Our leadership is dedicated to bringing what they’ve learned to OHDELA to provide your family with the best online school and learning in Ohio.
OHDELA administrators, supervisors and teachers work closely together to make sure children like yours stay engaged and reach their full potential in our school. OHDELA focuses on finding leaders with extensive training and experience in the classroom and with online schools to make sure our young students get the best education online schools in Ohio have to offer. They also work with our board of directors and charter school sponsor to make sure OHDELA students meet or exceed Ohio academic standards.
OHDELA Academic Leadership
Ray Lambert Head of School
I was born in Akron, Ohio and as a child grew up on North Hill in Cuyahoga Falls and in Northfield. I attended the University of Akron and received a BS degree and teacher certification in Special Education, K-12. After graduation, I served in the US Army for nearly 25 years, retiring in 1999. I attended Boston University, George Washington University, and Xavier University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Education and School Administration. My educational service includes: being the founding Principal at Riverside Academy in Cincinnati; and serving as a Director of numerous Life Skills Centers throughout Ohio. I administered and managed virtual schools in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, and Kansas. I currently reside in Lakewood, Ohio.
Brandy Cox Principal
Grade Band: K-8
It is my pleasure to serve as Principal at OHDELA this year. This is my 7th year in educational leadership and 15th year in the field of education. I reside in Canal Winchester, Ohio, with my husband Dave and son David. I attended The Ohio State University to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After serving as a math and social studies teacher in grades 5-8 for 8 years, I continued my education and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Walden University. I come to OHDELA with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience in the online learning environment having served as a middle school math teacher, high school instructional supervisor, and junior high assistant principal at an online school for 6 years. I believe in building strong partnerships between teachers, leadership, and families. I have an open-door policy and welcome the opportunity to get to know all stakeholders to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students, creating a love of learning, and helping students maximize their potential. I am looking forward to a successful year!
Guiding Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Christopher Brooks Principal
Grade Band: 9-12
Christopher Brooks is an innovative instructional leader whose work is focused on building and fostering strong adult and student learning communities that lead to better outcomes so that each student will succeed. He believes deeply that strong educators and schools can change the trajectory of a student’s life.
Chris brings experience with blended, distance and online learning to leverage personalized learning to meet the learning journey of each student. He has served as Assistant Principal at Reynoldsburg High School, Principal of Waggoner Road Junior High and Middle School, led the design process and opening of The 9X Impact — a project-based learning 9th grade Academy, and was a Deeper Learning Coordinator all within Reynoldsburg City Schools. He most recently was an Instructional Specialist with Phalen Leadership Academics.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University. He is currently working on Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle/Durant
Katona West Operations Manager
I am excited to be part of the OHDELA team as operations manager! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Development from the University of Akron and my MBA with a specialization in Human Resources from Ashland University. I have over 20 years of experience in Operations. My career started in corporate and I have always been passionate about education. Previously, I worked as an instructor for an adult learning program that assisted adult learners with obtaining their diplomas and a math tutor for grades 3-12. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my family. I am especially proud of my son who serves this country as an United States Airman.
Rebecca Thompson Student Services Manager
Kelly McCormick Director of Academics
Grade Band: K-2 grades
Kelly McCormick has served in the field of education for 20 years. In that time, 13 years have been spent in virtual schools in varying roles, from classroom teacher, to curriculum specialist, Instructional supervisor and currently the Director of Academics for grades K-2. Kelly has delivered professional development and coaching to teachers across the country while traveling to learn more about what is working for other schools and students. She is passionate about online education and meeting the needs of all learners. Kelly has 3 children and while not working enjoys watching them participate in a variety of activities.
Stacie Hutton Assistant Director of Academics
Grade Band: 9-12 grades
I have served as a classroom teacher, coordinator of gifted programs, and as an adjunct professor in the teacher education department at Wright State University. I have also served as a trustee on the University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees.
I have been a state teacher of the year nominee and I am the author of several published works. One of my teacher resource books, American History Detective, is in its third edition, has been referenced in scholarly works as best teaching practices, and has been presented at the prestigious teacher training workshop at Colonial Williamsburg.
I have also written reading comprehension mobile applications that have appeared on the iTunes top 100 charts and have been downloaded all over the world.
I have appeared on television, in newspapers, and on radio including nationally syndicated talk radio offering education related advice to viewers.
Lynn Ross Student Services Manager
I come to OHDELA with over 20 years of experience in special education of which 17 have been spent in an online learning environment. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to serve as an intervention specialist, instructional supervisor, and special education coordinator. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in education from Cleveland State University and hold a master’s degree in both curriculum and instruction and educational leadership. I love the individualized format we can offer students with a disability in a virtual setting. As a special education manager, I work with teachers and staff to develop effective and appropriate special education programs that are embedded with best practices aimed at meeting the unique learning needs of each student. I live in Sharon Township with my three teenage children. I am an avid yogi and enjoy the mental and physical aspects of practicing and challenging myself daily.
Cathy Blankenship Director of Academics
Grade Band: 7-8
I have been in education for 29 years. I was a 3rd and 5th grade teacher in a brick and mortar school. I transitioned to online and was there for 16 years. I served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. I went back to brick and mortar for 3.5 years where I served as principal/superintendent for a small K-5 community school.
I am married and have 2 daughters and 2 dogs. In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking and outdoor activities.