Meet The Staff

The WAY American School Online central team is committed to providing high quality online programs and services to our students, staff, schools, and families.



Dave Strudwick

Executive Director


Dave has thirty years of experience and has worked as a teacher, adviser and principal. He is a published author and co-founded two schools. He has a passion for what makes people tick, the creative use of technology and developed a project that resulted in the world’s youngest published scientists.

Outside of the school he loves sport, fishing, camping with his family and watching a movie.



Lindita Qira

Assistant Director


Lindita is a skilled educator with a deep understanding of multidisciplinary project-based learning and experienced in engaging hands-on learning, while maintaining academic rigor.

Lindita started teaching at the high school level in English and Health in the classroom setting, and as an ESL college instructor at Lawrence Technological University. She has been with WAY since 2010 where she served as an ELA and Health online expert. During that time she developed and implemented the health curriculum and aided in developing the ELA curriculum.

As part of her role with WAY, she works with the online teaching staff to instill practices for teaching diverse learners through well-versed instructional strategies reaching students of different skill levels in the same instructional setting.

During her free time she enjoys reading, writing, spending quality time with family and going on little adventures with her son.


Brett Emil

Director of Development


Brett serves as the Assistant Director of Development. As a high school English teacher, he loved designing instruction and bringing creative ideas to life. Brett comes from a classroom teaching and instructional design background. Prior to joining the WAY team, he spent several years teaching at public schools and Wayne State University.

Outside of the office, you’ll find him reading, playing board games, and hiking with his son and wife.

Online Teaching Staff

Meet our online teaching staff who create instruction, grade student work, and do what it takes to help our students succeed.

William Ballard

Health & Physical Education Teacher

Randi Watts

Careers Teacher

Lea Arend

Social Studies & ICT Teacher

Jennifer Tomanek

Careers Teacher

Beverly Henry

Science Teacher

Stephanie Current

Visual Arts Teacher

Megan Thompson

Science Teacher

Juliette Abbott

Theatre Teacher

Maggie Gistinger

Social Studies Teacher

Joe Bradley

Social Studies & ICT Teacher

Jason Williams

ELA & Social Studies Teacher

Tina Donze

Music Teacher

Kathryn Haske

Math Teacher

Sara Millward

ELA Teacher

John Martini

Physical Education Teacher

Amanda Coughlin

Psychology Teacher

Kerin Stover

Science Teacher

Stacy Long

Social Studies Teacher

Debra Lammers

Social Studies & ELA Teacher

Tracy Dryer

ELA & Psychology Teacher

Jeff Sanford

Social Studies Teacher

Lynn Bahena

Math Teacher

Laurie Leet

Spanish Teacher