Meet Your Student Services Team!
Student Services Manager, Becky Thompson; Student Services Coordinator, Katie Woodring;
Guidance Counselors: Sara Porras, grades K-8; Lea Crooks, grades 9-11, Chris Hafer, grade 12; Social Worker, Ashley Sees
Your OHDELA Onboarding Coaches will work with you in the beginning stages of your journey at OHDELA. Whether you are a returning student learning about updates and getting a refresher on our program or a new student learning the ins and outs of online learning. The onboarding coaches help students start the school year off strong by providing orientations and check-ins, and are available throughout the school year to ensure you and your student have all of the knowledge and skills you need to have a successful school experience.
Engagement coaches work with students throughout the school year. Their primary focus is student success. They help with the delivery of student services, initiatives and provide interventions. In addition, they provide support for increasing student engagement and learning outcomes that lead to the successful completion of a student’s academic grade level.
Attendance Support Specialist
Heidi Simone, our attendance support specialist, assists families struggling with attendance to help problem-solve issues that you may be facing.
1st & 2nd Grade Engagement Coach
“I am so grateful to be a part of the OHDELA team. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from The Ohio State University. I moved abroad to Thailand shortly after graduation where I taught 1st grade to a diverse group of students. My position as a 1st grade teacher birthed my passion for educating young minds. So after traveling around Southeast Asia among other places, I moved back home and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Cleveland Metro School District. There, I advised high school students on their college and career choices. The best part of that position was building rapport with students and watching them succeed pursuing their goals/dreams. I hope to continue helping and supporting students in my community at OHDELA. I truly believe education is one of the greatest gifts we can offer one another! In my spare time you can find me reading, cooking new recipes, walking my pup, or watching a great film.”
Special Programs Engagement Coach
Hello! My name is Debrah Davidson. I hold a BA in English from Arizona State University, an MA in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in educational leadership from Madonna University. I am a lifelong educator who has worked with students in schools, both brick and mortar and virtual, here in the U.S. and overseas. I am excited join OHDELA as an Engagement Coach. I truly believe it is education that helps to improve the lives of learners, thus helping to heal the world one child at a time. I look forward to working with each learner and their family to make that possible.
11th Grade Engagement Coach
Hello, my name is Matthew Bettura! I earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Youngstown State University. I am happy to be part of the OHDELA team! I look forward to helping each student achieve their goals. It is truly a wonderful experience watching each student make progress to the next level of education small or large and it is wonderful to be part of that. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with my three cats
Guidance Counselor, Grades K-8th
This is my11th year K-8 school counselor. I love the way a child’s mind develops during these years, and I have always loved watching students grow and evolve into young adults. My main hobby is reading young adult fiction or sci-fi/fantasy when I am not relaxing my family. I am married, we have two daughters in elementary school, and a golden doodle named Gryffindor.
Guidance Counselor, Grade 12th
I have been a school counselor in brick and mortar and online since 1991. My main focus is helping students and families have the most positive experience at OHDELA. Currently my focus is getting those seniors across that finish line so they can meet their next adventure. I love to cook and bake (gluten free), read, and spend time with my husband. We have one grown son and several fur babies. My life is rich!
Elementary Onboarding Coach
Hello, my name is Dana Baylor! I earned a degree in sociology and political science from Capital University. I also completed work in middle childhood education in the areas of social studies and language arts at Central State University. I spent 8 years as a classroom teacher. I look forward to working with all of the bright minds that start their journey with OHDELA in my care.
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”
~Marian Wright Edelman"
Kindergarten Onboarding Coach
Hello, I am Michelle Howard and I am happy to be part of the OHDELA Team! I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology from John Carroll University and over 25 years of experience working in social services and education. I believe that the overall well-being of children and their education are very important building blocks in their lives. I pledge my commitment to helping our students get on the road to success and bright futures! “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela
9th Grade P-Z Engagement Coach;
Greetings! My name is Joseph Dismond. I received my B.A. in English from Hampton University, and my M.A. in Educational Administration from Temple University. My free time is focused on school because I’m currently pursuing my Doctorate in Education. I am a life-long Educator with a passion for inspiring youth to realize their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. I am very excited to build bonds with students and parents alike!
10th Grade M-Z Engagement Coach
Becoming part of the OHDELA family is truly an honor and a blessing! What I love about my job is getting to encourage and motivate students, knowing they will soon contribute to society in many wonderful ways. A little about me: My favorite country that I have traveled to is Guatemala, where I first learned to speak Spanish. I have a well rounded background in the Education field, having worked as a pre-school teacher, substitute teacher, high school Spanish teacher, and bilingual instructional assistant. I love trying new recipes, going on adventures with my children, and learning new things about the world around me! As an Engagement Coach, each day I look forward to guiding my students across the finish line. You can do this!
9th Grade H-O Grade Engagement Coach
I’m excited to be an engagement coach here at OHDELA. I am a proud Akron University Zip! My passion is helping people achieve their dreams and I look forward to using my creativity to be there for OHDELA students. I enjoy music, painting, fashion, antiques, yoga, pilates, traveling and spending time with my daughter. Dreams don’t work unless you do!
7th Grade Engagement Coach
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Akron. I have always enjoyed assisting youth in their education. I began my journey with OHDELA in the attendance department and now as an Engagement Coach. I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the growth and academic career of students. One of my favorite hobbies is traveling and since I am a foodie trying new restaurants!
“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”
~ Michelle Obama
I have my Bachelors in Communications from Kent State University and my Bachelors Plus in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University. I have a passion for doing my part in making a difference in each student's lives. I feel honored to be a part of OHDELA where I am able to see growth in student’s lives daily.
8th Grade Engagement Coach
I am excited to be a part of OHDELA. For the past 6 years I have served in education. It is a joy for me to help motivate students achieve their goals. I have a Bachelors, and 2 Masters Degrees from Liberty University. I have a wife and 6 children. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and traveling. “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” – George Washington Carver
10th Grade A-L Engagement Coach
I graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Special Education and Cleveland State with a Masters in Education Administration. I have worked in education for over 16 years, and couldn't see myself in any other career. I have a passion for helping students, using technology, and finding solutions to help students succeed. I am dedicated to improving our educational systems to make learning meaningful and useful. I like that OHDELA uses many different forms of technology to interact and engage with students and their families. I am involved in many church ministries helping educate children and parents. I enjoy learning new things, spending time with family and friends and traveling.
Asia Lee Ryan
4th Grade Engagement Coach
Bio Not Yet Available
Student Services Coordinator
I graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education in 2016. I consider myself a lifelong learner and want to share my passion for learning with students. My favorite thing about working at OHDELA is helping families and students as they navigate through their educational journey. In my free time, I can be found reading a good book or spending time with my pets.
Special Programs Engagement Coach
Being able to be a part of my students' educational journey is an honor and a privilege. To see a student grow from the beginning of the school year to the end is a joy. Seeing that drive inspires me everyday to continue to work hard for my students and their academic success. I have worked in different areas in education and one thing holds true is that the students are the driver in what I do. As an academic, I am here to be part of the team that is behind each and everyone of our students.
Guidance Counselor, Grades 9-11
Hello! I am the 9th-11th grade school counselor. I have my master’s degree in school counseling from Kent State University, along with educational certificates in disability studies and career advising. I have been with OHDELA since the end of the 18/19 school year, and have loved working with every student and parent here! I have a passion for helping students become the best versions of themselves and helping students develop positive mindsets within their education and life. I look forward to working with you!"
3rd Grade Engagement Coach
Hi I’m Allie Moore! I am the Elementary Orientation & Onboarding Coach at OHDELA. I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies and minor in Non-Profit Studies. My favorite part of working at OHDELA is advocating for the students and their families. I firmly believe parents/guardians are the most important part of their child’s OHDELA journey. I am excited to help make that possible!
6th Grade Engagement Coach
I graduated from Andrews University with a Masters' Degree in Community Counseling. I have a passion for helping others and seeing them succeed. My favorite thing about OHDELA is watching the gradual progression of academic success of the students. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and a good movie.
9th Grade A-G Engagement Coach
Today is the day where you define what your tomorrow will bring. It is up to you and only you to make a decision to work harder, become a leader, accomplish your highest goals and reach your highest potential. What you accomplish today will define your tomorrow, your future and the world around you. Take pride in what you learn, for that knowledge will bring you success, fulfillment and character that no one can ever take away from you.
I am thrilled to be starting my 13th year with the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy. My true passions are teaching myself to utilize new technologies and developing positive relationships with students. In my spare time, I make films, build Lego with my two children; Mia and Danny, and wrestle things out of my puppy’s mouth that he should not have. I look forward to the next chapter in my OHDELA career!
12th Grade & CCP Engagement Coach
Working with students at OHDELA has been an inspiration every day. The fuel for education that students have is contagious. They have made the job as Academic Advisor truly awarding. Each student has inspired me to be a better person in many different ways. Their stories and struggles have made me work even harder to lead them to the best future that they could have.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” –Malcolm X
5th Grade Engagement Coach
Hello, my name is Chiquita Bills I am the grade K-2 academic advisor with OHDELA. I graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in school counseling. I enjoy communicating with parents and watching the students develop a passion for learning.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” —Malcolm X