High School Faculty

Online High School Teachers and Academic Advisors

As a high school student at PCDI Canada, you have access to knowledgable and experienced online high school teachers and academic advisors. James Madison High School is the high school division of Ashworth College and a sister school to PCDI Canada. By enrolling in James Madison High School, you gain access to convenient and flexible curricula, along with teachers and academic advisors whom are committed to your success.

The impressive credentials of our dedicated high school teachers and staff are comparable to those of the best high school educators in accredited schools across the nation.

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Gloria Ananing, Academic Advisor

  • M.S., Pre-Clinical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine
  • B.S., Mathematics, Mercer University

Gloria is currently studying for the MCAT in hopes to attend medical school in the near future. She aims to positively impact the community's health by becoming a general surgeon.

 

Marta Anderton, Teacher

  • M.A., Education, Whittier College
  • B.S., Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Marta has taught English for over 11 years at the middle, high school, and college levels in both traditional and online environments. She has earned her English teaching credential in three states and two countries, resulting in many diverse educational adventures. She loves discovering and implementing innovative practices that help students achieve.

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Christina Baker, Teacher

  • M.A., California State University
  • State of California Educator Certificate, English (6–12)

Christina Baker has been an educator, tutor and a writer for over ten years. She has experience teaching grades K-12 with an emphasis in the language arts for 7-12: reading, writing, English fundamentals, literature, and rhetoric.

 

Victoria Barbour, Teacher

  • B.S., Mathematical Science, Clemson University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Victoria has more than six years of experience in the teaching field. Her diverse academic roles and innovative teaching experiences have been both online and in the classroom. She has experience teaching high school and middle school mathematics in Georgia.

 

Keiva Benjamin, Academic Advisor

  • B.A., Psychology, Francis Marion University

Keiva, a recent graduate, has volunteered this past year at public schools and recreational centers. She assisted students academically, promoting student learning. This encouraged her to further her career in Education with assisting career students to achieve their goals within their respective fields of study.

 

Sherri Billings, Teacher

  • M.A.T., Mathematics, Kennesaw State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Kennesaw State University
  • B.S., Computer Science, Kennesaw State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12); State of New Hampshire Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Sherri currently holds certificates to teach secondary mathematics in two states. For the past eight years, Sherri has taught secondary mathematics courses in various academic settings, including private school classrooms and online, through the university level. She has also applied her knowledge of database software and systems to market research projects for large corporate clients.

 

Nadia Blake, Teacher

  • M.E., McGill University
  • M.B.A., York University (Canada)
  • B.E., McGill University
  • State of Florida Educator's Certificate, Math (6-12)

Nadia's professional background includes over 20 years of experience in the engineering and business industries along with several years of experience in the field of education as both a high school teacher and college adjunct faculty.

 

Megan Bowen, Assistant Principal of Instruction/Lead English Teacher

  • B.S., Secondary English Education
  • B.A., English Literature, Miami University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6–12)

Megan Bowen is the Assistant Principal of Instruction and Lead English Teacher for James Madison High School. She taught in both public and private school classrooms and alternative education programs before joining JMHS in 2002. She believes in diverse educational programs and experiences to assist each student in successfully completing high school and achieving his/her academic goals.

 

Rhonda Brookshire, Teacher

  • Ed.S., Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
  • M.S.Ed., Mathematics Education, Georgia State University
  • B.S.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
  • State of Georgia - Secondary Mathematics Education (7–12)

Rhonda has more than 15 years of classroom experience teaching math in both traditional and online settings. She has been awarded STAR teacher for two years and received Atlanta Toyota's Most Inspiring Teacher award in 2003. Rhonda believes that all students are capable of learning but not all students learn in a traditional school setting.

 

Lillian Byrd, Teacher

  • Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Memorial University
  • M.Ed., English Education, Georgia State University
  • B.A., English, Emory University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Lillian has received Gifted and Reading endorsements through the Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Lillian's 10 years of professional and academic experience spans elementary, middle and high school level instruction in English, reading and math in both traditional and online environments. She has instituted strategies to help online students feel comfortable with demonstrating knowledge and seeking assistance as they need it.

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Bryan Carver, Lead Science Teacher

  • B.S., Education, Secondary Science, University of Georgia
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Science (6-12)

Bryan is one of the original teachers for James Madison High School. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in both traditional and online schools with subjects including biology, chemistry, computers, health, marine science, earth science and physical science. He has been nominated twice as a Who's Who Among Teachers.

 

Monica Cates, Lead Mathematics Teacher

  • M.Ed., Georgia State University
  • M.S., Teacher Leadership, Walden University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Southern Polytechnic State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate – T-5, Mathematics (6–12)

Monica is currently working toward a doctorate in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University. She has 10 years of mathematics' instruction. She has taught Mathematics III: Advanced Algebra/Statistics, Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Data Analysis, Algebra I, Geometry, Mathematics Navigator, Mathematics I Support, Mathematics III Support, Coordinate Algebra and Mathematics IV: Pre-Calculus- Trigonometry/Statistics.

 

Ron Conner, Academic Advisor

  • B.B.A., Management, Prairie View A&M University

Ron has a background of over 15 years in corporate training. His background gives him the winning edge in providing excellent customer service. He is currently assisting students in English and Accounting.

 

Charles (Chuck) Cook, Teacher

  • B.S., Business Administration, Barry University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate Spanish (6-12); ESOL (K-12)

Charles has more than 30 years of experience as a professional educator in the U.S. and abroad. Fluent in Spanish, he has taught in public and private schools as an ESL/bilingual transition teacher for grades K through 12, and also taught at the university and post-graduate levels.

 

Chuck Corvin, Teacher

  • M.Ed., Education, Tusculum College
  • B.S., Math, Lee University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Math (6-12)

Chuck has more than 15 years of experience in the teaching field. He was also a youth pastor for eight years. His diverse academic roles and innovative teaching/mentoring experiences have been both online and in the traditional classroom. He has a broad range of experience teaching high school mathematics in Tennessee and Georgia.

 

Kenya Cross, Academic Advisor

  • M.S., Education, Media, Design and Technology, Full Sail University
  • B.A., English, University of Massachusetts

Kenya recently began working at Ashworth College from a sixteen year history of traditionally teaching elementary, middle, high school and postgraduates in Massachusetts and Georgia public and private schools, respectively. She is currently pursuing dreams of becoming a film director while eagerly helping Ashworth students.

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Roger Dunnick, Teacher

  • Ed.D., Leadership, Liberty University
  • M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Liberty University
  • B.A., Social Sciences, Emory and Henry College
  • State of Virginia Educator Certificate, History and Social Science

Roger has over 20 years of combined professional experience as an educator in secondary social studies and as a high school administrator. His experience as a Social Studies teacher includes both traditional and online delivery methods. Roger particularly enjoys engaging students and finding unique ways to assist each individual student that he teaches.

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Salvatore Giordano, Teacher

  • B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University
  • State of Maryland Educator Certificate, Social Studies (7-12)

Salvatore received his Advanced Professional Secondary Education Teaching Certificate with social studies endorsement through the Maryland State Department of Education and the Vermont Agency of Education. His 17 years of professional and academic experience have been on the high school level in Social Studies in both traditional and online environments. Salvatore has instituted strategies to help online students feel comfortable with demonstrating knowledge and seeking assistance as they need it, has implemented and created synchronous and asynchronous essential skills sessions, and has continued to make himself a resource to his students.

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Nicole Hall, Teacher

  • B.S., Biology, Liberty University
  • State of Virginia Educator Certificate, Biology

Nicole has had two years of professional and academic experience at the middle school level but she also student taught at the high school level. She works hard to instill a love for learning amongst all her students while also working to incorporate inquiry and critical thinking based learning skills.

 

Allison Hankinson

  • M.A., Secondary Science Education, Piedmont College
  • B.S.Ed., Secondary Science Education, University of Georgia
  • State of Georgia Teacher Certificate, Health and Physical Education (K-12), Broad-field Science (6-12)

Allison has four years of professional and academic experience focused on Broad-field Science. Early in her career, Allison taught science in the traditional classroom. More recently, she has transitioned to a blended learning and virtually-enriched model classroom environment, as well as becoming a certified health and physical education teacher.

 

Sylvia Holagh, Teacher

  • B.S., James Moores University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English and German (P-12)

For the past sixteen years, Sylvia has taught in the Atlanta, GA-area, both in high school and online programs. She was named Teacher of the Month in April, 2009.

 

Dwayne Hood, Academic Advisor

  • M.S., Counseling, University of Memphis

Dwayne has worked in college academic advising for the past 20 years. He has taught U.S. History, Psychology and college orientation courses at two year and four year institutions. He has also worked in personal and career counseling, recruiting, assessment testing and public relations.

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J. Renae Jackson, Teacher

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Capella University
  • M.Ed., School Counseling, University of West Alabama
  • M.S., Organizational Management, Capella University
  • B.A., English, Georgia State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12); Gifted Endorsement (P-12); School Counseling (P-12)

In her 11 years as a professional educator, Renae has served as a school counselor, curriculum chair and language arts instructor. Additionally, she has worked with special needs students along with honors, gifted, AP and IB level students. She has also counseled at-risk youth and their families at a behavioral health agency.

 

John Johnson, Teacher

  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.S., Organizational Management, Capella University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6–12)

John Johnson has over 25 years of secondary teaching experience in mathematics and is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

 

Tami Johnson, Teacher

  • D.H.Ed., Health and Medical Education and Management, A.T. Still University
  • Ed.S., Instructional Leadership/Neurobiology of Learning, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed., Behavioral Science/Special Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • B.S., Community Health/Exercise Physiology, University of North Florida
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Health K-12, Biology (6-12), Broad-field Science (6-12), Gifted and Talented (K-12)

Tami has worked in K-12 education since 1998 teaching science and medical electives at the high school level and with vocational bridge program students. She began working at the college level in 2009 when she earned her Doctorate missed her work with high school level students so has sought out opportunities with JMHS. She has worked with all levels of students from profoundly autistic to advanced placements students and has a passion for finding strategies to help today's diverse students master their learning objectives.

 

Cynthia Jones, Teacher

  • M.Ed., Information Science
  • B.E.S, Educational Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • State of Missouri Teacher Certificate, English (9-12)

Cynthia has received secondary English and Library Media Specialist endorsements through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Cynthia's 12 years of professional and academic experience span elementary, high school, and college level instruction in writing, reading, information science, and educational technology. Cynthia has instructed in both traditional and online environments.

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Amber Lausch, Teacher

  • M.Ed., Accomplished Teaching, Georgia Southern University
  • B.A., English, Minor in Political Science, Georgia Southern University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Amber has eight years of experience in secondary classrooms as a lead teacher in the area of English/ Language Arts. She has worked in high-achieving, nationally-honored AYP schools, where she taught students of diverse academic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Amber is a Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project. Through this certification, she has designed and conducted various faculty and student workshops for training in using internet writing and technology to further instructional practice.

 

Devin Lee

  • M.A., Educational Psychology with Gifted Emphasis, Ball State University
  • B.A., English and Psychology, Texas Tech University
  • State of Texas Teacher Certificate, English (6-12), Psychology (6-12)
  • State of Indiana Teacher Certificate, English (6-12), Psychology (6-12)

Devin has amassed almost two decades of instructional experience across a wide range of environments, from traditional to online classrooms in public, private, and charter schools. She has worked with students from first grade to senior year in both English curriculum instruction as well as remediation in all core content areas.

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Valerie MacDonald, Teacher

  • B.A., Spanish, University of South Carolina

Valerie has over 11 years of experience in the teaching field. Valerie worked for four years with a nonprofit organization teaching English to Hispanic children.

 

Marla McGhee, Teacher

  • M.A., Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.S., English Education, University of South Florida
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Marla has over 20 years of varied teaching experience, including both public and private school settings, as well as having taught in a dropout prevention program, a therapeutic boarding school, and a boarding school for professional athletes.

 

Emily Mulvihill, Teacher

  • M.A., English and Psychology, Western New Mexico University (expected 2016)
  • B.A., Psychology and Education, Bryn Mawr College
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (7-12)
  • State of Texas Educator Certificate (pending), English (7-12)

Emily has taught in public school classrooms, as well as online environments. She believes educational programs should be accessible to all students regardless of location and background, and she enjoys helping her students learn, grow and achieve their academic goals.

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Karen O'Connor, Teacher

  • Ed.S., Curriculum and Leadership, Piedmont College
  • M.B.A., Finance, JM Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Winona State University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Mathematics (6-12)

Karen has 28 years of professional and academic experience encompasses the teaching of math, business, finance and education at the high school level; Gifted and Talented Certification; and teaching high school math courses online. She also currently teaches honors math at a private school.

 

Tonia Orr, Academic Advisor

  • M.B.A., University of Phoenix
  • B.A., English/Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S., Mathematics, Winona State University

Tonia has over 17 years of nursing experience as a practical nurse. She has worked in the community as a health educator, CPR instructor, and is certified by the state of Georgia to teach nursing assistants and home health aides.

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Andy Pasarilla, Teacher

  • M.A., Social Studies Education, Piedmont College
  • B.S., Social Studies Education, Slippery Rock University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Social Studies (7-12)

Andy has distinguished himself in the classroom, receiving nominations for Teacher of the Year three times and is listed in Who's Who among American High School Teachers. Andy has taught geography, economics, and American government.

 

Woodsen Plummer, Teacher

  • Ed.S., Leadership in Educational Administration, Capella University
  • M.S., Leadership in Educational Administration, Capella University
  • B.S., English Education, Southern University and A&M College
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, English (6-12)

Woodsen is in his ninth year in education, having served as a high school English teacher, an Instructional Coach and an Academic Data Coach. His specialties lie in professional development, curriculum design, and educational consultation. He also has an EdS in Educational Leadership.

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Angela Ruff, Teacher

  • B.S.E., Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Western Illinois University
  • M.S., Information Technology, American InterContinental University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Spanish (P-12), ESOL Endorsement

Angela has taught Spanish for over 20 years at all levels. She has spent time in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru, studying the language, and has a passion for teaching.

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Enoch L. Salter Jr., Teacher

  • Th.D., Pastoral Leadership, Andersonville Theological Seminary
  • Ed.S., Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, American College of Education
  • B.S., Secondary Education, Social Science, Auburn University Montgomery
  • A.A., Associate in Arts, Alabama Southern Community College
  • State of Alabama Educator Certificate, Principal (P-12)
  • State of Alabama Educator Certificate, Social Science (6-12)

Enoch has more than 17 years of experience teaching social science. In his many teaching roles, he has served as a teacher, department head, coach, technology coordinator, union president and adjunct college professor. He has also been awarded with Monroe County, Alabama Teacher of the Year award. He is the author of Held Hostage: How the Educational Reform Movement is Destroying Public Education.

 

Cordtney Sullivan, Academic Advisor

  • B.A., Business Management, Clark Atlanta University

Cordtney began working at Ashworth College in the Student Services Department before being promoted to the position of tutor for the high school, college, and career diploma programs. She currently is pursuing a Master's degree in School Counseling.

 

Lynette Smith, Academic Advisor

  • B.S., Business Management, Phoenix University

Lynette has over 10 years professional experience in various industries including the military, legal services and education. She has worked as a student services advisor and training assistant for Ashworth for the last two years.

 

Cordtney Sullivan, Academic Advisor

  • B.A., Business Management, Clark Atlanta University

Cordtney began working at Ashworth College in the Student Services Department before being promoted to the position of tutor for the high school, college, and career diploma programs. She currently is pursuing a Master's degree in School Counseling.

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Suzan Thompson, Teacher

  • B.A., English and Psychology, Herbert Lehman College, Bronx, NY
  • M.S., Secondary Education, English Fordham University, New York, NY
  • State of New York Educator Certificate, English (7-12)

Suzan has been a licensed English teacher since September, 2004. She has primarily taught in the New York City public high schools and is currently an educator within the Fulton County Department of Education in Georgia. Her passion for helping students to achieve academic success can be seen through the strategies she employs in order to engage students in the learning process. She strives to meet the academic needs of students in both traditional and online learning environments.

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Nikiya Webb, Teacher

  • B.S., Biology Education, Georgia Southern University
  • State of Georgia Educator Certificate, Biology (6-12)

Nikiya has been a high school biology teacher, mentor and professional learning development coordinator. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year and enjoys volunteering as a science lab instructor, enriching elementary students in science and laboratory concepts.

 

Rebecca Wells, Academic Advisor

  • B.A., Psychology, Spelman College

Rebecca began working in early childhood education before she became a tutor at Ashworth College. She has tutored elementary and high school students in science, math and English. Rebecca plans to enter a Master's degree program in School Psychology.

 

Emily White, Teacher

  • M.A., English, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • B.A., English Literature, Bob Jones University

Emily has taught journalism and English in high school and college-level classes for 5 years and was a graduate assistant for two years. She has a love for literature and is a passionate and imaginative communicator.

 

Marian M. Williams, Academic Advisor

  • B.S., Elementary Education with a minor in English, Francis Marion University
  • M.Ed., Elementary Education with a minor in English/Library Science, University of South Carolina

Marian began her teaching career in the classroom with students in grades 1 through 4. In 2000, Marian joined Ashworth College as a medical career course tutor. She later served as a tutor for JMHS students and associate.

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