Our leadership is dedicated to bringing what they’ve learned to OHDELA to provide your family with the best online 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
Raymond Lambert was born in Akron, Ohio and as a child grew up on North Hill, in Cuyahoga Falls, and in Northfield. He attended the University of Akron and received a BS degree and teacher certification in Special Education, K-12. After graduation, he served in the US Army for nearly 25 years, retiring in 1999. Ray has attended Boston University, George Washington University, and Xavier University receiving a Master’s Degree in Education and School Administration licenses. His educational service, Includes being the founding Principal at Riverside Academy in Cincinnati and serving as a Director of numerous Life Skills Centers throughout Ohio. He has administered and managed virtual schools in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, and Kansas. Ray currently resides in Lakewood, Ohio.
Brandy Cox, Principal
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
Ryan Kilpatrick, Director of Assessment and Intervention
I come to OHDELA with over ten years of online teaching and leadership experience. I am very excited to be working with OHDELA students, families, and staff as we continue to ensure student academic growth and achievement. I am looking forward to a very successful school year!
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 My name is Billie Jo Catanzarite and this is my 2nd year with OHDELA. I have been in the education field for 24 years and 20 of them have been in special education. I have been a special education leader for 5 years and making sure students with disabilities have the services they require is my passion! I have a dedicated team of support leadership (Coordinators) and Intervention Specialist who provide student-driven instructional supports and IEP services. I believe that teamwork is essential in providing comprehensive services to students. Families are at the heart of all we do! Empowering students to achieve with intervention tools learned in instruction is our goal!
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
Ohio charter schools partner with an official sponsor to hold schools accountable. Sponsors help their partner schools stay compliant with state education standards, provide training and resources to stay competitive and help schools keep their pledges to their students.
OHDELA’s sponsor, the Ohio Council of Community Schools, drives its member schools across Ohio to succeed in the same way that schools push students to perform their best. Part of its job is to give resources to its member schools to improve their offerings. It also holds schools like OHDELA accountable for state education standards and its own code of achievement. When your family joins OHDELA, you’re getting protection and support from our sponsor as well.