Faculty


The faculty at The Academy for Individual Excellence is a team of caring people dedicated to a common philosophy of helping students excel personally and academically. Teachers strive to “learn” each student as they assist them in reaching their potential. AIE teachers believe academic material is important, but it is most important to teach each student to be a life-long learner. Learning for the sake of “getting a grade” is not stressed; learning for the attainment of knowledge is the priority.

The Academy for Individual Excellence maintains a low teacher-to-student ratio as we strive for close, professional relationships between students and instructors. It is our goal to offer students an opportunity to experience and gain confidence in seeking guidance and support from those in leading positions. We believe this interaction benefits all AIE students, those college-bound as well as those choosing to immediately enter the workplace upon graduation.

The teachers’ common goals, dedication of heart and belief in the educational methods have resulted in low teacher turnover at the Academy. This gives students a more stable experience and better opportunities for success.

The faculty and administration realize the importance of an accurate understanding of each student and the value of keeping parents well informed. Through the use of an open-door policy, teachers, parents and administrators are able to work together to help students achieve success.

Administration

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John Savage is the founder of AIE. He has served in a dual role as teacher and administrator for the 30+ years of the schools existence. His philosophy and teaching techniques are implemented throughout the program. He conducts many hours of in-service training for his staff each year and is known for his hands-on approach each day. One of his favorite quotes is “Education is what is left over of the journey after the details are forgotten.”

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Pam Cheek is the elementary coordinator at AIE. Before Mrs. Cheek began her current role at AIE, she had the opportunity to work in the classroom with Mr. Savage, learning firsthand the philosophy and techniques that are the core of the program. Mrs. Cheek has worked with AIE for 30+ years. In addition, to her classroom work as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Cheek has volunteered in almost every aspect of the program as it has grown. Her experience and expertise make her a valued part of the Academy.

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Julie Dye has been a member of the faculty at the Academy for 25+ years. She has served as the Dean of the High School for the past twelve years. Her experience in teaching at the Academy prior to accepting this role has given her a strong understanding of the classroom, curriculum, and implementation of the methods and strategies used at the Academy. The leadership and organizational skills gained as a Major in the Army Reserves combine with her experience at AIE, forming the right combination for her role at AIE.

Administrative Staff

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Kim Durall

Front Office

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Teresa Savage

Business Manager

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Teri Lyons

Accounting/ Payroll

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Sher DeSpain

Front Office

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Pam Brown

Administrative Assistant

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Holly Caudill

Assistant to the
High School Dean

Support Staff

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Kay Williams

Cafeteria Manager

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Daniel Woolen

Maintenance

Preschool Staff and Teachers

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Jeanne Mynatt

Director

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Dawn Mikesell

Assistant Director

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Brandee Soeder

Preschool Teacher

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Michelle Aines

Preschool Teacher

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Kelly Adler

Preschool Teacher

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Shelby Thompson

Preschool Teacher

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Susana Humphries

Preschool Teacher

Elementary Teachers

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Amanda Williams

Kindergarten

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Teresa Roth

Kindergarten Assistant

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Karen Judy

1st / 2nd Grade

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Sheri Sexton

1st / 2nd Grade

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Rita Monahan

3rd/ 4th Grade

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Kathy Schuler

5th / 6th Grade

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Fran Nett

5th / 6th Grade

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Cindy Karagianas

5th / 6th Grade

Ashley Watkins

7th / 8th Grade

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Jessica Fourman

7th / 8th Grade

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Greg Anglen

7th / 8th Grade

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Michael Mota

Sponge Room

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Judy Seigle-Flatt

Sponge Room

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Diane Woosley

Sponge Room

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Cyndi Whitworth

Teacher Assistant

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Diana Meadors

Sponge Room

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Karen Kuster

Sponge Room

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Jennifer Schilling

Teacher Assistant

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Aaron Dubow

P.E./ Health

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Will Slider

Teacher Assistant

High School Teachers

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Gillian Langley

Humanities and Alumni

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Lisbeth Schilling

Art

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Hannah Troyer

Math

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Brad Schilling

Math

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Misty Harmon

Math

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Robert Smith

ASL

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Jennifer Woosley

Biology / Chemistry

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Darryl Glass

High School Instructor

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Jackie Shamblen

Music / Band

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Amy Adams

Math Assistant

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Heather Fuller

ASL

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Michael Robertson

English

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Rick Sexton

Computer

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Charles Mane

English

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Ron Newcomer

Science / World Civ.

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Jeremy Gutierrez

Athletic Director / Geography & U.S. History

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Ayla Murrell

English