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Village Academy Schools seek to educate college-bound students who not only wish to become self-fulfilled individuals but also to function as responsible, compassionate citizens of the world.
The Village Academy faculty and staff are composed of some of the most creative and committed professionals from the public and private sectors in central Ohio. Based on a firm foundation of mutual respect, collegiality, and a commitment to students, the Village Academy faculty and staff are the foundation for the School’s tight-knit community.
The distinguished faculty and administrators at Village Academy are experts in their fields with publications and accolades in the central Ohio community and beyond, and are frequently recognized on a national and international level. More than 52% of the faculty have advanced degrees, and 13% also have the designation of “Master Teacher” with 26% working toward completion of “Master Teacher” certifications. Each teacher brings creativity, enthusiasm, and interaction to their classrooms. They implement curriculum which is consistent with the mission of Village Academy, and foster independent thinking skills, creative problem solving, and abstract reasoning.
Teachers and administrators at Village Academy continue their own intellectual and professional development via workshops, seminars, and coursework throughout the year. Their experience allows them to work with students of all academic levels and through ongoing assessments they can effectively place and challenge students, in addition to developing independent study programs to meet student needs.
Ms. Tres Marangoni’s passion for education started at an early age where she instructed the neighborhood children in piano, horseback riding, and multiplication tables. Throughout her academic career she has studied educational trends and views herself as a lifelong learner. As an alumni of The Ohio State University and Capella University, she recognizes the importance of education for all children and is an active member in the Ohio Mentors Association, Phi Delta Kappa Honors Society, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Ms. Marangoni has held several positions at Village Academy over her fifteen-year tenure and views each of them important to student success. Her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction is the catalyst for the rigor and vigor of the curriculum and ongoing academic conversations surrounding trends, policies, and educational politics. Ms. Marangoni’s current educational endeavor is a certification in pediatric graphoanalysis.
After reaching the top in her field as a competitor, a seven-time Big Ten Champion, 14-year Big Ten record holder, and USA National Team Member for three years, Ms. Lori Ave pursued the art of teaching her passion. Ms. Ave has coached teams at all levels including three years assisting the OSU women’s swim team.
Having coached in Illinois, Oregon, and Ohio over the past 20 years, Lori was named Coach of the Year for girls and boys, and has coached athletes who have earned state high school as well as Big Ten titles. Lori has been honored as an athlete in the Northwestern University Hall of Fame, and as a coach in the Seaside High School Hall of Fame in Oregon.
Ms. Ave enters her eighth year as the Village Academy Physical Education and Health Department Chair, as she enjoys sharing her depth of experience and education in this field. Physical Education and Health studies contribute to the development of the whole individual and skills that lead to happy and healthy lifestyles.
Ms. Danielle Filas currently serves as the Middle and Upper School Language Arts Department Chair at Village Academy, and was named the School’s first Technology Integration Specialist in 2013.
A Google Certified Teacher and a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, Ms. Filas has extensive classroom experience and also specializes in tech integration, presenting professional development programs at Village Academy and beyond, including her “Tech Slam Jam” at Ohio Goes Google 2013, a Google Apps for Educators (GAFE) conference. Danielle serves as a Certified Instructional Mentor with the Ohio Department of Education’s Resident Educator program and has been named as a Haiku Deck “guru”. She has completed the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), a joint project with The Ohio State University and the Freeman Foundation. Ms. Filas serves as an independent educational consultant with Say Yes!, specializing in the use of improvisation as a learning and collaborative tool. Ms. Filas is a founder and content-creator with EdTechSlam channel, providing short “edutech” demonstration tutorials via YouTube. Ms. Filas also is the co-host of TheatreCast, a weekly podcast via the EdReach network, promoting theatre, arts, and education. As part of her work with the Columbus Area Writing Project, Ms. Filas is currently developing a web resource, DigitaLiteracies, to help teachers interested in improving technology integration in their classrooms.
Prior to relocating to Ohio, Ms. Filas served for seven years as a faculty member in the Theatre and English departments at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education. During her time there, she helped redesign the curriculum for the English and Theatre departments and became the school’s first Curriculum Mapping Coordinator.
Before discovering her true calling as a teacher, Ms. Filas worked extensively in the Chicago theatre scene for 15 years with companies including the Second City National Touring Company, Vitalist Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth, and Victory Gardens. She currently serves as an ensemble member with Columbus’ Raconteur Ensemble Theatre and has appeared with other local companies such as Available Light Theatre and Columbus Civic Theater. She holds her MA from Northwestern University and her BA from Knox College.
Ms. Lynne Kirby has lived in the central Ohio area her whole life. Throughout her adolescence, she took classes at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She attended The Ohio State University, and earned her BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Graphics. Ms. Kirby started her own Graphic Design firm, Studio A, Inc., and worked as the founder and president for over 20 years, receiving many accolades in the graphic design community. Ms. Kirby personally coordinated projects for clients such as The Ohio State University Reading Recovery Program, National Art Education Association, Merrill Publishing, Children’s Hospital, and Action for Children.
Looking toward a second career in 2001, Ms. Kirby returned to OSU and received a second BA in Art Education and an MA in Art Education in 2010. Her thesis entitled “Puppetry in the Classroom”, follows a passion close to her heart.
Ms. Kirby began her teaching career at Village Academy in 2004 teaching visual art to Pre-K-12 students. Ms. Kirby holds her current licensure in the State of Ohio, Pre-K-12 for Visual Arts. Outside of school, Ms. Kirby enjoys creating her own artwork, participating in musical theatre, Puppeteers of America, gardening, and yoga.
Having graduated with an MA in history in 1993, John Frame embarked on a doctoral thesis in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Frame defended his thesis during the summer of 1998, and has since built a career in the field of education at both the secondary and tertiary levels. His teaching positions have taken him from Aberdeen to Charlotte, NC, to New York City, until 2003 when he joined the faculty at Village Academy.
In 1995, Dr. Frame wrote and published Henry George in Scotland: The Influence of an American Reformer on the Scottish Labor Movement, an article in a collection titled Them and US? Class and Hierarchy in Scottish History and in 2008, in collaboration with other teachers, he helped to write Developing Global Citizens: Education for a Small Planet, which was published by OAIS.
Mr. Timothy Alan McDonley is the STEM Department Chair at Village Academy and also serves as the Science Olympiad Coach. He attended the University of Florida where his course work included Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics I and II, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics, Bio-Physics, Thermodynamics, Discrete Circuit Design, Elementary Robotics, Java I and II, Digital Logic and Design, Calculus I-III, Differential Equations for Physics Majors, Linear Algebra for Engineers. Subsequently he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in Physics.
This will be his fifth year teaching at Village Academy. During his time at the School he has taught Physics, AP Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Robotics, Holography, fourth and fifth grade science, Algebra I, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. He has also overseen the development and building of the on-campus holography lab, the development and implementation of the School’s engineering courses, the integration of 3D printing and CAD education into STEM classes, the development of the MS/US Science Olympiad program, and the design and implementation of various robotics programs and camps.
Mr. McDonley prides himself on being a polymath. He takes great pride in enacting the principle that no one is ever done with their education. As such, he has a wide variety of accolades which include being a 2012 Ohio Magazine excellence in education honoree, designing and building an interferometrically stable isolation table, making several autonomous robots, making countless pseudo-color split beam reflection holograms, building several computers, designing and building a working MIPS processor on an FPGA, being an avid trumpet player for over 18 years, having written a full length novel (unpublished), having been a colorist for an independently published graphic novel, and being an award-winning photographer.
Ms. Iren Toms received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a German Language minor, from Ohio University and then went on to The Ohio State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Communication/Journalism and Public Relations. She spent several years teaching at Columbus State before joining the Village Academy faculty in 2009.
Village Academy admits students of any race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin to all privileges, rights, programs, and activities. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin in administration of educational policies, scholarships, or student activity programs. This statement also applies to the School’s personnel and employment policies.