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Dayton Leadership Academies

A Leader In Me School With A School Culture of Joy and Achievement

6-8 Team

Cassandra Foster
6th Grade ELA

Ms. Foster has always had a passion for children and education since a young age. She graduated with a Bachelors in Middle Childhood Education from Wright State University. She is currently working on her Master's degree at Grand Canyon University. She has been in the education field and serving students of all backgrounds for 5 years. Ms. Foster is entering her 5th year as an ELA teacher with Dayton Leadership Academy. She is excited to embark on this new journey with DLA, and she is ready for the many opportunities that lie ahead. Ms. Foster believes that education should be engaging, rigorous, and be used as a gateway to new doors in life. 

Nick Kreischer
Nick Kreischer
7th-8th Grade Science

Mr. Kreischer went to college at BGSU and majored in Middle School Math and Science Education. He graduated in 2014.

DLA was his first teaching job and this is his 4th year here. He loves DLA for so many reasons but his favorite would have to be the students, staff, and focus of DLA. Education is important but making sure the learning is fun makes the whole journey enjoyable and more worthwhile for the students and the staff as well.

Tequilla Lynch
Tequilla Lynch
7th-8th Grade Math

Tequilla Lynch, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Childhood Education, with a concentration on Math and Science. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to obtain her Masters Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on STEM. She has been teaching for 6 years between both Dayton Public Schools and Charter Schools. She currently serves as the 7th and 8th grade Mathematics Teacher at Dayton Leadership Academy for the 2nd year. Her passion and focus is on youth and youth development and she has worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton and various other after school programs. She is a proud mother of two amazing daughters and serves as the Youth Pastor and Secretary at Breakthrough Anointed Ministries House of Refuge and enjoys dancing and spiritual worship in her free time. As an educator and youth advocate and role model, her favorite quote that she applies everyday in her career and interactions with you is "Every Child needs a champion, I am their Champion '' -Rita Pearson. 

Jocelyn Lynn
Jocelyn Lynn
7th-8th Grade Writing and Social Studies

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".  

Damian McClure
6th Grade Science

Introducing Mr. McClure, a dedicated 6th-grade teacher with a passion for empowering students to make a positive impact on the world. With prior experience as a science teacher at Fairview Elementary and as the head swim coach for Ponitz High School, he brings a dynamic approach to education. Mr. McClure believes in creating a safe, inclusive space where students can explore their interests and grow as responsible global citizens. Join his class at DLA and embark on an inspiring journey of learning and personal development.

James McDaniel
7th-8th ELA

James E. McDaniel III was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and has always had a heart for teaching. James’ alma martyr is Stivers School for the Arts where he served as the school ambassador and Sergeant at Arms. James has successfully completed his Associate of Art in Teacher Education at Eastern Gateway. He is now studying Middle Childhood Education 4-9th grade, focusing on ELA and SS. He was a Life Coach for Males of Color in The Office of Cultural Engagement and Inclusion at Dayton Public Schools where he has served at Roosevelt Elementary School, Kiser Elementary School, Ruskin Elementary School, Edison Elementary School, and Horace Mann Elementary School. James’ ministry is teaching others, especially young adults. James is a force of power, with a heart of service to serve others.

Tatyanna Reed
Tatyanna Reed
6th Grade Math
Daisha Williams
7th-8th Social Studies

Daisha Williams grew up in West Dayton, attending Thurgood Marshall STEM High School and furthering her education at the University of Dayton. This is where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a certificate in the Urban Teacher Academy, specializing in cultivating a culturally responsive classroom for a new generation of students. Ms. Williams pursued education because of the impact teachers left on her throughout her school career. She believes in advocating for all students and their unique needs, as they are the future of the country and need to be supported, challenged, and cared for as much as possible.