brick & mortar schools, as well as online. I love teaching at OHDELA because I am a strong believer in school choice, and I love to work with students who have chosen the online format. I have 2 children, a son who is 9 years old and a daughter who is 5. In my spare time, I love to volunteer in the community and play hockey.

Sheri Dornhecker

I teach high school English 2 at OHDELA. I am new to OHDELA, but I taught online for 11 years before coming here. OHDELA is an exciting place to teach, and I am thrilled to work with phenomenal teachers and students who make this job so rewarding. At home, I love to walk, watch OSU football, cook, and spend time with my family. My husband and I are parents to two adult children who live and work in Michigan and in Columbus. I look forward to the coming year and some amazing opportunities to grow and learn at OHDELA

Sharon Gray

I teach high school English 1. I have been a part of online education for more than a decade, and I love the opportunities that it provides. I enjoy baking, crafting, reading, and playing board games with my family. I'm excited to be a part of OHDELA and to get to know my students through live session chats and class writings.

Cody Brown

I am the Geometry teacher here at OHDELA. This will be my 10th year in online teaching! I have enjoyed teaching online because it challenges me to use two things that I love dearly: mathematics and technology. I enjoy challenging my students and helping them to become better learners and critical thinkers. In my spare time, I volunteer as website manager, singer, sound board technician, and youth group sponsor at my church. I also sing with the Canton Symphony Chorus and get to sing on stage with the orchestra 2-3 times a year.

Matthew Buckner

Hello! I am a 9th grade Physical Science teacher. I grew up just north of Dayton, lived in Columbus, and now live in Southeast Ohio with my wife and our 3 kids. I enjoy a variety of things: hiking, cooking, video games, OSU football, soccer, reading, music, and much more. I love teaching at OHDELA because of the unique challenges encountered in an online setting and getting that figured out, but mostly because the students here are awesome!

Amanda Base

Hello! I teach Earth Science and Physics (mostly 11-12 graders). I am a graduate of Akron U and have degrees in both Secondary Science Education and Geology. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching classes as a professional dog trainer. I also love skiing/snowboarding, biking, swimming, gardening, being outside, and cooking/baking. I like teaching at OHDELA because it gives students some flexibility and the ability to work at their own pace, as well as more individual attention.

Sarah Crisp

I am a High School Intervention Specialist. I specialize in English Language Arts. This is my second year teaching with amazing students whose excitement for learning make it a joy to come to work each day! My hobbies include walking and enjoying the beauty around me as well as trying new recipes in the kitchen with my three children. Learning is a very important part of my life, and I challenge myself to learn something new everyday.

Kai Carpenter

I am the Transition Coordinator here at OHDELA. I have been in education for 13 years. This is my second year at OHDELA. I find it to be very rewarding helping students find their path and work with them to transition from school to the adult world. When I am not working, I enjoy many outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and biking. I also enjoy spending time with my family and three rescue Boxers. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I get the chance to work with many different students, families, and other professionals from all around Ohio.

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 high school social studies for OHDELA, and I love the educational model here. My teaching experience includes both traditional and online formats, so I am well aware of the many advantages offered here. Students benefit from the flexibility that online instruction allows. Plus, they become 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 teach high school science courses & a career education elective. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because of the interesting & creative students I meet. I also enjoy the engaging online learning tools that help everyone visualize science concepts! I enjoy the interactions I have with students in live class! In my experience, the online classroom environment provides students & teachers with many opportunities to personally connect, and it enables a classroom community to form. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, spending time outdoors, and spending time with my pets!

Frederic Mindreau

I teach Spanish and French to grades 9th -12th. I speak English, Dutch, French, and German, too! In my free time, I play guitar, learn foreign languages, travel, hike on the Appalachian Trail, and spend time with my family. I love teaching at OHDELA because students are hard-working. Teaching in an online learning environment allows my students to experience the Spanish and French cultures and language at their fingertips.

Tayler Willey

I am the 9th grade Physical Science teacher, and I am an academic coach. This is my third year at OHDELA. I enjoy teaching at OHDELA because I am able to share my passion for science with students all over the state. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and going to the park with my dog.

Priscilla Wan

I teach highschool Biology and also Anatomy & Physiology. I Iove technology and teaching! I also enjoy traveling, reading the news, and volunteering at my church. I enjoy being at OHDELA because of the way this school is pioneering the future of education and working with the newest innovations for online education. The future of academia will be increasingly online, and the awesome staff/students at our school are working together as forerunners of the future!

Lindsay Valentine

Welcome everyone! I teach grades 9-12 in the social studies courses of economics and financial literacy, psychology, and sociology. I enjoy gardening and watching movies. Spending time with my husband and daughter is one of the things I most enjoy. OHDELA is a great place to teach and learn! Good luck this year!

Megan Riggers

I teach 10th-grade English, Media & Communications, and Journalism. My hobbies include reading, puzzles, taking my two crazy Goldendoodles for walks, spending time with my family, and this semester I'm finishing my Master's Degree in Educational Learning, Design, & Technology from Penn State. I love teaching at OHDELA because I believe that online learning is the future of education!

Mike Pratt

I teach high school social studies, specifically modern world history. My hobbies include creative writing, reading, and traveling when I can. I'm currently working toward obtaining my master's degree in European history; my thesis research is focused on sport nationalism in English football around the inception of the English Premier League in 1992. At home, I cherish spending time with my wife and son, and will welcome a daughter into the world around New Year's! 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 -- my 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 11 years. I love finding new and creative ways to teach math. My favorite part of teaching online is meeting students from all over Ohio. I received my BS degree in math and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned my master's degree in curriculum from Kent State University. I have been in Civil Air Patrol for over 2 years and I am currently a 1st Lt. I have a 17 year old daughter and 18 year old son and have been married for 20 years. My favorite books are Harry Potter books and my favorite movie is The Princess Bride.

Ben McRill

I teach Modern U.S. History in the high school. Some of my favorite things to do are biking, hiking, reading, and playing with my kids. 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

This is my fourth year teaching with OHDELA. I teach psychology, sociology, and financial literacy in the high school. I enjoy meeting new students each year and building friendships with returning students. The best part of teaching for OHDELA? Teaching in my pajamas!

Steven Frecka

I am a high school math teacher, and I also teach computer classes. 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. I love Science Fiction, especially those set in space; so I love Star Trek and Star Wars. I also enjoy the Marvel movies.

Lori Davis

I teach high school English language arts. In my free time I enjoy reading, music, and being outside with my family. 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 theri future education and future careers.

Kristina Cordova

I teach English 1 and creative writing at OHDELA. I have been teaching ELA full-time for 15 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 where I walk my dogs and ride my horse in my free time.

Billie Chesser

I have been teaching here at OHDELA for almost 8 years now. I love math and get very excited to share that excitement with my students. I enjoy working out , traveling, hiking, spending time with my family, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

Maura Buckalew

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 five years now, and I love learning, using new technology tools, and making learning fun and exciting for students.

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