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Par Excellence Academy


Our Staff

Our dedicated team of education professionals hold themselves to the highest standards, therefore providing the best education available. See some reasons why Par Excellence Academy are ranked among the best in the country.

Gisele James Principal
Ms. James has been the principal at Par Excellence Academy since 2010.  After 20 years in business, she transitioned to education with a Masters in Education from Ashland university. She is passionate about helping teachers nurture their students' inner genius.
Jeffrey Hollern Assistant Principal
I’ve worked in education for 33 years and this is my first year as assistant principal at Par Excellence. I enjoy watching sports on the weekends (Go Buckeyes!) but my life focus is to empower students that need extra support to succeed.
Richard Volzke Director of Operations
Paige Anderson Administrative Assistant

This is my first year at Par. My child attends this extraordinary school and loves it here! In my free time I enjoy painting, traveling and Sunday Football! (Go Bengals!) I am excited to grow with Par and see what the future holds for our amazing students!

Stephanie Yost Secretary

I have been with Par Excellence Academy since August 2010.  I love everything about PARX!  My husband and I have been married for 36 years.  We have two grown daughters, two sons in law and one amazing grandson.    

Mia Bicker Enrollment and Community Relations
Both my kids attend Par Excellence and it’s been an amazing opportunity for them. I’m happy to be a part of connecting our community to the great education my kids have experienced here.
Jay Allen Building Maintenance
Ouila Hill After School Program Director
I have worked with children for 25 years and this is my second year at Par. I live for the aha! moments when the kids understand a new idea. I have four grandbabies and in my free time enjoy scrapbooking, doing hair, and watching sports with my husband.
Samantha Fowler Kindergarten
I’ve been a teacher for 8 years and love being a teacher and mom more than anything! I believe students learn best through active, hands-on learning and work to facilitate a life-long love of learning in my students.
Amanda Hartman Kindergarten
I have been a teacher at Par Excellence Academy for 5 years. I have taught kindergarten, first grade and third grade! I also work at the Wilds during the summer. I love seeing all the animals everyday! I believe every child has the ability to learn and every day they’ll get an extra dose of love and support in my classroom.
Kari Kelly Kindergarten
I am excited to be teaching my first year at Par Excellence and I have experience in multiple school districts. My husband Richard and I have two girls that are 15 & 7 years old. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, Ohio State Buckeyes, the outdoors, the beach, and decorating my home.
Courtney Armstrong First Grade
Mom, Step mom, Foster Mom, Wife, Teacher, dog lover, fun, strict, goofy, selfie taker. I have many roles in my life, but one thing you will always get from me is 100% love and dedication to your child and to Par Excellence Academy.
Nicole McAlpine First Grade
    This is my fifth year working at Par.  I received my master's in education from MVNU.  I have two wonderful little boys and enjoy spending my free time with them. 
Chris Estadt Second Grade
I am a graduate of OSU with a master’s in elementary education. I have been married for 26 years and we have one son who is also married. In my spare time I like to fish, garden, cook, and build models.
Crystal Wood Second Grade
   I received my Bachelor's in elementary education from OUL. Currently, I am working to earn my master's degree  in reading. I have served  communities and families across Ohio throughout various education related positions, the Ohio Education Association,  and volunteer services for several years. I love to read and garden.           
Collin Blaney Third Grade
I obtained my degree in early childhood education/special education and a master’s of education from Seton Hill University, where I played collegiate lacrosse. I believe in the importance of movement and activity to engage students in a passion for learning.
Heather Danna Fourth Grade/Science
My name is Mrs. Danna, I am a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. This is my first year here Par Excellence Academy. Science is my favorite subject to teach and learn about, especially geology and fossil collecting! I love baking and camping with my family in my free time.
Samantha Frizzell Fourth Grade/Social Studies
I received my master’s degree in education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I have been teaching at Par Excellence for three years. I enjoy making a difference in students’ lives and helping them become positive, life-long learners.
Mallory McKnight Fifth Grade/Math
      I received my bachelors in education and minor in special education from Bethany College. I love helping my students be the best they can be!  I coach volleyball in my spare time and enjoy traveling, crafting, organizing and the Pittsburg Steelers!
Amber Sampson Sixth Grade/English
I am from the little town of Crooksville, Ohio. 
I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University-Zanesville in 2010, and for the past three years I’ve been teaching in Columbus.  This is my first year at Par Excellence Academy.
Jane Krueger Gym
I am a retired Physical Education Teacher from Newark City Schools. I am also a retired Heath City Water Park Manager and did that for forty years. I have three grown children and one wonderful grandson. I love to be active and love teaching physical education!
Lee Ann Lugar Music
Peter Scharf Long Term Sub
Amy Ewbank Paraprofessional
Heather Ewbank Paraprofessional
Amanda Ware Paraprofessional
My three children attend school at Par Excellence and I manage the lunch and snacks and help as a teacher’s aide. I went to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Orlando. I love camping, being outdoors and participating in the boy scouts with my sons.
Sara Arends Success for All Facilatator
Title I Coordinator
Alisha Fenton Title I Math
I have a master’s in education and love school so much I keep going back for more certificates. I share this love of learning with my students! A Newark native, I love traveling and international cultures and taught in Japan for six years.
Lindsey Peterson Intervention Specialist
I have a master’s in special education and have worked in education for almost forty years, either in schools or corporate training & sales. I love to travel, especially to Great Britain, and lived in Mexico for six months. I’m a loyal Michigan State Spartans fan!
Lani Rush Health Clinic
I have worked for Par Ex for 5 years. I love spending time with my 13 grandchildren. I really enjoy my job and coworkers at Par Excellence Academy.
Adam Houchins Technology
        I bring a gambit of skills to the Par Excellence team and students! With 9 years of technical experience to boot. I like to think I’m part 1 part professional gamer. 1 part illustrator, 1 part mad scientist and 2 parts technological guru – Wait… is that too many parts?