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Since 1989, Bridgeway Academy has been designing personalized, innovative education solutions that unlock student potential.

About Us

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education and the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K-12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

“I am constantly amazed at how fearfully and wonderfully we are made. Our design impacts who we are, how we learn, what we believe, and how we process information. And when we can better understand ourselves and others, we are better prepared to motivate and engage with others.”

Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, and others who seek home education options for their families.

Regardless of your reasons for homeschooling, or the level of support you need, Bridgeway Academy is poised and ready to support you. Our unique approach to individualized education has helped thousands of students thrive and reach their goals. If you’d like to see a quick overview of Bridgeway Academy’s school statistics, download our School Profile.

Bridgeway and Bridgeway Academy is owned by Edovate Learning Corp, a creative and innovative leader in personalized education and edTech solutions.

Our leadership team is committed to personalized homeschooling. We are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschoolers, charter schools, state organizations, and others who seek home education options for their families.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Chris Hardin

Head of School

Jeff Miller

VP, Technology

Lisa Ott

VP, Product Development

Jessica Parnell

CEO

Author of the series Unlocking Your Child’s Genius and the former editor of Homeword magazine, Jessica has a passion for kids and education. As CEO of Edovate Learing Corp., she enjoys working with a talented and intelligent team to drive innovation in education, provide educational products, training and support, and develop a personalized education model that works. Jessica also has a strong passion for understanding the neuroscience of the brain and holds education credentials including her BS & MA degrees as well as Certifications in Neuroleadership, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Intelligence. Edovate Learning is the parent company to Bridgeway Academy, Curriculum Express, and Elephango.com.

Chris Hardin

Head of School

Prior to joining Bridgeway, Chris was the high school principal at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Before becoming an administrator in a cyber school setting, he was a high school English teacher with the Palisades School District for a number of years and served as the interim Dean of Students at the high school. 

Chris earned B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, principal and supervisor of curriculum and instruction certificates from Temple University and an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University with a concentration in Education Administration along with the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. Additionally, Chris is a graduate of the Pennsylvania’s Education Policy and Leadership Center Fellowship program and is an adjunct professor within Holy Family University’s principal certification program.

Jeff Miller

VP, Technology

Jeff has over 20 years of technical solution development experience, with the last 10+ years leading teams responsible for creating and supporting technical solutions for the K-12 market. Jeff’s goal is for Bridgeway Academy’s technology to be a powerful tool enabling and encouraging online learning and student growth.

Lisa Ott

VP, Product Development

Lisa, holding an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction–Language and Literacy, from Penn State University, is the Director of Curriculum Development at Bridgeway Academy. An educator since 1992, her experience as a public school teacher, college-level education course facilitator, homeschool academic advisor, and head of curriculum design, combine to give her a unique vision for education. Her passion for developing educational programs that empower and enrich learners has been the foundation for Bridgeway’s unique approach to curriculum design. Lisa leads a team of equally innovative developers who design online learning experiences and complementary learning resources for textbook programs, all available at Bridgeway Academy.

Our teachers are passionate about your child’s education.

Meet Our Teachers

Jessica Curfman

Director of Online Learning

Jessica is motivated by taking a whole-child approach when it comes to their education; treating each child as if they are her own.  She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Health and Physical Education.  While teaching Health and Physical Education, she decided to continue her career in education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Shippensburg University.  Prior to joining the Bridgeway Team as the Director of Online Learning, she served as an Assistant Middle/High School Principal.

Kimberly Bennett

Live Online Lead Teacher

I began teaching in public schools in 1995 and have taught online since 2012. I joined Bridgeway Academy in 2016 and love the care and concern we show our students. One reason that I love teaching Live Online Classes is giving students the ability to connect with, and learn from, others who may live across the continent or the world.

I hold a B.S. in Human Learning & Licensure, and a M.A. in Educational Technology.

Dan Amon

Department Chair & Lead Teacher

I have taught in the traditional classroom and in the online environment for middle school, high school, and college-level classes for 14 years. My favorite part of teaching with Bridgeway is getting to know and connecting with the fantastic students and families we have!

I hold a Master of Education degree in Mathematics and an MBA.

Rhonda Dausman

Live Online Lead Teacher

I taught in a public middle school setting for 20 years. Ten years ago, I took a break from teaching when my husband took a job as a pastor and I became a stay-at-home mom. I’ve lived in states along the East Coast from New York to Georgia. Currently I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and homeschool my two daughters! I love being able to connect with students all over the world and share my love of learning.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Special Education.

Courtney Markiewicz

Live Online Lead Teacher

I have taught middle school math for 14 years. I love helping homeschooling families understand and have fun with math. I attended Carlow University, where I earned a B.S. in Mathematics with credentials to teach secondary math. I also earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Middle Grades instruction from National Louis University.

Kendal Adamson

This is my eleventh year teaching in Elementary grades. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, both from Kennesaw State University. I have also homeschooled my own personal children, and I love the flexibility of schedule and opportunities of meeting students and families from across the world that comes with teaching online. 

Marybeth Aebersold

I have tutored developmental, elementary, and middle school math for almost 5 years. Prior to that, I homeschooled my children for 4 years in grades 1- 7, which was truly one of the happiest times in my life. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Educational success is the key to a bright future for all of us, and I look forward to helping students achieve their academic goals.

Sierra Atwood

I am excited and honored to be a part of your child’s education as a teaching assistant. I am currently finishing up my freshman year at the University of Phoenix for my B.S. in Elementary Education and I am about to start working toward a certificate in Childhood Psychology from Penn Foster. I am passionate about online education as I graduated from an online high school and my degree program is online as well. I enjoy the individualized aspect that online learning offers. When I am not working or studying, I am spending time with my four year old daughter and my fiancé, reading a good book, or trying out new restaurants.

Stacey Batzel

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education from Drexel University with credentialing in mid-level math and English.  I have worked in education for 17 years in both public and private schools.  I live in Northeast Pennsylvania with my husband and 2 sons.  One of the many reasons I love teaching online classes is the ability connect with students and their families across the world.

Debbie Blades

I have taught for 14 years in local private schools and have a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching. I am so excited for the opportunity to meet students from all over the country and world and watch them learn and grow.

Alessandra Broussard

I’m a state-certified educator who has taught Spanish and Social Studies full time for over 4 years in the public school system to middle school and high school students. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and have a teaching certificate  in Spanish Grades K-12, Social Studies Grades 6-12, and Grades 1-5.

For me, teaching is very inspiring, rewarding and fun. As a former homeschool Spanish tutor, I enjoy seeing students of all ages learn more about the Spanish culture and its amazing language

Jade Bowins

I hold a B.S. in Biology from Sacred Heart University and a M.S. in Environmental Biology from Hood College. I am currently pursuing my Maryland teaching license through the University of Maryland Global Campus and a Ph.D. in education policy with Liberty University. I have been involved in education both athletically and academically for 10 years in a variety of roles.

Kelly Boyd

I have taught secondary math in both private and public school settings for the past number of years. I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics from Drexel University as well as a Masters Degree in Education from DeSales University. I’m excited to share my love for this subject area to students from all over the world!

Katrina Brown

I have been teaching in varying roles for the past 26 years–from teaching in a school classroom, to teaching my own seven children at home, to teaching in and helping to coordinate homeschool groups, to tutoring students one-on-one (both face-to-face and virtually)! Each of these teaching roles comes with a unique set of challenges and rewards. I especially resonate with those who homeschool, because I believe strongly in family and in individuality in learning, which are so strongly fostered here particularly! I hold both a B.S. degree (Education and Theology) and an M.A. (Counseling), and am currently working on completing my M.Ed degree. 

Megan Cataldo

I am in Upstate NY where I was born and raised. I grew up around many educators as a role model. I have BS in Childhood/Special Education and MS in Literacy. I have taught locally for a Head Start for 7 years. I joined Bridgeway in January of 2021 as a TA in primarily in a fifth-grade classroom. Creating a positive and encouraging relationship are really important to all learners.

Matthew Ciarletta

I’m Matthew Ciarletta and I’ve been teaching since 2011 to students around the globe. I hold a B.A. in mathematics from William Paterson University in New Jersey, and I’m currently pursuing a B.A. in computer science. Teaching online with Bridgeway is a fantastic way to connect with students and teachers from different places and explore a subject from anywhere in the world.

Jenny Cyphert

I have been teaching for 10 years in Early Childhood Education.  I began online teaching in 2019 and joined the Bridgeway Academy team in 2020. I love teaching Live Online Classes because I can interact with students from around the world, see their progress, and make learning fun.    

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Clarion University. 

Chris Defever

Chris is a natural-born explorer and life-long learner who is passionate about creating a better tomorrow. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Biology, he moved to Brazil where he taught Design and Science at an IB World School. Chris enjoyed helping learners reach their goals and make the most of every opportunity. The experience helped him to rethink what was possible in the field of education, and in 2019 he began learning more about the technology and software being used by millions of learners worldwide. Chris recently spent two years working in the software industry and is now happy to be a part of the team at Bridgeway Academy where he can help develop a dynamic learning environment that meets the individual needs of each student.   

Bill Farina

My professional experience in education began as a chemistry teaching assistant at a large university in Pennsylvania after working in the chemical industry for five years as a laboratory scientist. I transitioned to adjunct instruction, both online and in laboratories while pursuing my doctorate in Educational Technology. My research focuses on implementing college-level online chemistry instruction.

I value the unique challenges that the online environment brings and recognize that it requires approaches to instruction that will differ from a traditional classroom. I hold a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Chemistry.

Jenelle Fernandez

I’m an educator with 16 years of experience teaching Spanish in the public school system, online, and collegiate level. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish from Florida State University. I find teaching enjoyable and rewarding. I love to share my knowledge of the Spanish language and culture with others. I enjoy making learning Spanish relevant, fun, and applicable to the lives of my students.

Bonnie Foster

I hold a B.A. in Mathematics and I have spent the last 18 years working in education in one form or another, serving students in middle school up through college. I’ve spent 12 of those years teaching every levels from 7th grade through AP Calculus AB in a variety of settings, including public, private, charter, and college. I love helping students unlock the language of math and fall in love with the predictability of it.

My husband, four sons, and I live in California with our family dog. We love summer road trips, seeing state capitals, and trying new outdoor adventures. I’m excited to get to know each one of you and share my love of math with you!

 

Megan Gasca

I have been teaching in a private school for 26 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a NY teaching certificate for pre-K to grade 6. I live in upstate New York with my husband and two children. I have always loved to help children learn and grow. I am so excited that I can now share my love for learning with students all over the world.

Michelle Glasso

I have been teaching in a private school for 26 years and hold a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a NYS teaching certificate for pre-K to grade 6. I live in upstate New York with my husband and two children. I have always loved to help children learn and grow. I am so excited that I can now share my love for learning with students all over the world.

Zoe Green

Teaching is a not a filling of the pail but a lighting of a fire.  

                                                                             — William Butler Yeats 

This is the philosophy that I have abided by for 21 years teaching state side and abroad in various administrative and instructor capacities. My formal education has equipped me with the best practices of education. Being what is considered a certified highly qualified educator, in the U.S.A. and the U.K, I bring to the table a plethora of knowledge and understanding of how to connect with students and all stake holders educationally, psychologically and in just plain fun. I have Point University B.A., Central Michigan University M.A., Beulah Heights Bible College, Georgia Southern University, ABD, and experience as an owner of an educational entertainment company to thank for that. Education is a service. I want to thank all stake holders for allowing me to serve the Bridgeway Academy Family. 

Helen Green-Esterly

I live in a suburb of Cleveland, OH. I have been married to my best friend for almost 14 years, we have 3 beautiful children; two sons and a daughter. I recently got my PhD in Psychology, and I have been teaching for 14 years.

Jamison Hampton

Jamison has been working as a Substitute Teacher in East Texas for three years.  She is in pursuit through Stephen F Austin State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education through Sixth Grade.  She loves Online Teaching because she believes that she is able to connect with student’s from various backgrounds and wants to help the student’s in their ability to become an engaging lifelong learner. She feels that homeschooling is one of the approaches that allows student’s to reach their highest potential through engaging activities and discussions. 

Alison Handy

I taught high school social studies in Virginia for four years. I received my B.A. in history from The College of William and Mary in 2004 and my M.A. in history from Old Dominion University in 2014. I am excited to share my passion for history and learning with the students at Bridgeway, and to partner with parents to provide quality educational experiences for their children.

Leana Herman

Hello, my name is Leana, and I was a preschool teacher for ten years. I have since ventured into the elementary realm, and I enjoy every minute of it. I have my teaching certificate in early childhood, and I am currently working on my bachelor’s degree in English. As a former preschool teacher, I understand the importance of family and developing the whole child. For this reason, I love working together with families to bring the best education to their children and helping them reach their educational milestones. 

Tom Herndon

I have been teaching physical sciences for over two decades! I have enjoyed the change to online learning as I get to meet and support young people from many places as they pursue their interests and prepare for their futures.

I hold an MEd in Science Education from NC State University, where I also earned my bachelor’s degrees in Science Education and Chemistry.

Colin Hickey

 I look forward to connecting with, supporting, and challenging students from all over the world. Through a positive classroom environment, I hope to instill passion and curiosity to foster lifelong learners. I have a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Education from SUNY Geneseo. My certification areas are Childhood Education 1-6, Special Education 1-6, and Reading and Literacy B-12.

Elizabeth Hicks

I began teaching in 2012 at a local university. I moved to teaching high school in 2014, before transitioning to online teaching for an online university in 2018. I am eager to do my part in providing an educational experience that meets our students where they are and helps them grow in an environment in which they are comfortable.

I hold a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Science Education.

Kimberly Kaiser

Greetings from Georgia!  I have a variety of experiences in education along with a current primary career in nursing.  I have homeschooled my children for the past 8 years, teach science classes at our homeschool co-op, and have taught adult in the college classroom.  I am enrolled at Grand Canyon University for a Masters in Secondary Education that will lead to my teaching certificate.  I have a B. S. in Nursing and a M. S. in Nursing Education.  I love Bridgeway’s approach to a tailored homeschool program and the flexibility it offers families!!

Lorri Kane

As a homeschooled student, I discovered my love for learning and exploring. I now love helping students locally and around the world discover the joy of learning, too, in an online learning environment. With an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education, I am professionally certified for general education through 8th grade and for special education through 12th grade. I have been teaching students of all ability levels since 1999 and remain passionate about helping each student reach their highest potential.

Kate Kosh

I hold a M.Ed. and have an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Saint Francis University.  I have been in education for approximately 12 years, having taught full time at private schools and as a substitute teacher in various public-school districts.  My husband, son, and I live in Pennsylvania with our dogs and cats. We love to vacation in Bethany Beach and enjoy day trips and sometimes impromptu overnight trips.

Calan Landreth

I have a M.S./B.S. in Kinesiology, and teaching credentials in Science and Physical Education. I have taught for the past 12 years in a mix of online, private, and public schools. I also coach football, track & field, and strength & conditioning. 

Melissa Lindahl

I have been a science teacher for many years and have developed a true passion for non-traditional learning and Christian education. It is so exciting to be able to teach a course on a weekly basis to students who live far away from my Buffalo, NY home. I love to teach students, and by using an online platform I am able to reach them no matter where they live, and hopefully infect them with a love for learning about science. 

I hold a B.S. in Science and an M.S. in Secondary Education.

Robin Pearce Lebedev

I have taught Science in both the private and public school settings since 1988. I hold a B.A. in Biology from Point Loma as well as a M.A. in Education/Teaching from Grand Canyon University. I am excited to share my love of science and God’s creation with students around the world. Online learning is an exciting and relevant way to learn and use the scientific process.

Maryalice Leister

The first half of my education career was served in a northern Michigan high school, but since 2002 I have taught online. As an early pioneer in virtual learning, my positions have included teacher, communications director, teacher trainer, and administrator. I believe accessing an online school strengthens learning by offering endless tools and easy access to the world.

I was raised in eastern Pennsylvania, and I currently reside in Toledo, Ohio. I received my B.A. in English and Education at Gettysburg College and my M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning with Instructional Design certification through the University of Southern California.

Elaine Lewis

I have taught in both charter and private schools for over 14 years in everything from elementary to middle school. I love being a Bridgeway Academic Advisor because I enjoy differentiating curriculum that fits the needs of each student and ensuring that they are successful in their schooling. I love being able to make connections with students and families all over the world.

I have a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Elementary Education.

Abigayle Loblein

Greetings! My name is Abigayle Loblein. I have been an educator for the past 18 years. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2003, followed by my Masters Degree from Walden University in 2010.  I began my teaching career as a K-8 PE & Science teacher in San Diego, CA for a short period of time. Back in PA, I became an Enrichment and Writing Teacher for grades K-5 in Pennsbury School District, outside of Philadelphia. Following this teaching experience, I devoted my time to educating 3rd-4th Grade scholars in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. In 2017, I relocated with my family of 5 to Raleigh, NC where I began my journey in teaching 5th Grade.  I loved every minute of it!  After several years, my family once again relocated to Charleston, SC where I resumed teaching 3rd grade scholars. My family and I quickly acclimated to our new surroundings and fell in love with the city of Charleston!  Throughout this time, I have immensely enjoyed learning something new every single day. Every one of my scholars brings a new personality with unique strengths and skills. I cannot imagine being in any other profession!

Laurie Micali

Anne Mollman

Greetings from Temecula, California!  I love online learning because students can pursue their passions and interests while working at their own pace. In 2012, I embarked on one of my most exciting educational journeys: homeschooling my own children. This is what led me into the field of online education. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, surfing, and homeschool field trips with my kids.  I’m looking forward to learning beside your students this year as they unlock their unlimited learning potential.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego.

Christina Mondolo

I have been in the field of education for over 18 years and I have taught online for 2 years. I love homeschooling my own two children. We were able to live in Panama for two years while I was educating them from home. I got my Bachelors degree from Cal Poly Pomona in California.

Sherry Panas

I have taught and tutored for more than 10 years but recently went back to school to receive my M.S. in Math Education. I love teaching math in the classroom, online, in the home, in groups, inside or outside! The high point of my teaching is when students ask me questions…so if you are in my class, raise your hand and ask away!

Kylie Patterson

I have been a Teacher’s Assistant for 6 years and hold an Educational Aide license. I am currently going back to college to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education PreK-5th. I am looking forward to learning and working with students from all over the world. When I am not working, you can find me at the softball fields cheering on my daughter or cheering on my brother at his high school game. 

Tiffany Penso

I have been teaching for 18 years. After I received my Bachelors of Science from Old Dominion University, I became a licensed teacher and worked for The Virginia Beach City Public schools. I have been teaching in the online/virtual environment for three years.

Sharon Pergerson

Sharon loves to teach and see students learn in creative, inspiring  ways. She has taught almost all ages in the past 25 years.  She graduated from  Oakwood University with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and  Ohio State University with a master’s in Education Administration. She loves the opportunity to work with students all over the world.

Bobbijo Pinnelli

I have experience in both K12 and higher education both as a teacher and as an administrator. My favorite part of homeschooling is working with so many families worldwide. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History and a masters of education in Multicultural Education. I hold teaching certifications in English, Social Studies, and Family and Consumer Sciences. I am currently finishing my doctorate in Leadership and Administration.

Rosetta Pouncy

My name is Rosetta Pouncy, I believe that Education is the seed to learning, once planted, heights are limitless, a philosophy that I strongly embody. The majority of my teaching career was with the U.S. Department of Labor Federal program serving unprivileged students. My passion is teaching and gardening. 

I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Education.

Melissa Smith

I graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a certification in Early Childhood Education. I taught in brick and mortar schools for three years in the STEM field and online for two years as an independent contractor. One reason I love teaching online is being able to teach students from all over the world. Each student brings something unique to the classroom even virtually that makes it an amazing experience to be apart of.

Katie Reitmeyer

I have been teaching for 15 years. I enjoy helping students achieve their full potential and experience success, which is why I love Bridgeway Academy’s personalized approach to individual learning. I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies education with a concentration in History, along with a Technology Skills Certificate.

Miranda Rivera

This will be my first year as a teacher assistant with Bridgeway Academy and I am excited to help students and teachers with their courses. This is also my fourth year teaching High School Mathematics, and second year teaching virtually. I have found that teaching in a virtual setting allows for a more individualized approach to education and allows me to reach students more effectively. I received my Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics Education from Youngstown State University in 2018.  

Jacqueline Rowe

I graduated in 2011 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I have been a substitute teacher since September 2011. I am certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I love the online teaching atmosphere. I think the coolest thing about online teaching is getting to know students from all over the world.  

Paula Sanchez

My love of teaching has spanned 27 years! With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Educational Media Design and Technology, I enjoy the best of both worlds – teaching science while using technology, both in person and virtually. I enjoy the personal connections made with students in both homeschool and online settings, and believe all students learn best when provided the right tools.

Bruce Sarte

I am someone who loves to connect the student with the information in meaningful ways!  I have over ten years’ experience teaching in classrooms and online, as well as leading technology-based clubs and activities.  I love connecting with each student where they are and helping them on their journey of growth and exploration.  I hold Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and American History, as well as a Master’s in Information Technology, and Doctorate in Education. 

Deanna Stock

For 15 years I have taught in a variety of environments and I absolutely love the impact one can receive in being an educator. My experiences range from preschool helper to full director and headteacher, public school elementary Title 1 reading and math to subbing in public schools from Kindergarten to eighth grade. I earned a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education k-6 from Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.

Christine St. Clair

I have taught English as a Second Language for 14 years with students ranging in grade levels K-12. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Carlow University and my Master of Education in K-12 Reading from Slippery Rock. I hold Pennsylvania teaching certificates in Elementary Education K-5, K-12 ESL Program Specialist, and English 7-12. I enjoy teaching homeschoolers because I was homeschooled myself! I am a self-proclaimed book nerd; I enjoy using that passion to work with students and families to grow their skills in the four domains of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Adrienne Taylor

My name is Adrienne Taylor. I have been in education for about 15 yrs., but in the classroom for a little over 5 yrs. I love online teaching because of the flexibility it provides—there are so many tools/apps/websites that can be utilized in the online classroom. I am currently working on a B.S. degree in Middle School Math Education from Western Governor’s University. ONE MORE YEAR!!

Lauren Trimboli

I have 15 years of experience in educational settings. I have worked in a public school setting as a teaching assistant with students in grades K-3, as an early intervention teacher and an itinerant teacher in a Pre-K program, and most recently as a second-grade teacher in a technology-focused private school.  I am motivated to find the best individual path for each student that I encounter, and I feel that all students deserve the chance to reach their maximum potential. I truly want my students to enjoy their education and feel internally motivated to accomplish their own goals.

Lisa Vanderbloemen

I have over 10 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and university levels. The subjects I have taught include Introductory Oceanography, Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Geography. My education includes a B.A. in Biology, M.S. in Geography, M.S. in Oceanography, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography. My passion in life has always been teaching, both in the classroom and online. Teaching online is truly exciting because it requires the teacher to be quite versatile and creative to ensure success for all students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.

Maegan Wagner

I started my journey into education in 2017, working in the public school system as an instructional assistant. During that time, I started my bachelor’s in Biology Education and will graduate in the fall of 2021. I’m excited to assist students from all over and see them succeed!

Nicole Wilkins

Greetings! My name is Nicole Wilkins and as an English Language Arts Teacher, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. From teaching English in South Korea, teaching online from home in the USA, to teaching English in a public middle school, I have gained grand experiences to help students achieve success in life through the English language.

Sarah Wilt

I have over 10 years of experience working with adolescents in non-traditional learning environments: summer camp, theatre, and juvenile detention. I love the ability of technology to add so many new resources to the realm of learning and the internet’s ability to connect me with students far from my home in Pennsylvania. I attended Juniata College, where I received a B.A. in Secondary Education: English with a minor in History, earning a teaching certificate in Language Arts for grades 7 through 12. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, taking walks with my dog, or watching the newest binge-worthy show on Netflix.

Carly Young

It is my passion to teach students in unique and unconventional environments. My nine years of experience include educating and entertaining pre-teens and teens onboard Disney Cruise Line, creating and facilitating educational programs at Adventure Aquarium, and teaching English as a Second Language, Creative Writing, and Language Arts classes online. I hold my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

Our Advisors are committed to providing the best support and resources to our families!

Meet Our Advising Team

Germaine Kaufman

Senior Manager of Customer Care

I have a passion for education and have had the opportunity to work with and develop programs that not only enhance the student experience but provide for a firm foundation for parents and students together. I believe the key to change starts with education. I have built a career as an administrator working in K-12 up to Post Doctorate programs. I have a firm focus on customer service, admissions, and providing the best possible experience for all of our families. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with an Administrative Credential.

Kimberly Bennett

Educational and Technology Specialist and Lead Teacher

I began teaching in public schools in 1995 and have taught online since 2012. I joined Bridgeway Academy in 2016 and love the care and concern we show our students. One reason that I love teaching Live Online Classes is giving students the ability to connect with, and learn from, others who may live across the continent or the world.

I hold a B.S. in Human Learning & Licensure, and a M.A. in Educational Technology.

Chris Defever

Education Technology Assistant

Chris is a natural-born explorer and life-long learner who is passionate about creating a better tomorrow. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Biology, he moved to Brazil where he taught Design and Science at an IB World School. Chris enjoyed helping learners reach their goals and make the most of every opportunity. The experience helped him to rethink what was possible in the field of education, and in 2019 he began learning more about the technology and software being used by millions of learners worldwide. Chris recently spent two years working in the software industry and is now happy to be a part of the team at Bridgeway Academy where he can help develop a dynamic learning environment that meets the individual needs of each student.   

Kacy Clowser

I have been in education for 10 years as a special education teacher, a regular education teacher, and a school administrator. I love building relationships with students and families and helping students learn where they are at to best meet their needs. I believe that success builds success… so my goal is to help your child feel good about learning and the work that they do. When I am not working with students and families, I love spending time with my family and friends and doing outdoor activities like hiking and going to the beach! I am looking forward to working with your family. I hold a masters in Educational Leadership.

Tai Conley

My love of learning began as a child when I would line my stuffed animals along my bed and read stories to them. I always had a passion for helping children. My journey through education began in the public schools teaching first, third, and fourth graders, and for the past seven years I’ve had the opportunity to homeschool my children. I absolutely love working with students and families, and it is with great privilege that I have the chance to help guide you through this beautiful journey! I hold a bachelor’s degree In Elementary Education.

Jessica Cunningham

I was the type of student who got good grades, but hated school. Ironically, I’ve worked in  

education throughout the entirety of my professional life. I  taught high school Theology for four years after graduating from college. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by administration and teachers who took a holistic approach to education. That experience formed my approach to teaching and advising students throughout my seven years working in education. I believe that a customized education instills a lifelong  love of learning in students and helps them to flourish. It is my passion to help students to overcome barriers so that they can thrive!  

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Catechetics.

Christie Curtis

I worked with an accounting firm up until our oldest daughter arrived. My husband and I both were both fortunate to have a stay-at-home parent and we wanted the same for our children. Instead of public school, we decided to try homeschooling. We started in kindergarten and have stayed the course. We have graduated our oldest, and our second child will graduate within the year. I have always pieced different curriculum together as curriculum was chosen based on our daughters’ learning styles. Best decision we have ever made. I love working with our families to help them succeed and be prepared for the next phase of life after high school.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.

Likesha Davis

I am a servant leader with over 20 years of work in education and am dedicated and passionate about positively impacting and shaping K-6 trajectories, all while making a difference in their lives. It has been my experience that people will truly learn and grow when they see that the people entrusted to help facilitate their learning are ones they can trust, respect, and model in every area of life. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in a special program concentrating in Social Sciences and Liberal Studies and earned a master’s in Education from The Johns Hopkins University.

Kristin Douglas

I taught kindergarten, second grade, and third grade for 10 years. Leaving the classroom has allowed me to teach my own three children, and I love it! I truly enjoy coming alongside and helping families who are embarking on this same homeschooling journey.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. 

Heather Falk

I previously taught grades 1 and 2 in a public school. I was also the Director of Education at a Sylvan Learning Center. I love working with families to help support them in succeeding throughout their homeschooling journey.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education. 

 

Jaime Goulet

I have served in many facets of education! I was a supervisor for an early childhood program and worked in several early childhood centers, taught third grade for three years in the Palm Beach School District, provided private tutoring for families, participated in local homeschool co-op groups, homeschooled my two boys, currently teach in children’s ministry, and I am currently finishing up my Online Instruction Endorsement. I love using my experiences to assist families in their homeschooling journey, customizing each program to the child’s needs and creating meaningful connections with the families I serve.

I hold a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 

Stacey Hughes

I taught kindergarten and first grade for eight years before becoming a P.E. coach and athletic director for eight more years. I love advising at Bridgeway because we provide the opportunity for our students to pursue their dreams and goals.

Erin Johnson

I worked in the puclic school system at all 3 levels (elementary, middle school, high school) as an assistant in learning support and emotional support. I recieved my Masters in Library Science and teaching certificate in 2011 and went on to become a high school librarian and then a middle school librarian for 2 years. I enjoy helping parents and students navigate their homeschooling journey!

Shannon Kull

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I taught third grade in a public elementary school. I also have experience with teaching both first and sixth grades. I love being a Bridgeway Academy advisor because I enjoy individualizing curriculum that best fits the needs of each student and builds upon the student’s strengths to ensure they experience success in their schooling. I LOVE establishing relationships with the families I serve and assisting them with their homeschooling needs in hopes that their experience is a positive one. It provides me with GREAT satisfaction when I am able to help others.

I hold an M.Ed in Elementary Education.

Elaine Lewis

I have taught in both charter and private schools for over 14 years in everything from elementary to middle school. I love being a Bridgeway Academic Advisor because I enjoy differentiating curriculum that fits the needs of each student and ensuring that they are successful in their schooling. I love being able to make connections with students and families all over the world.

I have a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Elementary Education.

Melissa Lindahl

Having taught now for over 15 years and being a mom of two amazing girls who I homeschooled, I am always excited to see how things change for the better in the field of education. As a Live Online Classes teacher, I am part of an amazing movement toward greater learning options for students and teachers. I really enjoy teaming with my homeschool families to guide them as we take on the journey together of embracing new learning opportunities for our kids.

I hold a B.S. in Science and an M.S. in Secondary Education.

Angela Loych

I have 17 years of experience with students and families in a variety of roles, including second-grade teacher, mental health counselor, online educator, and substitute teacher. In my spare time, I volunteer with the children’s ministry at my church and am a Girl Scout Troop Leader for my two daughters.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Grove City College.

Tammy Lyons

I spent four years teaching elementary school and over 25 years working as a homeschool evaluator/advisor. In addition, I homeschooled my own two children from grades K-12. I love working at Bridgeway because it allows me to use my education and my personal experience with homeschooling to help and encourage others.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Laurie Micali

I taught first and third grade in public school for over a decade before becoming a Bridgeway advisor. I enjoy helping my Bridgeway families figure out the pieces to their curriculum puzzle to best meet their child’s needs.

I hold a B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology and an M.A. in School Counseling Services.

Stephanie Mills

I taught in a public elementary school in both first and third grades for many years before becoming an advisor with Bridgeway. I love being able to help provide families with the tools that they need to be successful with homeschooling!
 
I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed in Computers in Education K-12.

Christina Mondolo

I have been in the field of education for over 18 years and I have taught online for 2 years. I love homeschooling my own two children. We were able to live in Panama for two years while I was educating them from home. I got my Bachelors degree from Cal Poly Pomona in California.

Holly Morgan

After teaching in both public and private schools for 13 years, in everything from elementary to alternative middle school to high school science, I joined the amazing advisor team here at Bridgeway. I’ve been here seven years now and work as a high school advisor, one of the heads of our community building/community service initiative, and leader of three of our online clubs. I love being able to fully customize each student’s education for how they best learn. I also love being able to give them a head start on their future career path.

I hold a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education.

Evelyn Ochoa

My name is Evelyn and I live in the beautiful state of California.  I have many years of experience working with students at various levels of education with a variety of educational goals. Prior to working at Bridgeway, I worked as a College Advisor for 9-12 grade students, as a Physical Education Teacher and Substitute teacher.  I look forward to helping all of our Bridgeway families and guiding students through their educational journeys.

Victoria Ostertag

I worked as an Environmental Scientist for an EPA contractor, then as a Managing Underwriter for an environmental insurance company. I left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschooled my two boys, from K-12, who had very different learning styles. During our homeschooling years, I taught at co-ops and coached competitive speech and debate for teams that traveled nationally. Having used all forms and methods of homeschooling and varied types of curriculum, I love being able to use my experience to assist my families with their homeschooling journey.

I hold a B.S. in Environmental Earth Science and a M.S. in Administration.

Bobbijo Pinnelli

I have experience in both K12 and higher education both as a teacher and as an administrator. My favorite part of homeschooling is working with so many families worldwide. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History and a masters of education in Multicultural Education. I hold teaching certifications in English, Social Studies, and Family and Consumer Sciences. I am currently finishing my doctorate in Leadership and Administration.

Kristy Rhoads

As a homeschooling mom of two, I enjoy helping families pursue educational freedom and customized learning for their children. I currently teach in my local community at several homeschool co-ops. I am passionate about helping students succeed, and partnering with parents on the homeschooling journey.

I hold a B.S. in Behavior Science and an M.A. in Human Services – Counseling. 

Ashley Rose

I taught first and third graders in public school for nine years. I left teaching when I had my daughter and started working for Bridgeway when she was 7 months old. I have learned that there isn’t a “one size fits all” in education. Homeschooling allows families to tailor their child’s education in a way that is perfect for them. I love connecting with families and helping them do what is best for their children in this journey!

I hold a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a M.Ed. in Administration.

Christine Rosak

In 1991 I stepped into my first classroom, and throughout the years I have taught preschool, third grade, fourth grade, elementary music, and middle school language arts.

I hold a B.A. in Elementary Education/Bible and a M.S. in Education.

Darlene Sanderson

I taught Montessori school ages 3 to 5 for two years and taught first and second grade for 18 years in private school. I was a member of the Instructional Support Team, which was involved with individualizing instruction for struggling learners. I have been advising Bridgeway’s homeschool students for eight years. I enjoy helping students and families find their strengths and helping them to overcome negative experiences with learning.

I hold a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Erin Sarte

I have worked in the field of education for many years. I have spent some time as an Admission Counselor at a local college and worked for Microsoft as an Education Expert. I enjoy working with students and guiding them through their educational career.

I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Psychology.

Lauren Singer

I previously taught grades 9-12 for 3 years in a public school setting. I was the Director of Student Activities and Dean of Students for 2 years. I love working with students and families to help find a way of schooling that is customized and specialized to them so that they are able to be successful within their education. There is nothing more powerful than knowing that a student is earning their education and enjoying it, which is something you can never take away.

I hold a B.S. in  Biology, an M.Ed  in Instructional Technology, and a Leadership and Management in Education Certificate.

Angela Schmoyer

I was a Learning Support teacher for four years in an inner city school before taking some time off to be a stay-at-home mother to my two children. I love working for Bridgeway because I am able to use my degree to create curriculum that best fits a student’s learning style and ability.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. 

Sarah Skaar

I bring with me ten years of experience teaching English and English as a second language in public and private schools. I have also been the director of a small, education program for the past 5 years.  I hold a Bachelors Degree in psychology and am a Virginia state licensed teacher for grades PreK–12.  I am also nearing completion of a Masters Degree in library and information science. I have a lifelong love of learning and hope to share that positivity with the families and students of Bridgeway Academy.

Jill Sooy

I worked for seven years in a Montessori school where the curriculum and teaching methods allowed for an individualized education. At Bridgeway Academy, I am able to continue the process of helping students and families find that perfect fit for their education journey and help them reach their goals. I hold a B.A. in Psychology and Sports Medicine, a Master of Education, and a Master of Library and Information Science. My licensures include K-12 Reading and K-12 Library/Media.

Briana Temos

I worked in Alternative Education for four years, two years in an Emotional Support middle school classroom, and two years as a Mental Health worker for high school students. I have four children of my own, ranging in ages from 9 to 16. When they were younger, I ran my own successful childcare service in my home for six years. I have been a substitute teacher for grades K-12 in the public school system for the last four years. I also have Special Education and Pre-K teaching experience. I truly understand and have seen that the traditional school classroom setting does not work for everyone. I am proud that I get to help students and families with the best possible education experience that is made just for them!
 
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, which includes many psychology and writing courses. I am also Guest Teacher-certified for grades K-12.

Lauren Trimboli

I have 15 years of experience in educational settings. I have worked in a public school setting as a teaching assistant with students in grades K-3, as an early intervention teacher and an itinerant teacher in a Pre-K program, and most recently as a second-grade teacher in a technology-focused private school.  I am motivated to find the best individual path for each student that I encounter, and I feel that all students deserve the chance to reach their maximum potential. I truly want my students to enjoy their education and feel internally motivated to accomplish their own goals.

Elizabeth Werner

I taught as a special education teacher in New Jersey for 10 years before deciding to stay home with my own children for several years. I live in Pennsylvania with my family, and I love being an advisor with Bridgeway because it is so rewarding to customize academics to be the perfect fit for each student!

I hold a B.S. in Special Education and a M.Ed. in Reading.

Patrick Wilcox

I have a background as both a classroom teacher and a city planner. I am a husband, father, and recovering Detroit Lions fan. I am passionate about helping students make the best choices for their future while also building knowledge and experience. I believe each of us has hidden potential waiting to be unlocked. Education is so important – both for the ways in which it enriches us and the doors it unlocks. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Lee University. I am also working on becoming completely fluent in Spanish.

Betsy Joy Wilcox

I have worked with children since I was a kid myself. I love the energy and excitement youth brings. I taught in a traditional classroom setting for five years, teaching middle school English and history. I now have two small children of my own. My days are filled with working for Bridgeway, playing with my kids, and going to many musical concerts with my best friend, my husband. I truly love working for Bridgeway because we acknowledge that every child learns differently, and we endeavor to support your unique educational journey! 
 
I hold a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Lee University.

Jessica Yost

I have worked in various positions in education for over 20 years! I taught many different subjects from grades pre-K through 7, I was a director of a preschool, created curriculum for literacy development for preschool and kindergarten, and homeschooled one of my children. I’m so excited to be able to provide encouragement and support to my students and families at Bridgeway!

I hold a Business Management degree from Weber University and an Early Childhood degree from Penn State University.

Believe it or not, homeschooling is an adventure well worth the travel. Yes, it has its ups and downs but the outcomes–AMAZING! And we love exploring that adventure with our families.

Learn why so many families choose Bridgeway Academy and stay with us throughout their homeschooling career. Our unique approach honors your role as parent, provides your students with exactly what they need, and has the kind of variety keeps the adventure ever changing!

 

Bridgeway is always looking for bright, talented, motivated individuals. We invite you to browse our current list of openings here. And follow us on LinkedIn to hear about job openings as they are posted.

We believe that every child has the potential to achieve an amazing future. That when they embrace their unique design and recognize their God-given gifts and abilities, they can begin to prepare for a purpose-filled life. This is at the heart of everything we do.

Our Mission
To help students discover and pursue their personal excellence.

Our Vision
To positively impact the future through transformative education.

Our Core Values
To share Christ by loving others
To build a positive team and family spirit
To deliver “WOW” through top quality personalized academics and flexible homeschool programs
To pursue and support personal growth

 

Virtual Open House! Join us on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 2pm ET to learn the benefits of working with a homeschool academy.