CinDay Academy

Faculty & Staff

You will see passion in everything our teachers do


True learning is a student driven process. Thus, CDA teachers are the facilitators that guide the learning of their students. Our teachers love what they do and believe that every child matters. Each one goes the extra mile to individualize and ensure that they are challenged.

Amanda Becker

Preschool Teacher

I am an Early Childhood teacher. I believe that learning should be a fun and interactive process that involves all senses. We will play, sing, paint, read write and more. I look forward to helping your children grow and learn in the classroom. I attended Wright State University and Antioch McGregor in Early Childhood Education. Previously, I was the Director of a daycare and preschool program for a school in Dayton. I am an avid animal lover and enjoy nature and photography. My husband and I have 3 wonderful children. My passion, however, is teaching and children. Thus, I am very excited to teach at Minds In Motion since they have a great program and are doing wonderful things to excite young children about learning.

Julie Blasko

High School Aide

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Christopher Braun

Band Director

I graduated with a Master of Music degree from Wright State University and have a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University. I am experienced as a performer, educator, and conductor. As a music educator, I strive to inspire learning and to pass on my passion for music. My experiences with learning music have played a vital role in my personal development. Some of my teaching experiences include working as a Graduate Assistant at Wright State University, Master class teacher at the Salvation Army Kroc Center and teaching at various band camps and programs in the Dayton area. I previously served as Music Director of different churches in both Florida and Ohio. I currently work as the Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Sinclair Community College and also teach private lessons at Dayton area music stores. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Band Teacher at The CinDay Academy and look forward to great things from the students.

Cindy Brogan

Director of Student Academic Support Services (DSASS)

I grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with an undergraduate degree in business. After spending six years in sales and banking, I realized my true passion was working with children. I returned to school at The University of Dayton and earned my master’s degree in special education. Prior to joining CinDay, I worked as an intervention specialist at Springboro Community City Schools. I have over 15 years of experience working with students of all ages who have special learning and behavioral needs. I live in Centerville with my two teenage boys, and in my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I feel blessed to be a part of the CinDay family and my mission is to work collaboratively with teachers and parents to ensure that all student’s individual needs are met within the walls of this amazing school!

Katie Campbell

Primary Teacher

I studied Early Childhood Education at Indiana Wesleyan University as a graduate student and am certified to teach preschool-3rd grade. Additionally, I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ohio University. I have numerous hours of teaching experience in preschool, 1st, and 3rd grade. I absolutely love the wonder, joy, and curiosity that Early Childhood Education allows me to experience each day! As an educator, it is my mission to give ALL children access to learning in authentic purposeful ways that support their social-emotional skills and academic growth. My husband, Dave, and I live here in Springboro with our two children Emma and Jake. We are lucky to have our parents just down the street to support us and enjoy spending time with them often. In my spare time you will find me cheering for my kids' sports teams, walking my dog, or outside in the garden. I also enjoy photography, reading, and yoga. I feel very fortunate to be teaching at The CinDay Academy where I am surrounded by people who truly care about the success of each child, and I am inspired everyday as a teacher.

Kendra Carson

Music Teacher

My background in music is as a Board Certified Music Therapist. I received a BA in Music and a BS in Psychology from Plymouth State University in NH. I then earned my Masters in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University in MA. I have been a music therapist for 16 years. In addition, I was a teacher for Music Together®. These mixed-age classes are geared for caregivers and children ages 0-4 to experience making music together. I have also been teaching piano for about 20 years and find great joy in helping students learn to read music for themselves. I come to CDA with an ‘out of the box’ approach to learning music. I feel that learning music is done through ‘making music’. All children may not have musical ‘talent’, but all children are musical. My goal is to bring out each child’s musicality. My approach is that by first ‘doing’ and then ‘telling’ the musical concept, the lesson will stick and will serve as a building block for future lessons and concepts. I enjoy gardening, playing with my dog, Sasha, or just enjoying time with the family. I have been married for 15 years to Chris and has 2 boys, Liam and Sean.

Kyle Dinger

Middle School Teacher

I am a certified 4-9 teacher at The CinDay Academy. I graduated from the Ohio University and have been teaching since 2009. I have taught everything from 4th grade through 8th grade. I have taught in Florida, North Carolina and now Ohio. I have taught at a variety of schools ranging from private, charter, alternative and public. I have three boys with my wife, Ashley, and we live in Springboro. Some of my hobbies include fixing/building things, exercise, gardening, and watching movies.

Sarah Flax

Kindergarten Teacher

I am the Kindergarten teacher. I started at MIM as a PreK teacher and then taught a primary class at The Academy for several years. When I had my son & daughter, I wanted to spend some more time at home with him so I am thrilled to be teaching Kindgergaretn again. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have numerous hours teaching experience in preschool- 1st grade classrooms and have taught at CinDay Academy since 2005. My hobbies include scrap booking, hiking, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. Teaching is the only thing I could ever image myself doing. I want the families and children in my classroom to know that I care about them. I really enjoy the early years and looks forward to helping the children learn.

Erin Fortener

Art Teacher

I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. I have taught pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, a Multi-Disabilities classroom and a primary class. I was a Primary Teacher at The Academy then took time off to spend more time with my 2 young children and have rejoined The Academy in the art program. I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family as well as expressing my creativity through craft and art projects. I also love learning from others because I feel everyone has so much to offer to our lives.

Tricia Fote

Business Director

I have been with The CinDay Academy from the very beginning and am very proud to be a part of this amazing school. I graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Speech Communication and an emphasis on Public Relations from Miami University. Previously, I was the Director of Marketing and Sales Support for a local promotional and manufacturing company. I am married to my husband, Tom, and have twin daughters. Our family also includes a cat and a dog. My hobbies are reading, exercising, traveling and gardening. CDA is an important part of our community. I look forward to helping the team continue to expand this unique school and I am excited about the impact we have on our community.

Emily Fuller

Kindergarten Teacher

I am a Kindergarten Teacher with a degree in Education and I am very excited to be a part of the CinDay family. My husband and I have 2 young daughters and we have lived all over the country. We moved to the Dayton area in 2014 and we love it here. In my spare time, you can find me reading a good book, playing the piano, running or watching movies with my family.

Alyssa Gomez

Preschool Teacher

I am so excited to be part of the CinDay Academy family, as the Preschool Teacher. I graduated from Wilmington College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education Studies. I have had five years of experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. My passion in life is to be an inspiring and motivating preschool teacher that provides young children with a concrete education through age appropriate activities. I personally believe that children are the future; therefore, it is essential to allow them to reach their full potential. I want to be able to help and watch children grow and discover the world. As explorers, I believe children should document their progress and visually see their accomplishments. My personal belief is that each child is exceptional in their individual way and should be able to explore the world through their own eyes. I believe that exploration and innovation allow children to learn and excel at their own pace. In an early learning environment, children should engage in play, socialization with peers, be exposed to developmentally appropriate ideas, and engage in interactive activities to promote active learning. As a learner, I believe that children should drive instruction by using their interests, creativity, and curiosity. My hope as an educator is to teach to inspire and influence positive and intelligent individuals of society. My goal is to focus on the whole child, including the emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical development. In addition to my love for teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends. I am also an avid dog lover. I have two dogs, who I rescued from animal shelters. Their names are Beatrice Elizabeth Rose and Jaxon Gray. My hobbies consist of exploring the outdoors, laying in the pool, walking my dogs, and creating hands-on activities for my students. I thank God every day for the blessing he has given me and for future opportunities. I am beyond excited for this school year and watch your children explore the world.

Aaron Hildebrand

Art Teacher & Campus Assistant

I attended the University of Cincinnati DAAP program where I met my wife, Amy and got my BFA in Photography. I’ve been working alongside my wife as a professional photographer for the past 12 years and have enjoyed working as a youth development counselor at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon as well, for the past 3 years. I believe that everyone is creative and creativity is a key component in problem-solving. I’m excited to be with CDA to continue inspiring today’s youth and be a part of their artistic / educational journey!

Jennifer Hillard

Intermediate Teacher

I am a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood education. My teaching experience includes student teaching in a 5th grade classroom in Carlisle, Ohio, teaching summer camps here at The Academy and I also spent time substitute teaching after graduating. I am excited to be working at The CinDay Academy this year! I will strive to create a positive and engaging learning environment for my students. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have an amazing son who is almost two! My hobbies are reading, walking, being around friends and family and camping. I look forward to an incredible school year!

Lauren MacDonald

Intermediate Teacher

My name is Lauren MacDonald and I am a certified teacher for The Academy. I graduated from Miami University and have been teaching for over 20 years. I also have numerous continuing education credits. I have taught K-5th grade. Before coming to MIM, I taught 1st grade at Bishop Leibold for 7 years. I am very proud of my excellence in teaching awards: Archdiocese Teacher of Excellence, Excellence in Education, and Nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Award. I have a strong passion for teaching and believe that children deserve the best education possible. Thus, I have worked hard to receive additional funding for classroom learning. I have obtained grants for continuing education in the subjects of Birds of Flight, Wright Brothers and Traveling with Lewis & Clark. I have 2 wonderful children with my husband, Scott. My hobbies include website design and photography.

Erin Magness

High School Math Department Chair

I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in mathematics teaching from Miami University. Most recently, I have been teaching high school math at the Warren County Career Center. I have also worked with high school students through Young Life for seven years. I am married and have a 1-year old son. I am looking forward to working at CinDay and getting to know all of the students!

Jody Massey

Spanish Teacher

I graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors of Arts in the School of Education. I worked as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Cincinnati at a school called Cincilingua and then moved to Monterrey, Mexico for four years with a non-denominational Christian ministry that aided orphans. My family and I try to return to Mexico at least once a year to continue caring for those we love and to teach their children about how other people live in the world. I currently live in Centerville with my husband and 4 children. I homeschooled my children for 5 years while working part time in the areas of nutrition and tutoring students in Spanish. I taught Spanish at Alexandria Montessori School in Centerville for ages 6-14.

Ryan Massey

High School Teacher

I have my Bachelors in Communication with a rhetorical Influence focus from Miami University. I have worked with middle and high school students for fifteen years. After Miami, I worked as a youth pastor in Oxford, OH for four years. Following that, we moved to Monterrey, Mexico for four years where we worked with Back2Back Ministries, an organization that provides care and hope for orphans and vulnerable children. Then we moved to Dayton, where I’ve worked at SouthBrook Church now for 10 years, 7 of them as the high school pastor. I live in Centerville with my wife, Jody, and 4 children, Julian, Isaiah, Jacob and Autumn. For the past 6 years, Jody and I have homeschooled our kids. My personal interests include hiking, camping, climbing, disc golf, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, going on dates with my wife, and spending time with friends and family.

Sherry McMahan

Assistant Principal

I am the Vice Principal at The CinDay Academy. I bring over 15 years of homeschooling experience to our staff. Prior to joining the school, I was the Director of Children's Ministries at SouthBrook Christian Church. I attended Cincinnati Christian University, where I met my husband, Charlie. We have 2 grown children and live in Centerville.

Saralyn Moon

High School Teacher

I graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in Education. I student taught Kindergarten in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and have been teaching at The CinDay Academy for many years. I love to mentor students, travel, go boating and be outdoors. The CinDay Academy has a great philosophy that I believe places the children’s needs first. I hope to create an environment that is stimulating for learning and teach in a child-centered style manner that is appropriate for each of my students. I am very excited and honored to be a part of The CinDay Academy team.

Meredyth Moore

Physical Education Teacher

I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a Minor in Adapted Physical Education. I have taught Physical Education to children with disabilities for two years in the Greene County schools. I am originally from the Toledo area but love living in Springboro. I am married to, John Moore and sister-in-law to Ms. Moore, an Academy Primary Teacher. I also have an adorable son who makes my life extra special every day. I am very excited to be teaching OTGO at Minds in Motion and PE and ASE at The Academy and look forward to inspiring your children to have an active body and active mind.

Justin Niswonger

High School Teacher

I am a certified 7-12 teacher at The CinDay Academy. I am a graduate from Capital University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescent to Young Adult Social Studies Education. While at Capital I was a Scholar All-American soccer player. I have a year of experience teaching history at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center and am going to be looking into earning a Master’s degree in Education shortly. When I am not teaching I am coaching the goal keepers for the Men’s Soccer Program at Springboro High School, and Ohio Galaxies F.C. Additionally, I have been a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the past 8 years and am excited to continue that work moving forward. I am originally from Centerville but currently live in Middletown with my best friend. As a young educator my philosophy of education is always changing and I am excited to see how it fits here at The CinDay Academy. Some of my hobbies include, coaching, music, woodworking, and traveling.

Gina Pangalangan

Founder and Principal

I graduated from Bowling Green University with a BS in Education and I am a certified teacher with over 25 years experience. I have acquired certifications in the following educational areas; Kindergarten, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, and Developmentally Handicapped. During my graduate work at Ohio State University, I studied Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on developmental delays. This program gave me the opportunity to attend and observe numerous progressive early childhood educational classrooms, workshops and seminars. Previously, I was the Preschool Director of Westerville City Schools, a teacher at Centerville Kindergarten Village, and co-coordinator of the YMCA preschool programs. I also participated in the Early Childhood Masters program at Ohio State University. I founded Minds In Motion Early Learning School in 2002 and The Academy at Minds In Motion in 2005. We expanded our campus in 2013 with our arts & fitness facility, Impact Point. I believe that children learn best when they are in a small class size that offers individualized & differentiated instruction while providing challenging hands on activities. Our warm and inviting environment coupled with an excellent staff and best teaching practices makes this an exceptional school with extraordinary opportunities for success. My mission is to give every child his deserved chance to learn, in whatever way he needs to learn, because every child is unique and every child matters.  With this mission, the school is a change agent in the trajectory of the lives of hundreds of students as well as many families and is preparing them for their role in the 21st century.

Caitlin Pelzer

Primary Teacher

My name is Caitlin Pelzer and I am the new Primary Teacher at CDA. I graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University with an Elementary Education degree and minors in Integrated Science & Language Arts. I taught at a unique, multiage, school in Michigan prior to moving to Ohio. My philosophy is to utilize internal motivation psychology, honor human development, hold high expectations, and use a whole child approach. I believe that learning should be a continuous, mastery based process. My classrooms are very hands-on with flexible groupings that allow me to meet my students needs and push them forward. In addition to my experience, I believe my flexibility, work ethic, patience and ability to build strong, positive relationships will have a decisive impact on CDA and your child.

Courtney Popson

Technology Coordinator

I am a graduate of Antioch University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an Endorsement in Reading.  I have numerous hours of teaching experience in infants-1st grade classrooms. I also run a summer Safety Village Program and volunteer as an English as a Second Language teacher. I love spending time with my nephew and my hobbies include playing games, traveling, crafts, and photography.  Making a difference in children’s lives is the most rewarding part of teaching. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher and I look forward to making a difference in your child’s life.

Erica Prather

Middle School Teacher

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. I then went on to receive a M.Ed. from Wright State University. I hold an Ohio professional license to teach adolescents and young adults in the Integrated Language Arts. I have over a decade of experience in the classroom, teaching all age levels between 7th and 12th grade in urban, rural, and suburban settings. In addition to teaching, I have coached various high school sports and advised many student clubs. My husband and I live in Dayton, have been married for 11 years, and have three sons together. I am looking forward to joining the middle school team at CinDay as the Language Arts teacher for grades 6-8, guiding the students through both reading and writing workshops!

Natosha Remley

Middle School & STEM Teacher

I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a concentration in Mathematics. After school, I worked as a software developer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base before leaving to pursue a passion in education. I now have over 7 years of teaching experience, as well as hundreds of hours of additional professional development in the area of Mathematics & STEM Education. I recently attended an immersive, multi-day workshop on Project Based Learning, where I learned how to guide student's education by means of engaging, real-world projects. I strongly believe that all children are born with a natural curiosity and love of learning. It is our job, as educators, to nurture that gift and ensure that they are able to grow & thrive in an environment that suites their individual learning styles & interests. I was blessed to have an education that included weekly hands-on STEM immersion and projects, and I am excited to bring my expertise to such an amazing school!

Becky Roop

Primary Teacher

I am a primary teacher with over 10 years teaching experience. In addition, I have worked as a University of Dayton student teacher supervisor. I graduated from Beloit College with a degree in Elementary Education and English Literature and received a Teaching Excellence Award. I live in Centerville with my husband and 6 children. I am passionate about children and helping others so I foster children, volunteer at Child Advocacy, Southbrook Church, St Vincent’s Shelter and Center of Hope and Interfaith. My mission is to help children thrive in school.

Mike Roop

High School Teacher

I live in Centerville with my wife and my 6 children. I was previously a math teacher at Centerville High School and have my Bachelors in Math and Sociology and earned my Masters in Secondary Education from Wright State. I did my post-graduate work in Counseling at University of Dayton. I developed ACT & SAT Test Prep Curriculum and Strategies in order to help students excel on the ACT & SAT tests. I also developed a ‘Life Patterns’ discovery process to be applied to future life-decisions and to be used by middle school through college-aged students At Centerville High School, I helped select the initial AP Statistics Curriculum and was the first teacher to teach the course at CHS. Currently, I tutor students in math for all skill levels and abilities from pre-algebra to calculus. I am also on staff at SouthBrook Church.

Amanda Schuler

Intermediate Teacher

I am a graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and have over 10 years of teaching experience. I taught 4th grade reading and language arts for most of my years at Waynesville Elementary where I developed differentiated lesson plans to a diverse group of learners, and created reading and language arts curriculum and literacy units. I have had the privilege of learning best teaching practices from many nationally known presenters. I was nominated and awarded the Excellence in Teaching Foundation Award of Project Excellence. I was a tennis instructor at Sycamore Creek Country Club during the summer for many years and coached the Springboro JV High School Boy's tennis team for 3 years. I believe that all students have innovated and creative minds. As an educator, I strive to inspire my students by creating a well -balanced, supportive, loving, caring, and engaging learning environment so all students can be successful. I have had the privilege of spending the last few years at home raising my 7-year-old daughter, and I am looking forward to getting back into the classroom teaching at the Academy! I enjoy running, playing tennis, and most importantly family time with my husband and daughter. We love bike riding, playing at the park, and endlessly riding roller coasters at Kings Island.

Geraldine Wauters

High School Teacher & Student Mediator

Spending one year volunteering in Mexico when I was 18 confirmed my passion for education. Back to Belgium, I started a 3 year bachelor’s degree to become a Mathematic teacher. I took the opportunity to spend one semester in Sweden. Explore, compare, learn, discover about the field of education is what fascinates me. That is why I decided to continue with a master’s degree in Education sciences. While doing my master’s, I took classes to get a diploma in School Mediation. I then married Thibault, and we decided to leave our comfort zone by travelling together. We landed in Springboro for his job. The administrative process took a long time and it gave me the opportunity to substitute one year in Belgium in very different schools (one more technical, one more elitist) and so, meet different challenges of today’s education. When I discovered CinDay Academy, I found a school where differences are taken in consideration, where projects are carried with enthusiasm and where self-questionning for improvement is present. I’m looking forward to teach French and transmit a little bit of my culture, and to teach math, but also to have another kind of contact with the school community by being a school mediator ! What do I do when I’m not at school ? Exploring my new host country, hiking, playing tennis, sewing, reading, cooking.

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