DENNIS O’REILLY – VP OF RELATIONS
Mr. O’Reilly started working with young people as a volunteer junior high basketball coach back in 1990, and has been in education for over twenty years, starting as a middle school math teacher back in 1993. Mr. O’Reilly has been an administrator since 1999 serving as Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant to the Principal, Principal, and Head of Schools at three different private schools in Tucson, Arizona and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Chapman University. Mr. O’Reilly has been married for sixteen years to his beautiful bride Krissy, and will have two scholars attending Leman Academy, Conner and Adeline.
Beth Csiszer – Principal
Beth Csiszer is a native of Lexington, NC. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro, where she double majored in English and Elementary Education. She received her first Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Winthrop University in 2011. She received her second Master's Degree from Winthrop University in 2016 in Educational Leadership. She began her career in Charlotte, NC as a second grade teacher. She has taught grades 2 - 8 as a classroom teacher and ESOL teacher. She most recently was the ESOL/Title III Coordinator with the Lancaster County School District in Lancaster, SC. During her career, she has presented at local, regional, national and international conferences on topics such has divergent learning, co-teaching, math strategies, and literacy. She has been honored as a Star Teacher,Teacher of the Year, Mentor Teacher of the Year, and Palmetto Social Studies Teacher of the Year in her career. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, crocheting, sewing, and hiking. She is very excited to join Leman Academy as the Leman Virtual Academy Principal.
ANGELA COLBY - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Angela Colby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Masters of Arts degree in Education from New Mexico State University. She has been involved in education since 2004 and has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade throughout her teaching career. In addition, Mrs. Colby has coached high school track and field and cross country. After taking a break from the classroom to be at home with her four children, Mrs. Colby is returning to the virtual classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Colby is an experienced homeschool parent and her family has been apart of the Leman Virtual Academy. She is a firm believer that a parent is a child’s first teacher and looks forward to supporting you in your child’s educational journey through Kindergarten.
JOELLE SMITH - 1ST GRADE TEACHER
Joelle Smith loves being a part of the team at Leman Academy of Excellence. She enjoys partnering with parents and building relationships with Leman families. She is passionate about teaching and provides hands-on learning experiences for her scholars. She has been in education since 2010 and has taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. She grew up in a small farming community in Southeast Idaho and received a Bachelor’s of Education Degree at Idaho State University. She completed her Master’s Degree in Literacy through Northwest Nazarene University in 2012. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys golfing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
AMMIE COOPER - 2ND AND 3RD GRADE
Ammie Cooper is looking forward to teaching 2nd and 3rd grade again for Leman Virtual Academy. Born and raised in Kentucky she graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Masters Instruction & Curriculum degree in 2000. After moving to Tucson, she met her husband on the soccer field and they married in 2006. She enjoys spending time with her family and during her free time she plays soccer on several women’s teams in Tucson. In addition, she takes delight in reading Historical Fiction books. This school year she looks forward to working with her 2nd and 3rd grade families to form a partnership for a successful learning environment.
ELIZABETH BERRY - 4TH GRADE
Elizabeth Berry has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. She has worked with kindergarten as well as fifth grade, throughout her teaching career. This is her third-year teaching at Leman.
Mrs. Berry and her husband are from Texas, and they just got stationed to El Paso Texas. They have two daughters named Rosalee and Charlotte. Some of her hobbies and passions would include being with family, reading, running and traveling. She has been working with young scholars since she was sixteen and has loved every minute of it. She loves the impact that we as teachers make on their lives. She is looking forward to continuing to work with Leman Academy through the Virtual Academy and continue to be a part of the Leman family.
Adrienne Johnson - 5th Grade Teacher
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle
The 2019-2020 school year will be Adrienne Johnson’s third year with Leman Academy, having taught at both the Marana and Oro Valley locations, and her eighth year as a teacher. This year, Mrs. Johnson is looking forward to continue teaching through Leman Virtual Academy while staying home with her baby boy, Maxwell. Mrs. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Colorado College in 2009 and her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado in 2013. She is married to Joshua Johnson, a systems engineer. Mrs. Johnson is passionate about teaching to the whole child and has fully embraced the Classical curriculum taught at Leman Academy. As a huge history buff, she prides herself on making the curriculum come alive for her scholars, by teaching thematically and following her scholars’ interests. Having travelled extensively, Mrs. Johnson brings many firsthand stories and images to her lessons that decorate the curriculum and makes the learning of long ago and far away relevant and accessible for her scholars. Mrs. Johnson loves being a teacher, learning from and with her scholars.
MELINDA CUILTY - MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Melinda Cuilty is excited to be teaching for Leman Academy of Excellence for her 3rd year. Melinda grew up in Nebraska and graduated college from Northern Arizona University. After college she traveled and ended up calling Tucson, Arizona her home. Mrs. Cuilty has a passion for teaching Middle School because of the students. She has been a presenter at a National Math Conference for the past 3 years. Melinda's favorite part of teaching at a classical school is the in-depth history content and the connections the scholars are able to make.
Mrs. Cuilty now lives in El Paso, Texas. Her husband and son keep her very busy with their numerous activities. Melinda enjoys all sports, especially watching her son play basketball or husband race cars. Mrs. Cuilty is a huge Disney fan, and even got engaged at Disneyland. When her family is not busy they love to play games together and travel. This summer they spent a week in New York City. She always makes sure to come back to Tucson for a U of A football game.
She is super excited to be in this cutting edge classroom and working with each scholar and partnering with parents.
TAYLOR BENNETT - MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH
Taylor Bennett has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and a Master’s of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. She has worked as a middle school math teacher for three years and is very passionate about making math fun and exciting for scholars! This is her first-year teaching with Leman Academy of Excellence and is very excited for the 2019-2020 school year!
Mrs. Bennett is originally from Portland, Oregon and moved to Arizona for college, where she met her husband and they now live in Sierra Vista, Arizona. They have two sons named Luke and Camden. Some of her hobbies and passions consist of reading, spending time with family, and baking. Mrs. Bennett has worked with scholars of all ages for many years and feels so blessed to be able to make an impact on their lives. She is looking forward to being a part of the Leman Academy family and experiencing educating in the Virtual Academy.
APRIL JONES - MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
My name is April Jones. I was born and raised in Sierra Vista, Arizona. I graduated from Buena High School, attended Cochise Community College, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona, I taught middle and high school science for five years. During that time, I continued my education and began working on a certification in Administration of Justice. I also be came ALICE trained while teaching at another local school. I left teaching for a brief time and became an AZPOST certified Peace Officer for the Sierra Vista Police Department. During my time in law enforcement, I found that my heart was still with teaching and I decided to return to the teaching profession and join the Leman Academy family. While at the Sierra Vista campus I taught Fifth Grade and Middle School Science. In December of 2018 I moved to Appling, GA and was saddened that I had to say goodbye to my Leman family and scholars. I am very happy that I again have the amazing opportunity to join the Leman family and help bring the wonder of science to our scholars. I will continue to further my education and begin working towards a Master’s in Middle Grade Education. I am very excited to start the new year with Leman Academy.