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.

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.

Gretchen Brocwell

Preschool Teacher

I am an Early Childhood teacher and I have a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio Dominican University and a M.Ed. - Community Counseling, from Ohio University. Aside from teaching, my professional experience includes providing education, skill building, insight, and interventions to children and families across educational, home, and social service settings. I enjoy cooking, reading, going to parks, and being outdoors enjoying nature. My family includes my husband Brad, son Brandon, and 2 dogs, Balley and Flanagan. I love animals as well as children, and my journey at Minds in Motion began when my own son was in preschool here and I was the Pet Care Volunteer. I love teaching at MIM because I love seeing the joy and potential in the children and helping them love learning!

Jennifer Brown

Primary Teacher

I have been teaching at The CinDay Academy for several years in the PreK through 2nd grades. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Education. After graduating I taught a 3/4 split classroom and fifth grade for Columbus Public Schools. I left teaching to become a Stay at Home Mom. Now that my 3 boys have grown up, I am enjoying being back to what I grew up always wanting to do.... teach.

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.

Robin Dieckman

North Building Aide

I graduated from Wright State University with a BA in Psychology. Desiring to positively influence youth, I volunteered and later directed a program that mentored Junior High and High school girls. Recently, I was the Coordinator of an After School Program for 3rd thru 8th grade students. I am married with 3 wonderful and amazing children, twin boys and a daughter. I enjoy being active outside, spending time with my family, gardening, and traveling. I am very excited to join the CinDay team, which is integrating traditional book style learning into project based, computer and career shadowing opportunities. In addition, I have had the honor to witness many times the students, parents and faculty at CinDay act as a family, who have strengthened and supported its members. I look forward to greeting your child each morning and assisting the teaching staff to equip these future leaders of tomorrow!

Kyle Dinger

Middle School Teacher

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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

PreK Teacher

I am an Assistant Kindergarten Enrichment 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.

Jo Fultz

Career & Curriculum Director

Born & raised in England, I graduated from Nottingham University with a bachelor's degree in French & German. I moved to Paris, France in 1999 to work in marketing for Alstom, then for Francois Pinault. I completed a French graduate degree in education in 2005 & taught 6-12 grade, then became Co-President of the Paris/Versailles examination committee & taught International Trade at college level. I ran my own marketing business before moving to Ohio in 2014 & obtaining my state teaching & medical interpreter licenses. I taught classes at UC & schools in the Dayton area before joining the CinDay Academy as part of the high school founding team.

Melissa Glover

Primary Teacher

I am so excited to be teaching an Primary class. I believe that active learning is the key to happy, motivated, and challenged students. Hands-on teaching where students are engaged and learning with all of their body and brain is what I strive for in my classroom. My goal is to incorporate a variety of teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of my students. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree and in K-8 and received my Masters in Literacy from the University of Dayton. I previously taught at Centerville City Schools and The Academy and thrilled to be back teaching at The CinDay Academy in a setting where kids love coming to school! I married my high school sweetheart and we have three beautiful girls. I am honored to be a teacher here & look forward to a great year!

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!

Susan Lehman

Middle & High School Teacher

I graduated with a BS Education in Chemistry, endorsement in General Science from Miami University and I will have my masters from Wright State University in Earth Science. I have taught middle school science in all areas for 6 years. I am married and have 2 wonderful elementary age children. I’m an outdoor person and love to hike, camp, backpack, bike and travel to enjoy natural places. I also love to read, garden, and try new things. I endeavor to create a stimulating, engaging, cooperative environment where every student can enjoy success as they learn and grow in various developmental and educational objectives. I like students to experience a variety of educational activities to keep class interesting and I accommodate for a wide range of interests and learning styles. Science and the outdoors are my passion.

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 Teacher

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 & Middle/High School Teacher

I am the Assistant Principal and Middle School Social Studies & History Specialist at The CinDay Academy. I am responsible for coordinating parent volunteers, ASE, EXTRA and Spotlight. 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.

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.

Saralyn Moore

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.

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.

Courtney Popson

Family Room

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.

Natosha Remley

STEM Teacher

I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. After school, I worked as a software developer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I currently live in Centerville with my husband and 3 children, of whom I have homeschooled for the last 5 years. We have 3 cats & 1 dog, and often kittens that we are fostering for The Humane Society of Greater Dayton. 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 I am excited to bring a dedicated STEM program 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

Middle & 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.

Shelly Saylor

Middle School Teacher

I am a middle school teacher at The CinDay Academy. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University and have worked in a variety of educational situations and settings for the past twenty years. This year will bring many wonderful new learning experiences for your child. I will use developmentally appropriate practices that are both individualized and based on hands-on learning activities. My goal is to use all of their senses to discover the joy of learning! Personally, I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and two loving daughters. Spending time together is my favorite past-time, but I also enjoy reading, traveling and all kinds of exercise.

Heather Thomas

High School Teacher

As a lifelong learner and a History major with a 7-12 Integrated Social Studies license, I wrote and directed my own large Independent Study Thesis project for both my junior and senior years in college based on religious persecution in Sudan. Working with special needs students after college, life then lead me to serve an AmeriCorps term with the American Red Cross, later resulting in a paid position within Disaster Services. Interacting with people of all backgrounds as well as non-profit, for-profit, and governmental entities taught me a lot about Social Studies "in the real world". Additionally, I enjoy traveling with my family, watching my silly 1 year old grow, being outdoors, scuba diving, technical theatre, martial arts, reading, and learning new things! I'm incredibly excited to see how I can help make this year a great one for each and every one of our students!

Curry Winters

Drama Teacher & Spotlight Coordinator

I was born in the theater and proud to say I learned it all from my mother. Creating plays in the basement as a young child, performing as a dancer and lead roles throughout my school years, I graduated from Butler University as a Theater major. I worked professionally as a Stage Manager and Director in the theater and as a Production Manager and Producer in film production. I am excited to share my experience and knowledge with CDA in their drama department.




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