Welcome to our 2019-2020 Coaches!
Coach Melissa Pawul
Melissa Pawul holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Akron and a Reading Endorsement from Bowling Green State University. She comes to us with experience as a classroom teacher, title one teacher, tutor and classroom assistant. Coach Pawul’s children have spent their elementary years attending a STEM School and she is passionate about helping to advance Project Based Learning in her own career. She is looking forward to being part of a school that embraces an active, meaningful and engaging learning environment.
Coach Jessica Mossbruger
Coach Adeline Simon
Adeline Simon graduated in 2017 from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education along with her fourth and fifth grade endorsement and STEM teaching certificate. She also earned a Reading Endorsement through Ohio University. STEM is her passion, and she prides herself in crafting learning engagements that inspire students to be experimental in the classroom and take ownership in their learning. Her classroom provides a safe and positive environment for all learners to thrive in. Upon walking in her classroom, you will find students that are actively engaged in various hands-on activities and meaningful discussions. With a strong academic focus in a social learning environment, the students in Adeline’s classroom leave every day with new friends, new knowledge, and a positive attitude about school.
Coach Karli Samoson
Karli Samoson is committed to instilling a love for learning in her students through engaging learning experiences. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Akron, and received her K-12 Reading Endorsement from Ohio University. In previous years, she was on the safety committee and took an active role in ensuring the safety of the school and the students. She has worked in a variety of learning environments including a co-taught classroom, gifted studio, and inner city schools. She is beyond excited to be part of the High Tech Academy team!
Coach Hannah Freeman
Coach Jacob Elmhorst
Coach Erika Zavatchen
Erika Zavatchen's classroom learning environment promotes teamwork, collaboration, and a sense of community. Coach Zavatchen was inspired by her learners to develop a Project Based Learning environment and to build a school culture that promotes STEM ideals. She has had the privilege of working as an educator for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and the Parma City School District prior to becoming part of the North Ridgeville City Schools. Coach Zavatchen has planned and implemented professional development opportunities for her colleagues in the areas of technology integration, assessment, and fostering a positive learning environment, and establishing a STEM Elementary School. Coach Zavatchen has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Muskingum University, a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Baldwin Wallace College, and has been recognized as a Jennings Scholar. Coach Zavatchen has been trained through PBLworks in PBL coaching for other teachers. She strives to empower her learners to think for themselves and recognize their importance in the community.
Coach Sheila Woidke
Sheila Woidke finds working with learners in the middle grades fulfilling as this is a time in their life when young adults begin to forge their own identities and understand how they connect to the global community. Coach Woidke works to create a classroom that fosters collaboration and critical thinking skills and enjoys the interdisciplinary aspect of Project Based Learning. She feels that learners need to step outside of the classroom and experience real world learning. Throughout her career, Coach Woidke has worked with learners in both urban and suburban settings. She has a Master's Degree in Literacy from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, grades 1-8 from Cleveland State University. She also has experience mentoring new teachers as well as planning and providing professional development to teachers. Coach Woidke has national STEM certification and has been trained through PBLworks in PBL coaching for other teachers. She is inspired to work with learners to help them understand their impact in the world.
Molly Jeffrey is always looking for strategies to help push her learners to think deeply about what they are learning. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from John Carroll University and her Master of Arts in Education degree in Mild/Moderate Education Needs from Baldwin-Wallace College. She has taught in various classroom settings in grades K-8 as a general education teacher and intervention specialist. Coach Jeffrey has been trained through PBLworks in PBL coaching of other teachers. Coach Jeffrey has found her true passion in education through creating authentic learning experiences as a STEM coach.
Coach Jacklyn Tobia
Jacklyn Tobia is committed to creating a classroom environment where all her learners feel comfortable to take risks and excel. She enjoys integrating new technologies into classroom learning experiences. Coach Tobia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Childhood Education from Ashland University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Instruction with a concentration and endorsement in Gifted Learners from Cleveland State University. In addition to her time teaching in the classroom setting, Coach Tobia has nearly six years of experience working with students and staff at the Great Lakes Science Center. Through these experiences, she is able to guide learners in making innovative connections that helps make education authentic and engaging.
Coach Randi Muck
Mrs. Randi Muck M.Ed. was a Rotary Foreign Exchange student to Oaxaca, Mexico during her junior year of high school. She graduated from Muskingum College with a degree in Spanish and earned teaching licenses. She taught high school and elementary Spanish for 14 years while working on her Masters Degree in School Counseling. She was a high school guidance counselor at North Ridgeville High School before returning to the classroom in 2017. She loves travelling and teaching. She has traveled to Mexico 15 times with the most recent trip in August of 2018. She has traveled to Spain and France twice, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. During the 2018-2019 school year she will chaperone a community service trip to the Dominican Republic and lead a trip with her church to Argentina. She loves spending her free time with her family and volunteering with the children's and ladies' ministries at her church.
Coach Victoria Pierro
Victoria Pierro joins us after working for STEPS Academy inclusion program with Saint Adalbert. She has been teaching for 6 years and has experience working with grades K through 5. Coach Pierro graduated from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Special Education. Following graduation, she went on to receive her reading endorsement with Muskingum University. She is very excited to be part of the RHTA family.
Coach Emily Kairis
Coach Andrew Rodehorst
Coach Jennifer Detmar
Gifted Intervention Specialist
Jennifer Detmar has been teaching full-time since 1998, having a variety of experiences in inner city and suburban school districts. She has her 1-8 Generalist License, a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a license in Gifted Education K-12. Coach Detmar holds a Master Teacher designation from the state of Ohio and has won several awards throughout her career. She has always enjoyed math and science the most, followed by learning about languages and cultures around the world. Still, it is almost impossible to find her without a book! After being a Gifted Intervention Specialist for 15 years, she jumped at the chance to work in a Project-based Learning Program focusing on STEM fields. She began her interest in the Maker Movement in 2009, goes to the Detroit Maker Faire and local Mini-Maker Faires as often as possible, and absolutely loves integrating our fabrication lab into student projects. Coach Detmar has national STEM certification and has been trained through PBLworks in PBL coaching for other teachers. She is dedicated to encouraging critical thinking, collaboration, communication, self-reflection, creativity and using the design process throughout the school day, leading to learners who are ready to attack any challenge that comes their way!
Coach Kris Hill
Kris Hill brings her background in environmental science and enthusiasm for assisting learners with the fabrication equipment to RHTA. Two of her three children are enrolled at RHTA. Coach Hill’s hobbies include rollerblading, hiking, biking, and vacationing with her family.
Coach Rachel Oakes
Rachel Oakes brings seventeen years of experience to RHTA. She enjoys helping learners reach their potential. Last year, her expertise in gardening helped with our pollinator garden PBL and beautifying the campus. Coach Oakes’ hobbies include baking, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and daughters.