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6-8 Team

Garrett Woods
Garrett Woods
6th-8th Grade Interventionist
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Mr. Woods has received degrees in music from Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton, and is preparing to graduate from Wright State University with a Master's in Music Performance. This is his second year at DLA, and he brings 4 years prior experience of teaching piano lessons and tutoring math. His favorite moments at DLA are when you see a new concept click for a student

Liz Kraft
Kraft, Liz
6th Grade Math and Social Studies
6-8 Team

Mrs. Kraft has her Masters in Middle School Teaching.  This is her second year at DLA. She loves the DLA model and how invested the school is in helping students be successful.

Lewis, Jeremiah
6th-8th Grade Reading Interventionist
6-8 Team

Mr. Lewis attended Sinclair Community College and received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.  He also has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership. He has served as a mentor in the inner city group for 17 years, been a youth Pastor and a youth specialist at Omega Baptist Church and Fort McKinley Church.  He loves the flexibility, resources and loving atmosphere of DLA.

Loney, Lauren
5-6 Grade Intervention Specialist
Academy Staff
3-5 Team
6-8 Team
Jocelyn Lynn
Lynn, Jocelyn
6th-8th Grade Culture Keeper
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Ms. Lynn has a Bachelors of Science from Wright State University College of Education and Human Services.

She has been working in the Education field for over 2 years and has volunteered with children for over 2 years before working with DLA.

Ms. Lynn is dedicated to making sure our students have a voice and feel that they are important. "I found my passion for working with students at Dayton Leadership Academy and I could not imagine working anywhere else".  

Kelli Myers
Myers, Kelli
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Mrs. Myers is a Dayton native and joined the DLA team in 2012. She attended Wright State University where she got involved teaching with Summer Bridge Dayton, a pre-college program for urban youth, and discovered her calling. Mrs. Myers holds a bachelor's in Education and a Master's in Middle Childhood Education, both from WSU. She is licensed in Social Studies and English Language Arts. Besides academic subjects, Mrs. Myers loves teaching special interest clubs at DLA such as yoga and hip hop dance. She enjoys serving as the Student Life Coordinator, which involves advising the student council and mentoring students as they transition from 8th grade to high school.

Morgan Perryman
Perryman, Morgan
7th-8th Grade ELA and Intervention
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Miss Perryman has her M.E.d from Wright State University and a

B.a. English: Integrated Language Arts, Wright State University.

Miss. Perryman is a  Daytonian through and through. She attended both Sinclair Community College as well as Wright State University. She has experience volunteering for a variety of Dayton programs, including the Dayton Life Enrichment Center and Dayton Habitat for Humanity. Miss. Perryman worked in a variety of Dayton-area staples, including The Spaghetti Warehouse and Jimmie’s Ladder 11. There is nothing she doesn't love about this city!

She loved everything about DLA right away. The staff, the students and how we come together as a community!


Donna Rickman
Rickman, Donna
Middle School Coordinator
6-8 Team

Ms. Rickman has her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.  She also obtained her Masters Degree in Educational and Curriculum Instruction. She has 5 years experience in Mansfield, Ohio along with 14 years in California and 3 years in Virginia.  She loves the welcoming atmosphere at DLA and feel at home!

Carrie Ann Sanders
Sanders, Carrie Ann
7th-8th Theater and Writing Teacher
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Ms. Sanders has her Bachelors and Masters in English Language Arts.  She has 13 years teaching experience in Portland, Oregon and 3 years in Ohio.  She is excited to be a new member of the DLA Team and work with our incredible students!

Mary Virasek
Virasek, Mary
7th-8th Grade Math
Academy Staff
6-8 Team

Miss. Virasak attended attended Penn State University and received a degree in marketing. 

She is part of Teach for America and taught math in Atlanta Georgia during the summer of 2017 before coming to DLA.  She is 

certified in 4-9 math as well as 7-12 English Language Arts.

She enjoys the  building relationships with students during class and outside of class in activities such as coaching volleyball.

All of the staff and teachers are welcoming and friendly. I immediately felt like a part of the DLA family.

Debra Walls
Walls, Debra
6th and 8th Grade ELA and Intervention, Department Chair
Academy Staff
6-8 Team
Tracey Weimer
Weimer, Tracey
JA Intervention Specialist
Academy Staff
6-8 Team
Mr. Weimer received his BS in Secondary Education from Indiana University. He is currently attending the University of Dayton in pursuit of a Graduate Degree. He is married, has three grown children, and also has a five month old grandson. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and listening to music.
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