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Madeline Black

Director

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Madeline has been a leader in blended and project based learning since 2008. She provides our partnerships with experience gained from years in education serving as a classroom teacher, building leader, community outreach and quality assurance director. She is a mentor for students, teachers and administrators.

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James Middleditch

Team Leader

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James is one of two WAY Michigan team leaders. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Secondary Education Social Studies and a Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in History. He began as a social studies teacher at WAY West in Fall of 2016. While working at WAY he has had the pleasure of working one on one with students to make Graduation Plans to help them create a path for graduation. James says he tries to challenge the students he works with to get better and learn about something new everyday. James was brought on board with WAY Michigan in September 2017, and has enjoyed the challenges that stem from the online community.

In his free time James enjoys spending time with his three-year-old son and planning for his family’s new addition!

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Charlene Wolson

Special Education / Art Teacher

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Kniffy joined WAY Michigan in September 2017 and is administrative assistant and truancy officer. She has an Associates Degree in Social Work. Kniffy has over 10 years of Administrative Assistant experience while working in a K- 12th school setting.

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Donald Korff

Team Leader

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Coming Soon!

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Kaitlyn Bigelow

Online Tutor

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Katey is our main tutor who is responsible for the education of several of our researchers. She states that she loves to teach since she was a young child. Growing up she often “tortured” her brother with extra school time at home, and when he wasn’t available, she claims she taught her stuffed animals. She earned her degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with an emphasis in English from Western Michigan University. After marrying and having three beautiful children, she chose to homeschool them. Now she teaches Public Speaking, K’nex education, and Lego robotics for a homeschool partnership as well as working with students enrolled in WAY Michigan. She loves seeing kids succeed and understand concepts!

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Erica Breshgold

Special Education

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Erica Breshgold graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2009, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. She earned her teaching certificate in teaching students with Emotional Impairments. She has taught in various special education settings throughout Oakland County, Detroit and Ann Arbor. In 2011, Erica helped create a Day Treatment Center in Oak Park for severely Emotionally Impaired students living throughout Oakland County. This program was very successful, and she worked there until coming to WAY in 2016. In 2016, Erica began working at the WAY program in Washtenaw. She was instantly drawn to the WAY program because of the creativity of lessons involved, the individualization it offered, and the peaceful atmosphere it provided for all of its students. Erica's main teaching objective is to motivate and inspire students, as well as help them gain confidence and self-esteem so they can lead successful and productive lives.

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Kimberly Iorillo

ELA Teacher

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Kimberly graduated in 2009 from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Master of Arts in History (minor in English) and a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies and English. She is currently attending Central Michigan University Online and working on her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on literacy. She arrived on the education scene very traditionalist and idealist, but once she started teaching with WAY in 2010 and with WAY Michigan in particular in 2015, she quickly learned to value and appreciate the uniqueness of each and every student and their individual path to a high school diploma and beyond. She loves working with each student within their unique circumstances and working with them to figure out the best way to complete their school work and earn their diploma. She believes with the proper support and encouragement, every student can earn an education that will help them succeed on their path in life.

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Mark Ray

Network Administrator

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Mark's nineteen year career in Information Technology experience includes, but not limited to, Network LAN WAN implementation, Management of technical department personnel. Technical Lead for the installation of a multi campus Windows and Apple server farm. The development Lead of new data center operations and security procedures.