Our Staff

We believe OGA teachers and staff should be both exceptional people and professionals. When interviewing candidates, we ask ourselves whether or not we’d like them to be teaching our own children (as it’s quite possible they may be doing so).  It is also very important that your child be inspired by faculty which is committed to connecting with both them and you.  We look for highly qualified individuals who are caring, loving, nurturing, and likeable.

Oak Grove Academy teachers hail from all over the globe (the Americas, Asia, Africa and Western Europe), and well over half of our staff have Masters or Bachelor’s Degrees.  All are CPR and First Aid Certified, and earn twenty units of continuing education credit in Early Childhood Development, each and every year (doubling the state requirement of ten).

The average tenure of our lead teachers is well over seven years, and in total, the average tenure at Oak Grove Academy is five and a half years. Some teachers have been with us for twenty years!

The Oak Grove Academy Advisory Board

A diverse and balanced group of educational and organizational experts, our Advisory Board is at the vanguard of Early Childhood Education.  The Oak Grove Academy board is comprised of the following professionals:

YK~  Curriculum Coordinator

Thirty-five years of experience in Early Childhood and middle school Education and curriculum design

 Master’s Degree, Multi-Methods of Education –  Marygrove College

 Master’s Degree, Elementary Education –  Eastern Michigan University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education –  Eastern Michigan University

LGB~ Administrative Director and Curriculum Development

Twelve years of educational administrative experience as both a high school principal and vice-principal, and currently immersed in her passion for speech language therapy

 Master’s Degree, Communication Disorders –  Utah State University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Communication Disorders –  Utah State University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Educational Leadership and Administration –  Plymouth State University

LL~  Teacher Advisor /Instructor and Curriculum Development

Twenty two years of educational experience and three time nominee, Teacher of the Year

 Master’s Degree, Education Management –  Kennesaw State University

 Master’s Degree, Curriculum Design and Instruction –  Lincoln Memorial University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Special Education –  Furman University

RL~  Director of Education

Twelve years of educational experience

 Bachelor’s Degree, History –  Eastern Michigan University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Spanish –  Eastern Michigan University

SJ~  Early Childhood Psychology Contributor

Forty years of experience as a child psychologist with an academic and practice concentration in Preschool, autism, the hearing impaired and gifted

 Master’s Degree, Psychology –  Alfred University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Education Specialist in School Psychology –  Alfred University

 Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology –  Alfred University

DL~  Chief Financial Officer

Thirteen years of higher educational experience

 Master’s Degree, International Relations –  La Universidad de Oviedo (Spain)

 Bachelor’s Degree, Economics –  The University of Georgia

 Bachelor’s Degree, English Literature –  The University of Georgia

CL~  Director of Planning

Fifteen years of higher education facility management

 Bachelor’s Degree, Communications (Summa Cum Laude) –  Oglethorpe University

JD~  Director of Visual Art and Technology

Fifteen years of higher educational experience

 Bachelor’s Degree, Fine Arts –  Yale University