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Meet our talented, dedicated and experienced staff!

Our staff will work closely with you in small groups and one-on-one with students, addressing not only their learning issues but also their life situations that have prevented success in traditional schools.

  • Matthew Caprio US History Teacher
  • Mary Lou Ford Guidance (12)

    Education: University of Akron – BA – Education, University of Akron – MA – School Counselor

    I very much enjoy working with high school students. I taught high school French for 3 years before I received my degree in Counseling

    Lifetime Resident of Akron, Ohio

    Enjoy yard work, boating, reading


  • Stephanie Gardner Success Coach (10)

    Hello, my name is Stephanie Gardner, and I am the 10th grade Success Coach for the 23/24 school year.  I am Cleveland, OH born and breed and a product of Cleveland Public Schools and am still very connected with my high school as the Vice President of the John Hay Alumni Association. I obtained an Associate of Applied Business (Information Technology – Information Application Specialist) from Cuyahoga Community College along with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Education Technology from Cleveland State University. This school year marks my 36th year in the Education field (YIKES)!  I love meeting and working with students, although it can be quite challenging, the relationships I have built over the years make it worth it! I have twin sons, Jamal Austin and Jerrod Amir and am I am a caregiver for my Mother who is 92 and still loves to get in the kitchen to cook and bake for her family when she can. I love to travel when I can (although I have not been out of the country yet because I have a limit on how far I feel comfortable flying lol), seafood is my favorite food, love family gatherings, love to read but can only do it when I have absolutely nothing else to do because nothing else gets done if I get caught up in a good book!! LOVE ALL THE LAW AND ORDERS AND CHICAGO SHOWS & ABBOTT ELEMENTARY



  • Erikka Hardy CBI/CTE 9 Teacher

    My name is Mrs. Hardy and I am a CBI/CTE Instructor here at Gateway. I was born and raised in the Cleveland area where I graduated high school at Whitney M. Young. I continued my education at Cleveland State University, earning my bachelor's in health science and my master’s in educational technology. I have 3 children, 2 girls that are 4 and 11 and my son is 13 years old. I also have a Pitbull names Scar and a Russian Blue cat named Ganchu (my daughter named him when she was 3:). I enjoy being a traveling AAU mom and although it is hectic at times my family enjoy our adventures. My favorite places to vacation are Jamaica, Florida and Mexico. Although I am not into sports, I enjoy watching my son play basketball and watching the Cavaliers. I love working at Gateway because I enjoy helping kids. Working virtual allows me to reach a lot more kids that I wouldn't have access to otherwise.

Matthew Caprio US History Teacher
Mary Lou Ford Guidance (12)
Stephanie Gardner Success Coach (10)
Erikka Hardy CBI/CTE 9 Teacher
  • Mariah Bartlett English 11 Teacher



  • Devin Huffman Physical Science Teacher (12)

    Hello everyone! My name is Mr. Huffman. I was born and raised in Sidney, Ohio which is a town north of Dayton in the middle of corn fields. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and I have been working with Accel Schools for a year and a half. I will be teaching Biology, Physical Science, and Music Appreciation this school year. I currently live in the Columbus area and we have a dog named Nina. I am excited to get to know all of you and grow together at Gateway!

  • Molly Maurer English 9 Teacher

    Molly Maurer graduated from Stark State College with a degree in English Composition and from the University of Akron with a degree in education. She was homeschooled up until college, so she knows personally the benefits and challenges of doing school in an untraditional setting. This is her second year at Gateway and she's excited to help her students succeed again this year. A fun fact about her is that she has grapheme-color synesthesia, which means she sees letters and numbers in color.

  • Taylor McIntyre CBI/CTE 12 Teacher

    My Name is Mr. McIntyre and this is my 12th year as a Teacher! I grew up in North Canton and graduated from Hoover High School in 2008. I also attended the University of Mount Union, where I graduated (2012) with a bachelor's degree in history, and Ashland University, where I graduated (2017) with a master's degree in education. I live in Canton with my dog Truman. When I'm not going on adventures with Truman, I'm watching Browns, Cavs & Guardians games, or working on projects in my house or yard.

Mariah Bartlett English 11 Teacher
Devin Huffman Physical Science Teacher (12)
Molly Maurer English 9 Teacher
Taylor McIntyre CBI/CTE 12 Teacher
  • Linda New Intv Teacher (Math) (11)

    I live in Northeast Ohio on the shores of our beautiful Lake Erie. I’ve taken classes in schools from Madrid to Cuernavaca, most recently completing a language course in Slovenia this past summer. My M.Ed. is from Kent State University in Special Education. My husband and I love hiking and traveling. I have two adult children who live nearby and often join us on our adventures. Working at Gateway has given me an opportunity to meet many amazing students with inspiring stories of their own. I’m looking forward to the new school year!

  • Bridget Opgenorth Attendance Officer
  • Lauren Powell Consumer Math Teacher (12)

    My name is Lauren Powell and I am from Wooster, Ohio. I received my bachelors from The Ohio State University in Education & Family Sciences. I am married and my husband and I have two little girls. We have a mini goldendoodle, Max, who we just adore! For fun, we like to go to sporting events and to travel around with our girls!

  • David Ralph World History Teacher (11)

    I have been a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football, and eating (I love my family, football & food).  I have been married for 20 years and my wife and I have a 10-year-old son.  I attended Malone University and Kent State University.  I have experience as a detention officer, social worker, online tutor, preschool teacher (hardest job ever), substitute teacher, parent mentor, and an interviewer for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.  My favorite part about teaching for Gateway is connecting with students and helping them find success.  World History is my content area, but students are my focus.

Linda New Intv Teacher (Math) (11)
Bridget Opgenorth Attendance Officer
Lauren Powell Consumer Math Teacher (12)
David Ralph World History Teacher (11)
  • Jamie Ross English 10 Teacher

    Ms. Ross is a 10th grade English teacher entering her third year with Gateway and her fifth year of teaching overall. She graduated from Miami University in 2018 and when she wasn’t studying education, she spent her free time performing with an all-female a cappella group called the TrebleMakers. As a native Cincinnatian, Ms. Ross loves the Reds and most importantly, the reigning AFC North champs, the Cincinnati Bengals. WHO DEY!

  • Muriel Suttles Success Coach (11)

    I am Muriel Suttles a licensed social worker. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Antioch McGregor College and graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, Master of Social Work. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to perform, modeling, and line dancing for exercise. Fun fact: my free time usually includes hanging out and creating new, exciting, fun experiences with my great nieces and nephews!!!

  • Robert Carlson US Hist Teach (9)

    I teach U.S. History and Modern Art History. I love that Gateway supports students and also love that we provide flexible paths for students to graduate. I was born in the Cleveland area, grew up in Athens, and currently live in the Columbus area. Go Browns! Go Guardians! Go Cavs! Go Bobcats! Go Blue Jackets! I received my B.S. and M.A. in Geography, and my M.Ed. in Integrated Social Studies, all from Ohio University. I am currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching American History and Government from Ashland University. My wife Linda is a 4th grade teacher, and our son Henry is going into 1st grade. I enjoy learning languages on Duolingo, playing tennis, and taking Krav Maga classes. 

  • Traci Clark Guid Support (10/11)

    My name is Traci Clark, and I live in central Ohio with my family and Jack, our 3 ½ year old dog. I enjoy watching my daughter's sports, traveling, walking/ hiking, being on the water, and generally spending time outside. I'm a former classroom teacher and Success Coach and will be serving as the 9th and 12th grade Guidance Support Coach and one of the Onboarding Coaches this year. Welcome to Gateway Online Academy!

Jamie Ross English 10 Teacher
Muriel Suttles Success Coach (11)
Robert Carlson US Hist Teach (9)
Traci Clark Guid Support (10/11)
  • Torrence Craddieth Success Coach (12)

    My name is Mr. Craddieth, and I am the high school senior success coach. I am a huge Michigan Fan and also grew up in Michigan (GO BLUE). I attended the University of Toledo and earned my Bachelors in communication and Masters degree Liberal Studies and Education. I have two daughters and a son, Corwin, Carmen and Corinna.  This is my 15th in education, and I enjoy learning, growing and molding minds. Some of my hobbies include attending volleyball games, watching college football and reading any types of books related to historical facts about the world. One thing I like most about my job is connecting with students and encouraging them to think "outside the box." 

  • Pam Hague Intervention Specialist (12)

    I am starting my 10th year teaching and am very happy to be at Gateway. I have two daughters who are grown and busy working. Between my husband and I and our two daughters we have three dogs. They keep us very busy! We also went on vacation to St Louis MO this summer. Also, I love to read and like to spend time talking with others about books on Booktube.

  • Rose Morris Intv Teach (SS) (11)

    I am Rose Morris. This is my 8th year teaching. I have taught High School Special Education in a virtual setting for all 8 years! I was born and raised in Toledo and graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Special Education. I have worked at Gateway since last year and I love to talk to the diverse population of students and learn new things from them. I am a wife and mother of 3 daughters all under the age of 10. It’s very busy at my house. I live on a farm; we currently have a ton of chickens and a cat who we call Tiger. I love to garden, and we are starting to build our orchard. In my free time, I like to… well, if I had free time, I would be trying new recipes as well as going on adventures with my family including both big travel and mini trips. My favorite thing about our family (besides the people) is our non-negotiable rule for our travel/trips. Everyone on our trip is required to try something new. This can be a new food or experience, but something you have never done. We keep learning as a priority in our family.

  • Mirela Pashaj Algebra 2 Teacher (11)

    Mirela Pashaj is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Mirela has served over 17 years in education as a math teacher, math coach, and math adjunct faculty. She is married and has one daughter, one cat, and resides in Lakewood, Ohio. Her family enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time together. Mirela is excited about this school year working with staff and students, helping all students be successful at Gateway Online Academy, and helping them reach their goals towards graduation.

Torrence Craddieth Success Coach (12)
Pam Hague Intervention Specialist (12)
Rose Morris Intv Teach (SS) (11)
Mirela Pashaj Algebra 2 Teacher (11)
  • Nancy Passarelli Earth Science Teacher (11)

    My name is Ms. Passarelli I've been teaching science for 17 years. This is my 6th year teaching online. I am a former animal trainer turned teacher and love to share animal stories with my students:) I have a hubby and 2 kids, 19 and 16. We have 3 chickens, 1 dog, 2 cats, and 1 corn snake. I love all things nature. I'm so excited to be here and am ready for another fun filled year of science!

  • Elisabeth Paster Biology Teacher (10)
  • Elisha Volp Intervention Specialist (CBI/CTE) (12)

    I grew up in Clark and Champaign counties (middle western area of Ohio). I have a BS in Animal Science from THE Ohio State University and a Master’s in Education from Antioch University – Midwest. I have been married for 18 years and my husband, Greg and I have 2 daughters. Hannah is 15 and Lily is 11. We live on a working farm. We have horses, cows, donkeys, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, dogs and barn cats. In addition to 4-H, Marching Band and Swim Team activities, we also like to garden and preserve our harvests. I love working with students here at Gateway. I love the flexibility that Gateway offers its students and the ability to recover credits quickly to become eligible for graduation.


  • Abigail Walters School Counselor (10)

    I’m your 10th grade School Counselor with Gateway Academy. I’m originally from Pennsylvania; I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and it’s where I completed my schooling. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and my Master’s in School Counseling. After spending much time in the lab, it was clear to me that I was passionate most of all about the human experience, especially getting to connect with others, and wanted to pivot to a more person-centered field. I moved to Ohio just in the last few years with my first counseling position and I’m certainly enjoying it so far! One of my favorite things to do is go thrifting and antiquing in the city. I have a younger brother who I’m very close with, two silly cats, and a young daughter that my world absolutely revolves around. I love to travel; I studied Italian for four years when I was younger and, as it turns out, Italy is my absolute favorite place in the world. In any free time left over to myself, I have many hobbies that I explore specifically that allow the freedom of creative expression. I love to paint, draw, dance, knit, write, collage, photograph, digital design, teach, and so much more; I’ve even written two books. New Girl is my favorite show of all time, green is my favorite color, and I collect bottle caps, bookmarks, and memorabilia from all the adventures I take with my family. Who am I? I’m almost thirty years old and I still believe in the magic in the world.


Nancy Passarelli Earth Science Teacher (11)
Elisabeth Paster Biology Teacher (10)
Elisha Volp Intervention Specialist (CBI/CTE) (12)
Abigail Walters School Counselor (10)
  • Darlene Weber Government & Economics Teacher (12)

    I am new to the state of Ohio. Recently, I moved from Florida where I earned a Bachelor's degree in the Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University. Shortly thereafter, I earned a Master’s degree in Education technology. I have 15 or more years of high school teaching experience.  One of the main reasons I love teaching is the genuine good-natured character of my students. They make my day a happier one. Finally, I have been married for 35 years and have two grown children, two young grandchildren, and two dogs.  It has been a pleasure working with the Gateway community.


  • Tara Buckridge Phys Sci Teacher (9)

    I'm from Stark County, Ohio. I went to the University of Mount Union, where I obtained my degrees in Biology, and Life Science Education. I'm married to my high school sweetheart with a dog named Crosby, and a cat named Walnut. I love the outdoors and do everything I can to stay outside. I also love to read, and there's never a time that I'm not listening to music. 

  • Brianna Budwit PE/Health Teacher (10)

    I teach Health and Physical Education as well as Character Education. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio where I continued my education at the University of Toledo. After obtaining my degree, I started my teaching career in sunny Las Vegas! Now with 2 children(5 and 3 years old) we have settled down back in Ohio where we have 5 chickens, 2 rabbits and 1 dog. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. We enjoy taking golf cart rides down our country roads. If I am not teaching or spending time with my family, you will find me at Target or a thrift store!

  • Jennifer Cobern CBI/CTE 10 Teacher

    This is my first year at Gateway, but it isn't my first year to teach students virtually. I have 13 yrs. experience as an online teacher, and 5 yrs. experience teaching at a traditional brick-n-mortar high school. Growing up, I attended Northmor High School. At The Ohio State University, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Education. A couple years later, I decided to earn my Masters of Teaching and Learning from, Kaplan University, as an online student.  At Ashland University, I took courses to become a licensed Intervention Specialist, then went back to OSU for my Career Based Intervention Endorsement. My husband and our dog and 5 cats, reside in Galion, OH.  When I'm not teaching, I enjoy; spending time with my family & pets, baking, sewing and crafting, shopping, and being outdoors.  I look forward to working with the students and families of Gateway! Students, no matter what, don't give up!  When you become frustrated, instead of quitting, I encourage you to reach out to myself of another Gateway staff member.  Together we will work through the obstacle. 

Darlene Weber Government & Economics Teacher (12)
Tara Buckridge Phys Sci Teacher (9)
Brianna Budwit PE/Health Teacher (10)
Jennifer Cobern CBI/CTE 10 Teacher
  • Rebecca Dadisman Lit. Support; Myth (9)

    I grew up in a small town in northwest Ohio.  I attended Bowling Green State University where I met the love of my life who is now my husband of 18 years.  I never imagined that I would end up back in northwest Ohio, but I returned to teach here.  I taught junior high and high school English for almost 20 years. During that time, I obtained two master’s degrees in teaching.  Now, I am happy to be with Gateway as an English Intervention and Mythology teacher. Outside of school, I love to hang out with my family which includes two girls and two boys ages 16, 13, 10, and 7.  I also have a big German Shepherd who only loves me and an embarrassingly large number of cats.  When we meet, you can try to guess how many!  We are a football family! You can catch me watching my son play on his 8th grade team or at home rooting for the Browns! We stay busy with all of our kids’ activities such as soccer, volleyball, football, and art.  Her daughters loves anime and often cosplays for fun while her sons love video games such as Fortnite, COD, and FNAF.  Mrs. Dadisman would love to get to know you more, too.  She hopes to see you in the classroom!

  • Haleigh Dean Math Intv (10)
  • Brook Endly Eng. 12

    Hello! I’m Brooke Endly and I am teaching 12th grade English Language Arts ag Gateway Online Academy. This is my first year as a full time teacher and I am excited to begin my career and get to know all of my students. I’m originally from a small town in Southeastern Ohio, where I also attended Muskingum University. I currently live in Columbus with my fiancé, Joey. Some things to know about me: I love to read on my kindle in the evenings, specifically Crime fiction and Romance novels. I am getting a Cockapoo puppy at the end of August and naming her Molly. I love the show Gilmore Girls and have re-watched it multiple times. Coffee is my favorite thing to drink. Finally, I love to go on long walks around my neighborhood while listening to the latest True Crime podcast. I am excited to get to know all of my students this school year, and watching them excel in their academics and graduate high school!

  • Trena Falencki Guidance (9)

    I grew up in Northeast Ohio and have lived in Lorain for.34 years. I have been married to my husband, Paul, for 32 years and we have three children.  I attended the University of Toledo for my undergraduate degree and I earned a master’s degree from Ashland University and my school counseling licensure from Cleveland State University.  I love all Cleveland sports teams and enjoy going to the Cleveland Browns games!  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to live music, playing cards, and traveling.  I am excited to be working with the students at Gateway this year!  I a looking forward to helping students meet their goal of earning a high school diploma and helping them preparing to enter into the next phase of life.


Rebecca Dadisman Lit. Support; Myth (9)
Haleigh Dean Math Intv (10)
Brook Endly Eng. 12
Trena Falencki Guidance (9)
  • Nathaniel Ferrer Geom Teacher (10)

    I'm Mr. Ferrer and I teach Geometry at Gateway.  I grew up outside of Cleveland, OH and went to undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  I spent a little over 6 years as an officer in the Submarine Navy, most of which I was stationed on the USS Dallas.  I have a wife, 2 kids (1 middle schooler, and 1 high schooler).  We travel to the Philippines (where my father was from) as much as possible.  We live with 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 frogs, and a fish.  I enjoy listening to and playing music, exercise, and video games.  I've taught high school math for several years and, while new to Gateway, I am already enjoying working with the students and staff here.

  • Erica Fultz-Calhoun Chem/Anat Teacher (12)

    Hi! My name is Mrs. Erica Fultz-Calhoun, but I go by Mrs. Calhoun. Southern Ohio is where I call home with my husband and our many pets. Here at Gateway, I am a high school science teacher and have a license in integrated science. In 2017 I graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a bachelor’s degree in Adolescent to Young Adult Physical Sciences Education and an associate’s degree in chemistry. During my time in education, I have worked with students of all ages in an array of science classes. Outside of school, I enjoy rescuing animals of all shapes and sizes, reading, and working on my vintage cars.

  • Kayla Haag World Hist/Elec (10)

    Hello! I am Kayla Haag and I teach World History A and B and Personally Psychology here at Gateway. I was born in Akron, Ohio but mainly grew up in Valley View, Ohio. l am the oldest of 3 siblings, l have a younger sister and brother. I graduated from the University of Akron with my Bachelor's in AYA Integrated Social Studies and History. When not teaching I enjoy camping and cooking.

  • Casey Kitchen Intv Teacher (Sci) (9)

    Hello, my name is Casey Kitchen, I grew up in Fostoria, Ohio and currently live just outside of Fostoria. I graduated from Fostoria City Schools and went on to get my bachelor’s degree from The University of Findlay. I am married and have two young boys, as well as two dogs! In my free time I love to travel, play sports, and camp at different state parks. I am a huge sports fan. I root for the Cleveland Cavilers, Browns, Guardians, and am also a die-hard Buckeyes fan! My perfect vacation is my annual trip to Mexico in the Cancun area. A fun fact about myself is that I played in the baseball  Little League World Series at age 13 and 14 and finished 4th place as a team both years as well as winning the team MVP award both years! I am excited to be a part of the  Gateway family and help students achieve their goals of graduating and getting prepared for future endeavors.  

Nathaniel Ferrer Geom Teacher (10)
Erica Fultz-Calhoun Chem/Anat Teacher (12)
Kayla Haag World Hist/Elec (10)
Casey Kitchen Intv Teacher (Sci) (9)
  • Renee Maedeker Math Teach (Alg 1) (9)

    Hello! I am Renee Maedeker and I am teaching Algebra 1. I have a huge passion for teaching mathematics. I believe all students have worth and the ability to succeed. I will do my best to invest my time and talents in my students. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. I grew up in and still am enjoy living in the Columbus area. Some things my husband, daughter, dog, and I like doing together include bike riding, hiking, camping, swimming, going to the library especially for story time, having fun on the playground and other preschooler adventures.

  • Madeline Marston Intv Teach (ELA) (9)

    My name is Madeline Marston and I am excited to start the first year of my teaching career with Gateway! I attended university online at Western Governors University for a degree in Special Education so I look forward to sharing my tips and tricks for online learning with my students, and to have that in common with them. In my free time, I love to play music, and travel around the US and Caribbean to perform. I have a black cat named Spooky who loves to join me on camera.

  • Islam Muheisen Guid Support (10/11)

    I was born and raised in the metro-Detroit area. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors degree in biology. I received my Masters in Biology from Cleveland State University. In the past, I’ve taught college level biology and physics. I find the most reward and enjoyment, however, working with High school students. I joined Gateway as a Guidance and Onboarding coach to help give high school students a space to grow and excel. I have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. I enjoy spending my time with my family, reading, and baking.

  • Gregory Oxley Alg/Geom Teach (11)

    Mr. Oxley joins Gateway Online Academy Ohio with 34 years experience teaching mathematics, music, and physics at the high school, junior high school, and career college levels. Mr. Oxley has been a Mathematics Specialist, focusing on not only teaching algebra and geometry, but also the Math of Personal Finance applied to algebra, as well as tutoring math to individual students for improving their test taking strategies and their test scores. Coming from several virtual schools with his wealth of experience, Mr. Oxley has a Master's Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of the Cumberland's, plus studies at both Miami University and the University of Cincinnati to earn teacher certifications in mathematics and physics, in 1991, and continuing on through 2015. Also, in this time period, Mr. Oxley has developed online curriculum and delivered online instruction at the career college level and high school level. Mr. Oxley will continue to use his leadership training, experience, and math teaching strategies to benefit Gateway Online Academy's students whom struggle with algebra 1, 2, and geometry. These three areas have been his favorite math subjects for all 34 years of his career. His students are encouraged to ask questions when they really want and need help. He looks forward to getting to know our students and leading them to success in math, success in graduating, and success in life!


Renee Maedeker Math Teach (Alg 1) (9)
Madeline Marston Intv Teach (ELA) (9)
Islam Muheisen Guid Support (10/11)
Gregory Oxley Alg/Geom Teach (11)
  • Alyssa Painter Intv Teacher (ELA)(10)

    This is my 6th year as an Intervention Specialist. I am so excited to join Gateway to continue to inspire students and see everyone succeed for a better future! I grew up in a very small town called Waynesville, Ohio. I graduated from Wright State University with my Bachelors of Science, and Masters in Education. Most recently I gradated from American College of Education (ACE) with my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership. I love spending as much time with my family, friends, and four dogs. I am a coach at TITLE Boxing Club and love to remodel homes. I am a huge Bengals (Who-Dey) and Ohio State fan (O-H.....) and I love to watch Football. If I had the perfect vacation it would be with my family and friends on the beach. 



  • Ray Prueitt Consumer Math/Algebra 2 Teacher (12)

    My father was a career Army officer so we moved around a lot. I have lived in Oklahoma, What used to be West Germany, New Jersey, Georgia, Dayton, Ohio, Georgia again, Missouri and finally Kentucky. I graduated from Northern Kentucky University and began teaching in Kentucky before moving to Cincinnati where I still live with my 16 year old Yorkie. My favorite sport is basketball; I coached high school teams before moving to Cincinnati. I have been to Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Cocoa Beach and Gatlinburg for family vacations. My favorite has always been Myrtle Beach due to the atmosphere, other things to do besides the beach and it takes a lot less time to get there and back compared to Florida. 

  • Brianna Rebera School Counselor (11)

    I am very excited to get know all of my students this school year! I grew up in Leroy, Ohio which is a small town near Painesville. I have an Associate of Science degree, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Students with a concentration in Child and Youth Development, and I have a Master of Education in Professional School Counseling. I received all of my degrees from Kent State University...go Flashes! I currently live in Painesville with my husband and two dogs. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with family/friends. My favorite sports team is the Cleveland Guardians! What I love most about my job is being able to form strong connections with my students and watching their growth throughout the years. 


  • Debbie Reichard-Smith School Psych

    I live in the Dayton, Ohio area which is where I’m from! I attended THE Ohio State University where I studied psychology and then the University of Dayton for School Psychology. I am a school psychologist here at Gateway Online Academy. I lived in Cincinnati for 15 years and recently returned to Dayton. My family is small- I have a Husband who is a physical therapy assistant, and my son is a red head 10-year-old that loves baseball. I also have an 8 pound dog Chewy; a hamster and a hermit crab.  I love Swimming, singing, and I am a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and my son has me liking the New York Yankees. Together we want to visit every MLB ballpark. For vacations, we have visited ballparks, but also like going to lakes or beaches. I like to waterski, swim, bodyboard, run in the sand and eat seafood! I just started with Gateway but I am excited to help students graduate and serve in a school that can reach out to students all over Ohio!



Alyssa Painter Intv Teacher (ELA)(10)
Ray Prueitt Consumer Math/Algebra 2 Teacher (12)
Brianna Rebera School Counselor (11)
Debbie Reichard-Smith School Psych
  • Angie Robinson CBI/CTE 11 Teacher

    I am a Career Based Intervention teacher. I earned a Master’s level education and have experience mentoring high school students.  My goal is guiding students to success as they transition to the workforce. Using various tools and assessments, students can identify what is a good fit for them. So, let’s start planning!

  • Stephanie Salyer Intv Teacher (Math) (10)

    My name is (Stefanie) Rene Salyer, and I serve as an intervention specialist for Gateway Online Academy! This is my third year in education and my second time teaching in a virtual setting. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with my bachelor's in intervention and master's in special education. I am also completing an education specialist degree in behavior analysis and a graduate certificate in neuroscience. Outside of the school setting, I serve as a state-level leadership team member for the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Ohio. When I'm not busy studying or working, you can often find me spending time with my husband and pets. My husband is also a high school educator. We love to spend our evenings exploring our community with our two pomskies. If it is the weekend, you can often find me playing one of my thirteen instruments, going on a long hike, or watching one of my favorite sports teams.

  • Lea Schweizer Intv Teacher (ELA) (11)

    This is my 8th year teaching but my first year with Gateway and my first year online. I grew up in a tiny little town near Cincinnati, Ohio and still live in the Cincinnati area now. Who Dey!! I went to the University of Cincinnati for my undergraduate degree and the University of Dayton for my masters degree. I have been married to my husband Jacob for three years and we have a one year old daughter. We also have one dog and one cat, and I would love to add some more cats to the mix soon! Cat lady through and through. In my free time I love to be outdoors, kayaking, going for a walk, or just hanging out in the fresh air (as long as it’s not too cold). Fall is my favorite time of year and I love all things spooky, horror movies are my favorite! 👻

  • Cori Elaine Shaw English 10/English 11 Teacher

    Hi! My name is Cori Shaw, and this is my 1st year teaching at Gateway. I grew up in Washington Court House, Ohio, where I currently live with my husband and 2 boys. I went to the University of Cincinnati for 2 years before I transferred to Wright State, where I graduated with my bachelor’s & master’s degrees. I love to read, cook, take walks, and go on vacations with my large family…all 20 of us! I’m also a fan of THE Ohio State University and the San Francisco 49ers.

Angie Robinson CBI/CTE 11 Teacher
Stephanie Salyer Intv Teacher (Math) (10)
Lea Schweizer Intv Teacher (ELA) (11)
Cori Elaine Shaw English 10/English 11 Teacher
  • Kelly Strobel English 9/English 12 Teacher

    I'm thrilled to say this is my 15th year teaching English. I grew up in North Royalton, Ohio and graduated with an Integrated Language Arts Education degree from Ashland University in 2009. I began my teaching career in a Cleveland area private school before moving to Toledo in 2014 where I taught for six years in the Bowling Green City School District. For the past few years, I’ve taught virtual high school English classes for public school students throughout Lake and Geauga counties as part of the ESC of the Western Reserve. This is my first year with Gateway and I will be teaching English 9 and English 12 as well as Credit Recovery. I now reside once again in the Northeast Ohio area; I would say I’m a casual Cleveland sports fan. Some of my hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, decorating, watching TV and movies, and reading mystery and fantasy series. My husband and I love to go on vacations to Orlando, Florida, visiting both Universal Studios and Disney World. I really enjoy doing anything musical, artistic, or creative. For example, I love to paint with watercolor and acrylic as well as design my own jewelry. I taught myself to play Taylor Swift songs on the acoustic guitar. Lastly, I know this sounds cliché as an English teacher, but my favorite activity of all is writing. It is my dream one day to become a published novelist. I am looking forward to a great school year at Gateway! I would like my students to know that I support them 100%. I am always here to listen and problem solve the best solution.  I want nothing more than to see them be successful. 

  • Laurie Wikle Intv Teacher (Sci) (12)

    I am an Intervention Specialist at Gateway Online Academy. I grew up in Wellington, Ohio where I enjoyed spending time at the Lorain County Fair every August.  I received my Bachelor's degree at Baldwin Wallace University and my Master's Degree at Ashland University.  I have two sons, Rylan who is 23 and is finishing up his last year of physician assistant grad school at the University of Mount Union where he also attended undergrad and played soccer.  Yes, I was a soccer mom!!  My younger son Cody is 20 and he just completed paramedic school and plans to become a firefighter in the near future. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Bob, for over 28 years!!  In my free time, I enjoy working out, taking walks in the Metroparks, golfing, and hanging out with friends and family.  My favorite sports team is the Cleveland Browns and I hope to live long enough to see a Super Bowl Championship some day! My perfect vacation is heading to a beach.  My favorite beaches include Treasure Island and Destin, both in Florida.  What I like best about Gateway is the super supportive staff and administration.  I also enjoy helping students achieve their goal of graduating and earning their diploma.


  • Emily Humphrey 9/12 Guidance Support

    Ms. Humphrey is a Guidance Support Coach with Gateway Academy. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and holds a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Cleveland State University. Ms. Humphrey taught Language Arts and Social Studies and also served as an elementary Technology Coordinator before joining Gateway. She is committed to supporting our students and excited to help them as they work toward their academic goals. In her free time, Ms. Humphrey loves to read.

  • Nicole Poe Success Coach (9)
Kelly Strobel English 9/English 12 Teacher
Laurie Wikle Intv Teacher (Sci) (12)
Emily Humphrey 9/12 Guidance Support
Nicole Poe Success Coach (9)
  • Mckenzie Weaver CBI 12, Gov/Econ CRX Teacher
  • Jennifer Priest SCHOOL COUNSELOR

    Jennifer is the SCHOOL COUNSELOR at Gateway Online Academy of Ohio. She is so excited to be a part of the team at Gateway and looks forward to forming lasting relationships with her students. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and then went on to receive masters in School Counseling from Wright State University. She has been a school counselor since 2011. Her favorite part about this job is seeing students through this stage of life and watching them develop into independent, strong young adults. Her and her husband, along with their three children, live on a farm raising many animals. Spending time outdoors with family is her favorite thing to do!

  • Alisha Galea Intervention Specialist

    I was born and raised in a small FAR northern California town. I attended California State University Sacramento for my Criminal Justice and Psychology undergrad and continued to the University of the Pacific to obtain my Master's in education. I live on a houseboat in Middle Tennessee where I spend my free time with my family and friends. Summer is my favorite season and once the lake temps warm up you will find me out of the water wake surfing, riding jet skis, wakeboarding, or even floating around. We have two teenage daughters in high school and one dog named Willow who is 13 years old and still full of life. I love to travel, snowboard, snorkel, fish, and go on a good long hike.

Mckenzie Weaver CBI 12, Gov/Econ CRX Teacher
Alisha Galea Intervention Specialist

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