Meet The Staff of GVA
 My name is Stephanie Bedard, and I am the kindergarten teacher at Global Village Academy. This is my second year of teaching and my second year at GVA as well. I am a recent 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 this is my sixth year teaching first grade at Global Village Academy. 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. This is my fifth year at GVA, and I have been teaching for six years. Previously, I have 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 am also completing my K-3 reading endorsement. 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 have taught Kindergarden through Third grades in a Catholic School. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Saint John College, and have taken classes at Ursuline College in Cleveland, and 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 a beautiful granddaughter. 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. This is my fourth year teaching at GVA. 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. During the summer, I like to spend my time watching the Indians at Progressive Field. 
I began my illustrative career in education by attending Kent State University where I received my Master of Arts In Teaching Degree. I then completed my student teaching in Auckland, New Zealand where I was exposed to a more international elementary curriculum. My first teaching jobs were on American Indian Reservations, Navajo and Mohawk respectively in a fourth grade classroom. 
I’ve also had a Title I position in rural Missouri and for the Seneca Department of Education in New York State for grades k-12. I’ve been teaching for over 10 years including my recent experience teaching abroad in the country of Indonesia focusing on teaching young children and adults. 
My favorite hobbies are long distance biking, canoeing, and playing basketball and soccer. I look forward to continuing my recently started career in Northeast Ohio at GVA!
My name is Lori Mikulka, and I am the Title One teacher. This is my fifth year at GVA, but it is my tenth year teaching. 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 Tiffany Tumino and I am the Spanish teacher at GVA. I am a graduate of the University of Toledo, but am originally from the Cleveland area. I love to travel-- especially overseas. Two Spanish-speaking countries I have visited are Venezuela and El Salvador, and I anticipate adding many more to the list! Other interests of mine include baking, blogging, and hosting international students for holidays.
My name is Lena Planicka, and I am the fourth grade teacher at Global Village Academy. Although this is my first year here at G.V.A., I have been teaching for twenty-two years. Most of my teaching career has been in the fourth grade. I graduated from Baldwin Wallace with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. I then pursued my Master’s degree in Administration in 2008. I have four children, ranging in ages from twenty to eight years old. I enjoy being with my family and friends in my free time, I am blessed with a wonderful family, and many amazing friends. I love watching movies, and I enjoy working in my garden during the summer months
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.