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.

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

VP, Sales and Marketing

Lisa Ott

Director of Curriculum

Chris Koncur

VP, Technology

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 president and CEO of Northeast Educational Associates, 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. NEA is the parent company to Bridgeway Academy, Curriculum Express, and Elephango.com.

Jessica Morris

VP, Sales and Marketing

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.

Lisa Ott

Director of Curriculum

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.

Chris Koncur

VP, Technology

Chris’ love of computers began at the age of eight when he learned how to program games. He started his career in technology during his junior year at Widener University as a Systems Administrator while completing his last two years there with a B.S. in Computer Science. Chris cut his teeth during the Y2K and dot-com bubble as an Associate Director of Systems and Network Security at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he managed the Global Availability Center. From there Chris pivoted into his own web applications development consultancy in New York City until he transitioned back into gaming as CTO of Sonic Boom Games, where he assisted in growing the company into a class-leading mobile games and personalization applications publisher across mobile phone and desktop gaming. Most recently, Chris served as Vice President of Technology at Taylor Strategy, a sports-centric public relations company. Chris spends his down time with his wife and three children in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.

Our teachers are passionate about your child’s education.

Meet Our Teachers

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Jean Gierbolini

I have taught in traditional and online classrooms for 10 years, and I joined Bridgeway Academy in 2018. I love connecting with students from all over the world and exploring new ways to integrate technology and learning.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.S. in Reading, and an M.S. in Learning Design and Technology.

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!

Renae Green

I have been an educator for 29 combined years, including public, private, and home education. I’m also a professional writer with over 30 books (two of them bestsellers) and hundreds of articles published. My teaching style is part Miss Frizzle, part Night at the Museum, as I seek to engage students with laughter and learning. I live in Texas with my handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly perfect children, two dogs, a bunch of chickens, and one lonely duck.

I hold a B.A. in Elementary Education and English.

Fateca Grant

Hello, my name is Mrs. Fateca Grant and I bring you greetings from Vicksburg, Mississippi, where I have taught science for over six years. I have earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences along with my Specialist in Educational Leadership. I am very excited about teaching online because it provides more of an opportunity for students to think outside the box and to learn at their own pace.

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.

Courtney Markiewicz

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.

Courtney Medel

After earning my B.A. in English Literature, I traveled to South America to teach English as a Second Language. This experience made me realize I loved working in the classroom and inspired me to earn my Master’s degree in Education, specializing in Cross-Cultural Teaching. Since then, I have taught a variety of literature and writing courses, working with students ranging from kindergarten to high school. Some of my favorite teaching experiences have been working in alternative settings, such as teaching English literature to homeschooled students or working as a multi-subject private tutor.

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.

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.

Jason Torres

I have been teaching online courses for 13 years, mostly technology courses. Technology is my favorite subject, as you can probably tell since I’m teaching programming courses here at Bridgeway! I love teaching online because it allows me to help a wide variety of students in many different locations and many different situations.

I hold a B.A. in Secondary English Education and an M.A. in Instructional Technology/Media.

Tracy Wegleitner

As a Social Studies teacher in Germany, Texas, and now South Carolina, my course load included teaching classes from electives to Advanced Placement courses. I also spent several years in the education publishing industry as a sales representative and professional development manager.

I currently live in Aiken, South Carolina, with my husband Edwin, daughter Emma, son Robert, and two long-haired German Shepherds. I love to travel and spend the weekends at volleyball tournaments watching my kids compete.

I have a B.S. in Psychology and a Postbaccalaureate  in Social Studies Education with endorsements in History, Psychology, and Sociology.

Nicole Wiemann

I have been teaching a mix of Spanish, French, and EAL (English as an Additional Language) for over 15 years both internationally (South Korea and The Philippines) and in the United States. I love being able to support and teach students all over the world through online classes.

I hold a B.A. in Spanish/French Education and an M.S. in Language Education

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.

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

Meet Our Advisors

Daniel Amon

Director of Advising

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.

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.

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.

Cortney D’Amato

I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and started my career in 2011 as a public school counselor, working with K-12 students at varying times. Feeling trapped by the limitations of what I could do to help my students in this type of setting, I looked for a school where I could do more. I found exactly what I was looking for at Bridgeway Academy. I love being able to help each family on an individual level, and I have the support and encouragement from my staff at Bridgeway to be innovative and to do whatever it takes to help each of our students succeed!

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.

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.

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.

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.D. 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.D. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kristin Walters-Seidel

I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania called Pocono Lake. My husband and I are very fortunate and blessed to be parents to three amazing young ladies.

I’ve always loved the education world!  I have two degrees (B.S. in 7-12th grade, Social Studies and an M.A. in Reading, K-12th grade) from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. I spent several years in a brick-and-mortar school before diving head first into the cyber world! 

I love running! I love the freedom it gives me to choose my destination and pace. I love setting goals and working to achieve them. I’ve taken that passion and turned it into a way that I can spend more time with my daughters. I’ve been very lucky to coach their Girls on the Run team for the last six seasons. My passion for running has rubbed off on my children, and they have helped me incorporate that in the community! 

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.

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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