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Born in Pennsylvania

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

Jessica Morris


Chris Hardin

Head of School

Jeff Miller

VP, Technology

Lisa Ott

VP, Product Development

Jessica Parnell


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

Jessica Morris


Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of  Marketing degree. She has over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, spanning public relations, marketing, social media, campaign management, team leadership, and strategy.  Jessica enjoys using analytical expertise to align strategy to goals, and has a passion for providing innovative, individualized choices in education. Jessica teaches collegiate courses at the local level, including Principals of Marketing.

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.

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.

Carla Berg

I have spent the last 11 years teaching science and math to students between second and eleventh grades. I taught 3 years in a traditional classroom setting and 8 years in an online setting. I have taught Algebra, Physical Science, Biology, Honors Biology, Chemistry and General Science. I lives with my husband and two kids in Connecticut. We love to go to the beach and explore new things. On a typical weekend I spend time at my son’s hockey game, my daughter’s soccer game and time hiking or playing outside. 
I hold a B.S. in Marine Science.

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!

Susan Bristel

I have been a teacher for 34 years, 24 of which were spent teaching students in the elementary grades. During the last 10 years, I was a Reading Specialist in a high school. I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Literacy. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to teach fourth and fifth graders in a virtual classroom. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to working with your child in this setting.

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. 

Tiffany Duman

I have 7 years of experience working with children ages 2-17 in traditional and non-traditional educational roles. I enjoy infusing technology into my teaching and I believe in movement, song, and dance to enhance a child’s learning experience. I like teaching to each child’s educational and social/emotional needs.  I received my B.A. in History and my Master’s in Teaching degree along with my Elementary Teaching Certification. In my downtime, I love to travel to the beach, spend time outdoors, and be creative with photography and painting.

Michelle Eichelberger

I have been teaching in Pennsylvania public schools since 1988. My certification areas include Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, and I have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. During my career I have been involved with online learning and developing online courses since 2006.

Angela Ellis

Hello! My name is Angela Ellis. I’ve been teaching math since 1995 and teaching online courses since 2005. I love teaching math online because I enjoy the process of building a little learning community of students from all different places. I love to help students discover math ideas together.

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.

Ryan Ferree

I have been teaching professionally for 4 years both in the classroom and online environments, but we have homeschooled our children for much longer than that. I found my love for teaching and math while serving in the U.S. Air Force. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Mathematics Education at Nova Southeastern University.

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 Gasco

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.

Tim Glackin

I taught high school history for 32 years in American urban and rural public schools. I also earned my ELL teaching certificate and taught Central American migrant students ESL. My Bachelor’s is from Shippensburg University and my Master’s is from Southern New Hampshire University. Both degrees are in American History. In 1993, I lived in Sano-Shi, Japan, where I taught middle school English. I currently live in Lancaster, Pa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lateria Joiner

Every student can learn is my philosophy! I have over 16 years of experience teaching mathematics and supporting students with special needs in both the secondary and post-secondary setting. I am a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, and a Specialist Degree in Education Technology. I am also a graduate of Walden University with a Doctoral Degree in College Teaching and Learning.

Mary Katherine Kittrell

I have spent the last six years teaching in public education, and I love connecting with students from all over the world and sharing in my love for learning.

I hold a B.S. in Ed in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia.

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.

Ingrid Kovacs

I have my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University. I’ve been teaching for over 35 years both online and on campus. I’ve worked with students from age 3 through doctoral, but my favorite ages to work with are middle- and high school students.

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.

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.

Linda Monroe

I have 33 years of teaching experience at the high school level. I have an M.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University. I have taught chemistry, physics, dual credit chemistry and AP chemistry. I enjoy getting to know my students and setting them up for success. My husband and I like to travel and enjoy our LEGO and model railroad hobbies.

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.

Gina Natale

I taught in public schools for seven years, and now I love having the capability to teach students all over the world and sharing experiences with them. I live in Central New York with my husband and two daughters.

I hold a MSED is in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education. My Bachelors is in Vocational Education.

Asha Patke

I graduated with B.Sc, M.A, and M.Ed degrees and have over 37 years of teaching experience in Kenya, Tanzania, India, and the U.S.A. I am passionate about teaching science! I also love to paint in my free time.

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!

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.

Veronica Raley

I have a Master’s Degree in Biology Teaching from the University of Washington (Seattle) and hold a Florida Professional Educator Certificate (Biology 6-12). I have been teaching and leading in K12 schools for more than 16 years. I am committed to making strong connections with my students and helping them be successful in biology and beyond. 

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.

Tammy Reeves

I’ve always known I wanted to teach. I’ve been a high school math teacher and tutor for the past 6 years, though, I started out as a music teacher. I have a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in the Art of Teaching Mathematics.

Some folks say that math is for the “left-brain”, analytical type people. Well, I don’t think that’s true! I’m not necessarily one of those left-brain people, and math is DEFINITELY for me! I see math through a lens of creativity and problem-solving. As a teacher and tutor, I try to help kids make connections and understand math through their own lens.

Erica Restum

I am a science teacher from Brooklyn, NY. I have taught Earth Science and AP Human Geography for 10 years. Incorporating educational technology is a passion of mine as I believe it best engages 21st-century learners and helps to develop skills they will need for the future. I love to inspire student’s curiosity about the world around them and help them develop the skills needed to become future scientists. When I’m not teaching, I love to play with my dog, read, and do Pilates. 

Susan Shaw

My name is Susan Shaw. I’ve been teaching for 28 years, most of which were spent teaching Math. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Mathematics, and I live in Texas with my 16-year-old son and our two dogs. I love the challenge of online teaching and the way students from all over come together in a virtual classroom to learn.

Kelly Richardson

I have worked in the educational field for almost 9 years–engaging students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities like creating STEM-based curriculum. As an Educational Assistant with the University of Maryland Extension 4-H youth development program, teaching our youth to think outside of the box and to watch them learn with confidence gives me the greatest of joys. I have my Associates degree in Homeland Security/Emergency Management and I am a veteran musician with the United States Marine Corps. I am looking forward to working with your family.

Veronica Robinson

I have taught English for the past ten years at the secondary level in public charter schools. I enjoy teaching children and I am truly inspired by each one I meet. Online teaching is amazing for its flexibility and adaptability for a multitude of different learners. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Psychology with a minor in English, and my master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix.

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.

Juliet Simmons

I have been teaching science courses for over 14 years in Florida. I have an accounting degree and was a C.P.A for a few years before I went back to university and received a degree in Chemistry and certification to teach Science. I have taught mostly Chemistry and AP Chemistry, but I have also taught Earth Science, Marine Science, and Biology. I taught 8 years at a public school and 6 years at a private Catholic school. I have been teaching online since last March and I enjoy working with students from across the country.

Ferah Smith

My teaching career includes teaching English as a Second Language overseas, substitute teaching at public schools, and tutoring public school students from elementary to high school levels. I have B.A. in ESL Education, a Master of Arts in teaching, and a Master of Science in psychology.  I value homeschooling and education in general, enjoy supporting learners to achieve their educational goals, and strongly support diverse learners with their diverse needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending some time with my grandson who is 4 years old, reading, taking my two little dogs to walk, and traveling when possible.

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.

Carol Stumpf

My name is Carol López Stumpf. I am originally from Puerto Rico, a very small island in the Caribbean. I studied Spanish and English Education at Southeastern LA University and completed my Master’s in Romance Languages at the University of New Orleans. This will be my fifteen year teaching Spanish and I absolutely love it! 

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.

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.

Rene VanLingen

I love teaching mathematics and have taught in the United States, the Netherlands, the UK, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to a myriad of students for decades. I attended the United States Military Academy, Arizona State University, Stanford University, and the University of Cambridge and have a master’s degree from Stanford in mathematics/education. I am married, have 3 children, and a cat named ‘Ten-oh’.

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.

Kaitlyn Zimmerman

I have been involved in education for many years in a variety of roles and am excited to connect with students all over the world and to explore education virtually. I hold a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Lancaster Bible College.

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.

Jocelyn Crosby

Instructional Technology and Systems Specialist

My passion for making online education learner-focused and meaningful drives my day. I have experience as an online educator, where I worked to deliver quality instruction to remote students. Additionally, my prior work as a Educational Technology Coach involved working with teachers and families to solve problems and create a superior user experience in online education. I hold a B.M. in Music Education and Flute Performance, as well as a M.M. in Music History, from Temple University.

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.

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. 

Rhonda Dausman

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, and I currently 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 openings or simply send us your résumé for consideration.
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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.