Welcome to our 2018-2019 Coaches!
Coach Melissa Pawul
Melissa Pawul is joining our team as a second grade teacher. She 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 James Powidel
James Powidel is joining our team as a second grade teacher. He is dedicated to preparing engaged learners to reach their greatest potentials and most fulfilling lives. He initiates a balanced educational environment that is challenging and rigorous, but also fun, composed, and safe for free expression. James holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, from Cleveland State University, a BA from Bowling Green State University, and has taught first grade in both Arizona and Ohio. He is a committed advocate of Project Based Learning and STEM education.
Coach Adeline Simon
Adeline Simon is joining our team as a third grade teacher. She 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 certification. 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 Kujawa
Karli Kujawa is joining our team as a third grade teacher. She 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 was a 3rd grade teacher at North Ridgeville Academic Center the past year, and is beyond excited to join the High Tech Academy team!
Coach Jennifer Detmar
Jennifer Detmar is returning for her second year at RHTA. She 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. 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 Erika Zavatchen
Erika Zavatchen is returning for her second year at RHTA. Her 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. She strives to empower her learners to think for themselves and recognize their importance in the community.
Molly Jeffrey is returning for her second year at RHTA. She 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 found her true passion in education through creating authentic learning experiences as a STEM coach.
Coach Sheila Woidke
Grade 7 & 8
Sheila Woidke is returning for her second year at RHTA. She 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. She is inspired to work with learners to help them understand their impact in the world.
Coach Jacklyn Tobia
Grade 7 & 8
Jacklyn Tobia is joining our team as a 7th and 8th grade teacher. She 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 is wrapping up 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 is looking forward to joining our team as an Intervention Specialist. Coach Pierro joins us after working for STEPS Academy inclusion program with Saint Adalbert. She has been teaching for 5 years and I 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 join the RHTA family and cannot wait for a fabulous 2018-2019 school year.
Coach Brian Asher
Brian Asher is excited to start a new chapter in his life by joining our team as an intervention specialist. After graduating high school Coach Asher served in the US Navy aboard the U.S.S. Stout. Upon finishing four years in the Navy he became a student at The Ohio State University. Coach Asher graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science then joined The U.S. Coast Guard and served four years on the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba. He received his Master’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Education in 2015. Coach Asher has been a high school special education teacher and ninth grade football coach for the past 3 years with Olmsted Falls High School. Recently engaged, his hobbies include reading comic books, playing sports, and watching Ohio State Football (Alumni & Fan for Life). He is truly excited to be leading future citizens of this great country, and strives to be the best role model and teacher he can be.
‘One person can make a difference, and everyone should try’ – J.F.K.
Coach Jason Labovitz
Jason Labovitz is a designer, educator, and musician; pursuing his interest between digital and physical mediums. His undergraduate studies included: music, recording technology, architecture, and environmental design. He received his Bachelor of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University in 2009 and furthered his interest in design as he completed his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Coach Labovitz has worked at architecture firms in Aurora, Cleveland, and Toledo Ohio, as well as Chicago, Illinois. He received his Post-Baccalaureate Teaching License in Integrated Mathematics from Cleveland State University in 2015 as well as a Teaching License in Visual Arts. Before joining the North Ridgeville City Schools he taught Graphic and Digital Design for three years in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Coach Labovitz is excited to announce that he will also be a Teaching Fellow with the Cleveland Museum of Art for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
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.
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