Burton Faculty and Staff

 


Mrs. Susan Gifford, Academy President
Mrs. Gifford has been serving as the Administrator for the school since its opening in the 2005-2006 school year. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to her position. Mrs. Gifford holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s from Cleveland State University and has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education at Lakeland Community College. Mrs. Gifford, her husband Russ, and daughter Emily live in Orwell.
Mrs. Ellen Frecka, Three/Four Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Frecka earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Grove City College with a concentration in Spanish for Grades Kindergarten through Twelfth. She has served as a tutor and a substitute teacher.  Mrs. Frecka teaches in her church’s Sunday school ministry and has worked with children from Toddler age through 12 years old. She resides in Rome.  Mrs. Frecka joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2017-2018 school year.


Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, Four/Five Preschool Teacher
e.miller@agapeca.com

Mrs. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Mount Union College and holds a Preschool through Third Grade teaching license with a Reading Endorsement for Preschool through Twelfth. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing experience as a Kindergarten teacher and Reading Intervention Tutor. Mrs. Miller resides in Burton with her husband Caleb, sons Oliver and Sawyer and daughter Lucy.

 

Mrs. Havilah Southern, Kindergarten Teacher

h.southern@agapeca.com
Mrs. Southern has been with Agape since our first school year in 2005-2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. Prior to joining Agape, she was a teacher at Head Start. Mrs. Southern, her husband Mike, and sons Elijah, Abram, Aaron & Caleb reside in Hiram.

 

Mrs. Amy Taddeo, Kindergarten Teacher
a.taddeo@agapeca.com

Mrs. Taddeo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College with a teaching license for First through Eighth Grade with a concentration in reading.  Mrs. Taddeo, her husband Al and daughters Isabella and Maddy reside in Chardon.  Mrs. Taddeo joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.


Miss Michelle Trask, First Grade Teacher
m.trask@agapeca.com

Miss Trask earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Malone University with a teaching license for Preschool through Third Grade. After graduating from Malone, she spent time on the mission field teaching English in Honduras and has also served as a teacher in Quito Ecuador in a First and Sixth Grade Classroom. Miss Trask joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year.  She resides in Chardon with her family.


Miss Kalyn Ward, First Grade Teacher
k.ward@agapeca.com 
Miss Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mount Union with a major in Early Childhood Education and minors in Intervention Specialist and Psychology. Her teaching license is in Early Childhood Education.  Miss Ward resides in Chardon and joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.

Mrs. Clarissa Dearth, Second Grade Teacher
c.dearth@agapeca.com
Mrs. Dearth holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania and an Association of Christian School certificate. She brings more than 10 years of Christian School teaching experience to Agape. Mrs. Dearth, her husband Ken and daughters Dakota and Makayla live in Middlefield. Mrs. Dearth joined Agape for the 2011-2012 school year.
Mrs. April Haladyna, Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Haladyna earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mount Union and holds teaching licenses in both Early Childhood Education Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade and Mild/Moderate Intervention Grades Kindergarten through Twelfth. Mrs. Haladyna served as an Intervention Specialist for the Mahoning County Educational Services. She served for three summers as a Teacher’s Aide at the Broadmoor Therapeutic Summer Camp and joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year. She lives in Chardon with her husband.

Mrs. AnnMarie Phillips, Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Reading Specialization from Kent State University. She holds a teaching license for Grades First through Eighth with a Reading Endorsement for Kindergarten through Twelfth. Mrs. Phillips resides in West Farmington with her husband Tim and sons Joshua and Zachary. Mrs. Phillips joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.

Mr. Larry Domokos, Fourth Grade Teacher

l.domokos@agapeca.com

Mr. Domokos holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Bob Jones University. He brings 36 years of Christian school teaching experience from Northfield Baptist Christian School. Mr. Domokos resides in Middlefield. He joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Supporting Staff
Mr. Martin Baker, Bus Driver

Mr. Baker comes certified with 27 years of experience driving a variety of trucks and vehicles.  He resides in Mesopotamia with his wife Ruth and children, Kaitlyn and Mason.  Mr. Baker has been with Agape since the 2011-2012 school year.

Mrs. Esther Geletka, Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Geletka holds a degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Reading from Kent State University. She specializes in students who process information differently or are on the Dyslexia spectrum and in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Mrs. Geletka joined Agape in 2005.

Mrs. Bethany Majetich, Music Teacher

Mrs. Majetich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Oral Roberts University.  During her career she taught music in a Christian school with more than 200 students, served as music director for churches, and served the Lord as a missionary.  At Agape, Mrs. Majetich teaches music class and produces the school’s Elementary Christmas program.  She resides in Burton with her husband Bob.  Mrs. Majetich has been with Agape since the 2005-2006 school year.

Mrs. Mandi Matchinga, Intervention Specialist

m.matchinga@agapeca.com

Mrs. Matchinga holds a Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education from Capital University and she holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing more than 10 years of teaching experience. She resides in Middlefield with her husband Mike, son David and daughter Riley.

Mr. Courtney Miller, IT Administrator

c.miller@agapeca.com

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.  He has used computers for many years during his electrical engineering and project management career and had instructed others on the use of computer software during his employment in industry.  Mr. Miller lives in Burton with his daughter Suzanne.  Mr. Miller joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.

Miss Melissa Mullet, Teacher’s Aide

Miss Mullet is a 2015 graduate of Agape Christian Academy. She has experience at Paintbrush Acres Child Care, Forever Young Childcare and Learning Center and with an In-Home Childcare Provider. Miss Mullet has also served at Love & Hope Children’s Home in El Salvador.  She joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year.

Mrs. Christina Walsh, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Walsh assists the President and holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Lakeland Community College.  Mrs. Walsh resides in Middlefield with her husband Joe and their sons Micah and Isaiah.  Mrs. Walsh has been with Agape since the 2010-2011 school year.

Mrs. Rebecca Yost, Art Teacher

Mrs. Yost holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Kent State University in Art Education and teaches art class at Agape.  Before teaching at Agape, she taught art classes for the Grace Home School group.  She resides in Middlefield with husband Neil and children Keegan, Deacon, Corah and Claire.  Mrs. Yost has been with Agape since the 2005-2006 school year.