Dayton Leadership Academies

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6-8 Team

6-8
Sara Gryboski
Sara Gryboski
7th-8th Grade Math

Ms. Gryboski grew up in southern Indiana and Louisville, KY. She attended The Ohio State University where she studied Linguistics and Engineering. After college, Ms. G joined Teach for America and has been teaching at DLA since the 2019-2020 school year. She loves her DLA students, and believes that each and every one has the ability to be great!

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.

Samantha Lait
Samantha Lait
6th Grade Math and Science

Miss Lait attended Allegheny College where she received her BS in Environmental Science and minored in Psychology. After working as a substitute teacher for 2 years, she joined Teach For America and started at DLA. She loves being a part of a supportive school team and building connections with students and their families.

Kelli Myers
Kelli Myers
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

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.

Carrie Ann Sanders
Carrie Ann Sanders
7th-8th Social Studies and Writing Teacher

Ms. Sanders received her Bachelors from University of South Carolina. Double majored in Theater and intercultural communications. She has a Masters in Education from University of Dayton. Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the ‘University of Portland  

This is her 15th year of teaching. She has 12 years at the High School level and this is her 3rd year with middle school.

She loves the family at DLA. She also loves the community each homeroom builds with their students. Advisory(morning meeting) is the best way to start the day, with a sense of love and support. She also treasures the parents and community. Everyone seems to come together to help each other, and the parents are truly invested in their children's education and emotional growth. 



Debra Walls
Debra Walls
Middle School Coordinator

Debra Walls was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Dunbar High School. She attended Wright State University where she received her Bachelors of English degree to teach Middle and High School English. She received a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Antioch University. After completing her education, she left Ohio to move south, She has lived and taught middle school English in Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis Tennessee. 

She returned to Dayton six years ago where she began working at DLA as a 6th grade English teacher. In the time she has been at DLA, she has been a Teacher Leader in multiple ways. She was the English Department Chair for two years and spent one summer as the Summer Launch Coordinator. Ms. Walls has also been the DLA cheerleading coach for the past 5 years.  After teaching 6th grade English for five years and being a Reading Interventionist for one year, Ms. Walls is excited to step into her new role as the Middle School Coordinator. 

Ms. Walls has one child, a five year old daughter who keeps her very busy and young at heart. Ms. Walls has always been passionate about working with middle school inner city students. She finds great joy in helping grow students academically as well as socially. Ms. Walls strives to prepare students for not just high school, but the real world and help them realize that they are capable of anything they put their minds to.