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Yolanda Osborne-Kohn

Head Teacher

Mrs. Kohn has worked in education and finance for over 35 years, in both the private and public sector. Her experience includes teaching all ages from 3-99! She specializes in reading, grammar, and phonics. Her goal is to use her background in early childhood development to incorporate fundamental and practical applications of knowledge for students.

Ash Shannon

Art and Assistant Teacher

Ms. Ashley attended Douglas Anderson School of the arts. She attended Lycoming College. Ms. Ashley is a great asset to the team, she brings creativity and fun to the classroom. She teaches the students how to view the world through a creative lens. This allows to students to see the beauty in imperfection.


Denise Hambrick

Yoga Teacher

Denise Hambrick is our amazing yoga teacher. She spent 30+ years as a pediatric nurse working primarily with special needs children. She has always had a passion for alternative medicines and healing. So yoga was her natural next step. We are so lucky to have her

Jay Brown

Drum Teacher

Mr. Jay Brown's specialty is the drum set with an emphasis on working with special needs students. He studied music at Florida A & M University and FSCJ, where he studied jazz. He directs an amazing drumline of talented young people. We are so happy to have him on our team.


Kyley Mendez

Vocal Tech Teacher

Mrs. Mendez studied the vocal arts at Douglas Anderson for 3 years. She facilitated and worked alongside youth of all ages and abilities at the MWR Youth and Teen Center. Mentoring and inspiring youth to get out of their comfort zones and try new things is a passion for her. Her experience and gentle encouragement will aid in giving our students a chance to understand and dive into the fun of music theory and the ability to unleash their inner voices in a positive and encouraging environment!

Tayden Haile


Tayden Hale is the principal and CEO of the Haile Academy. He is a Navy veteran father of 7 children, a husband, pastor, and a community service leader. He has a AS in Nursing, BS in Criminal Justice and is finishing up his Master’s of Divinity. He has a passion for education and loves to see his students grow and excel beyond their prescribed capabilities.

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