Our Board of Directors

  • Gregory Taylor, President
  • Mark Curry
  • Davison Mupinga
  • Earle Harris
  • James Grant
The teachers work diligently to meet the needs of every student with small group instruction. It is an honor to work in such a great establishment!
— Nancy Wardell

Meet Our Team: School Leadership

Brian Hairston, Principal, Beacon Academy, BHairston@beaconacademyedu.org 

Christina Fricker – Dean of Students, cfricker@beaconacademyedu.org 
Hello, my name is Christina Fricker and am the Dean of Students at Beacon Academy.  I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, (1-8).  After graduation, I taught 1st grade in Northern Indiana for 3 years until I got married and then moved to Canton, Ohio. Currently, I am in my 15th year here in the building. During my teaching experience, I have taught Title 1, 3rd and 2nd grades. Every day brings new challenges as well as successes! My free time is spent with family and best of all, my 1 year-old granddaughter!

Meet Our Team: Office Manager

Ann Wyant – Office Manager/Enrollment Specialist, awyant@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello, my name is Ann Wyant and I am the Office Manager at Beacon Academy.  I am responsible for enrollment, re-enrollment, attendance issues, and maintaining student records.   I have also worked as a one-on-one aide, EMIS coordinator, and teacher aide. This experience has enlightened my life immensely.  I love working at the school in any capacity as each one of the children hold a special place in my heart.  I live with my husband and I have 7 children, 7 son-in-law and daughter-in-law members, and 10 grandchildren.

Meet Our Team: Educators + Intervention Specialists

Jen Anderson – 1st Grade, janderson@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Anderson. I teach first grade here at Beacon Academy. This is my 20th year in education and my 3rd year teaching in Canton, Ohio. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through education.  I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. I began my education at Muskingum University in southern Ohio, and finished with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1-8) in 1995 from The University of Akron. My family and I live in the country where we enjoy raising chickens, gardening, riding 4-Wheelers and hunting.

Kelly Brodzenski – 3rd Grade, kbrodzenski@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello, my name is Kelly Brodzenski and I teach 3rd grade at Beacon Academy. I have been part of the Beacon Bobcat team since August of 2016.  I graduated from Kent State University with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree in 2015.  I have previously worked in the preschool field for twelve years including working for Precious Cargo in Sebring, Ohio and for the Stark County Educational Service Center.  I have three children: Naomi (13), Enoch (9), and Lylah (7). I have been married to my husband Dwight for 9 years.  We enjoy fishing, traveling, music, and having fun of course, which is why I love to teach 3rd grade!  It is always an adventure and you never know what is going to happen.  We always have a blast in the classroom and try to make every day worthwhile!  

 Nancy Burket – 7th/8th Grade Math, Social Studies, nburket@beaconacademyedu.org
Hi, my name is Nancy Burket and I am the 7th and 8th grade math and social studies teacher here at Beacon Academy. I graduated from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Minors in Music and Middle School Mathematics. I also obtained my Master’s degree in Special Education. My licenses include a 5 Year Professional Middle Childhood (4-9), Early Childhood (P-3), and an Intervention Specialist (K-12). My love for mathematics and developing cooperative learning groups inspired me to work with this age group where students are really striving to think critically and question the world around them. I enjoy discussing our world’s history and how it can be seen today as well as having students share their different views on what could be used to make our world a better place. I diligently try to meet the needs of all my students so that they can develop into the leaders of our future and be successful citizens of society.

Jason Garden – Intervention Specialist, jgarden@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello, my name is Jason Garden. I am an Intervention Specialist at Beacon Academy. My goal as a teacher and commitment to the teaching profession is to help each student in the pursuit of reaching his or her fullest potential. My teaching experiences have allowed me to work with students from a variety of backgrounds with diverse abilities. In my teaching experience as a Mild and Moderate Intervention Specialist, I’ve worked with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade, and also with students who were very diverse both culturally and linguistically.

Prior to earning my Mild and Moderate Teaching License from Kent State University, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Marketing and worked in business for several years. Those experiences have helped shape my point of view about the knowledge and skills students will have to acquire to be successful in the workplace of the future.

John Hughes – Physical Education, Grades K-12, jhughes@beaconacademyedu.org
Hi, my name is John Hughes. After spending 15 years in the tire industry, I decided to make a career change that offered more of a reward. I really enjoy working with youth and seeing them achieve their goals. I am a firm believer that Physical Education is not about sports and competition, but lifetime skills for a healthier way of living. Everyone can enjoy some form of physical activity, whether through walking, dance, or a game they like to play. At Beacon Academy, I hope to instill the values and work ethic that our young people can carry with them for a lifetime.

David McCallum – 6th Grade, dmccallum@beaconacademyedu.org
Hi, I’m David McCallum and I teach a 6th grade self-contained class here at Beacon Academy. I am in my 18th year of teaching.  I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (1-8) in 1999 from The University of Akron.  I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their goals through education. I believe that education empowers a child and helps him or her make a positive contribution to our world.  I enjoy being outdoors.  During the summer, I spend my free-time camping, swimming and hiking.  In the winter, I love to ski and play volleyball.  I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!

Jennifer Mountford – 7th and 8th Grade ELA and Social Studies, 
Hello, my name is Jennifer Mountford.  I currently teach grades 7 and 8 ELA and Science at Beacon Academy. I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Elementary Education (1-8).  I have been teaching for 16 years in both Ohio and Florida.  I enjoy working with kids and helping them to become responsible students and citizens!  My students also enjoy getting me to show them my fancy hip hop moves!

Rachel Palmer – Kindergarten, rpalmer@beaconacademyedu.org
Hi, my name is Rachel Palmer and I teach Kindergarten.  I graduated from Kent State University and I am licensed to teach grades pre-Kindergarten through third grade.  I have previously taught for five years as a preschool teacher and spent a year teaching Title classes before joining the Beacon Academy team.  I have wanted to teach Kindergarten students since I was a little girl and I am so happy to say that I am living out my dream of teaching.  I enjoy getting to spend my day listening to funny stories and the curious minds of Kindergarteners.  In my free time, I like to play piano and spend time with my husband and family. 

Erica Raby – Art Teacher, Grades K-8, eraby@beaconacademyedu.org
Hi! My name is Erica. Raby and I’m the super-creative Art Teacher at Beacon Academy. My artistic background is in painting and drawing. I attended Mount Union College for my Bachelors of Art Degree and later Kent State University for my Master’s degree in Fine Art. For 10 years I have been teaching art classes part-time at different schools and art organizations in the area. My passion is sharing what I love to do.

Nicoleta Smith –Intervention Specialist, nkourouniotis@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello! My name is Nicoleta Smith.  I am an Intervention Specialist at Beacon Academy. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University of Akron, with Cum Laude.  My certifications include Pre-K to 3rd Grade in General Education and Intervention Specialist.  I teach small group instruction to students on Individual Education Plans.  I have been a substitute teacher for 6 years at various locations.  I also worked for Learn It for a year.  I live with my husband Thad and three children.

Brooke Yost – 4th Grade, byost@beaconacademyedu.org
Hello, my name is Brooke Yost.  I am the 4th grade teacher.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland University.  My license is Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade with a 4th and 5th grade endorsement. I have always had a love of teaching and knew that I wanted to work with children of all ages.  I love teaching 4th grade because my students love to do wacky and crazy projects to help them learn the information.

Wendy Bartschy – 7/8th Grade Math and Science, wbartschy@beaconacademyedu.org
Welcome to Beacon Academy! I am Wendy Bartschy and it is a pleasure to teach 7th and 8th grade math and science. Teaching is my passion and I have a strong belief that every child has the potential to reach success. It is my goal to help each of my students develop and understand their full potential in the classroom and in the community.

I have been in the education field for 10 years and I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with a focus on Math, Science and Reading for grades 4-9. My experience includes working in urban areas of both Cleveland and Akron. I have been a teacher for Beacon Academy since 2017. In my free time I enjoy fishing and spending time with friends and family.

Brianna Stachler - Intervention Specialist, bstachler@beaconacademyedu.org

Temeah Ross - ParaProfessional, tross@beaconacademyedu.org