Meet Our Teachers and Staff
My name is Stephanie Bedard, and I am the Kindergarten teacher at Global Village Academy. I began teaching at GVA in January of 2016. I am a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, with my bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. During my time at Baldwin Wallace, I student taught in Maple Heights City School District and I have also worked at Shaker Height City School District. When I am not at school, I enjoy baking, relaxing, and spending time with my family.
My name is Maja Sulovari and I have been teaching at Global Village Academy since the school opened. I was born and raised in Croatia, part of former Yugoslavia. After going through a war in 1995, my parents decided that it was in our family’s best interest to move to the United States. Although this transition proved to be difficult, I quickly adapted to American culture and the English language. In 2005, I graduated from Lakewood High School and decided to further pursue my interests in teaching at Cleveland State University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011.In my free time, I enjoy watching movies with my husband, cooking, traveling, and reading.
My name is Amanda Simmons, and I am the second grade teacher at Global Village Academy. I began teaching at GVA in 2012. Previously, I taught kindergarten in Columbus and first grade at GVA. I graduated in 2011 from Kent State University with a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. I live in Lakewood with my husband, Jake, and our cat, Ella. In my free time, I enjoy decorating projects, reading, and making people laugh.
My name is Terry Yurko and I currently teach Third Grade at Global Village Academy. Previously, I taught grades Kindergarden through third at a Catholic School. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint John College, and have taken classes at Ursuline College in Cleveland; I am always trying to stay abreast of current trends in education by attending workshops and seminars. My teaching career has spanned over 40 years and I still love working with children. My family includes two grown children, a son-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren. Being a cat lover, I have three crazy cats who are very mischievous. My hobbies include reading, cake decorating, walking, and camping. I also love to travel and have visited 38 of the 50 states.
My name is Jeremy Tesny and I teach 5th grade at Global Village Academy, and math fro grades 5—7. I began teaching at GVA in 2013. I graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in math. I love all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball, and golf. I also supervise a gold team at GVA. In the summer, I like to spend my time watching the Indians at Progressive Field.
My name is Lori Mikulka, and I am the Title One teacher. I started teaching at GVA in 2012, but I taught for four years before that. Previously, I taught kindergarten and second grade in Poland, Ohio and first grade in Cleveland. I earned my teaching degree from Youngstown State University in 2002. I have been married to my husband Mark since 2002. We have 2 sons, Josh (2003) and Zach (2005). We live in Twinsburg, along with our adorable dog, Mojo. I love anything and everything Disney! When I'm not at school, I enjoy listening to music, completing home projects, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my boys.
My name is Melissa Boehnlein, and I am the middle school science teacher and Seventh grade homeroom teacher at Global Village Academy. I graduated from Cleveland State University with my Bachelors degree in teaching in 2007. Before GVA, I was a junior high math and science teacher at a Catholic school for 9 years. I am married and have one son, Cory. We have two dogs, Abbie and Eugene, and a snake named Monty. During my free time, I enjoy reading, playing with the dogs, and just being with my husband, Larry, and our son, Cory.
My name is Rebecca Powers, and I am the intervention specialist at Global Village Academy. I graduated from Bowling Green State University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 2014. In addition to teaching, I coach cross-country and track for Parma Senior High School. Outside of school I enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with my family.
My name is Sandra Blandón. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business from the Jesuit University of Central America. Ten years ago, I moved to the United States of America, learned the English language and earned my citizenship. I became a private Spanish teacher and have had the opportunity to instruct students from K-12 with different backgrounds and adults with diverse professions. My philosophy is to include global perspectives while teaching the Spanish language and culture. My goal is to guide my students in developing skills that will enable them to communicate with Spanish speakers from around the world. I enjoy traveling, dancing, drumming and being a life-long learner.
My name is Mary Doerge, and I am the 4th grade teacher at GVA. I taught for 33 years with the Parma City Schools in kindergarten, pre-first, 5th, and 6th grade, as well as special education. I also taught preschool for a year. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. I live in Medina County with my husband and four children. We have a small hobby farm where we raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, which are miniature dairy goats. I enjoy traveling with my family, reading and scrapbooking.
Highly Qualified Teachers
Global Village Academy has some of the most qualified teachers in the country and we are extremely proud of the qualities of our teaching staff. All teachers at GVA have college degrees and many have advanced degrees. Each teacher holds a current license/certificate from the state of Ohio, along with all required endorsements for the particular grade and subject level that he/she teaches.
Kimberly Lane, 6th grade and English Language Arts grades 5—7... bio coming soon!