Meet Our Teachers and Staff

Everyday our teachers create opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe, comfortable, and confident.  


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 our teachers 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.  Our amazing instructors are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students exceed their every expectation—read some of their stories below.


Oleh Holowatyj

Superintendent/MS History

Mr. Holowatyj is the founder and Superintendent of Global Village Academy.  Prior to starting GVA Major Holowatyj spent over 20 years in the Military in various positions; Infantry, Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, Aviator and Foreign Area Officer.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Kent State University as well as earning his private pilot’s license.  He later went on to earn a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs while still on active duty.  After retiring from the military, Mr. Holowatyj and his family moved back to Ohio where he taught all subjects at Richmond Heights Middle School.  He retired from Richmond Heights in 2014 to dedicate his time to Global Village Academy.  Although his superintendent responsibilities keep him busy, he still finds time to share his knowledge and experiences with GVA students.  His many hobbies include Racket Ball, Skiing, Hockey, SCUBA diving, going to antique shops with his wife and helping his children with anything requiring construction.


Olesya Bilak

Office Manager

Bio coming soon...


Maja Sulovari

Grade 1

Maja Sulovari has been teaching first grade at GVA since the school opened. She was born and raised in Croatia, part of former Yugoslavia. After a war in 1995, her parents decided that it was in their family’s best interest to move to the United States. Although this transition proved to be difficult, Mrs. Sulovari quickly adapted to American culture and the English language.  In 2005, she graduated from Lakewood High School and decided to further pursue her interests in teaching at Cleveland State University, where she received a BS Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, Mrs. Sulovari enjoys watching movies with her husband, cooking, traveling, and reading.


Terry Yurko

Grade 3

Terry Yurko teaches third grade at Global Village Academy. Previously, she taught Kindergarten through third grade at a Catholic School. She has a BS Degree in Education from Saint John College, and has taken classes at Ursuline College in Cleveland. Ms. Yurko's teaching career spans over 40 years and she still loves working with children. Her family includes two grown children, a son-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren. Being a cat lover, she has three crazy cats who are very mischievous. Her hobbies include reading, cake decorating, walking, and camping. She also loves to travel and has visited 38 of the 50 states. 


Kenneth Mattern

Grade 5

Kenneth Mattern earned a BS in Sociology from Kent State University and a Master’s in Teaching. He has participated in language development training for the Seneca language (Ono’do’waht’gat Gawe:no), and is able to speak some Bahasa Indonesian. During his student-teaching experience, Mr. Mattern traveled overseas to Auckland, New Zealand. He began his career in Arizona as a 4th grade teacher and since then, he's taught in New York State, Missouri, and recently as an ESL teacher in Indonesia. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mr. Mattern now lives in Hiram with his wife, Purniasih. When he's not teaching, Mr. Mattern spends his time enjoying outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, biking, and hiking.  He also enjoys traveling across parts of the U.S.. His favorite sports are soccer and basketball, both of which he still participates in. 


Melissa Boehnlein

Grade 7/Middle School ELA

Melissa Boehnlein is the middle-school science teacher and seventh grade homeroom teacher at Global Village Academy.  She graduated from Cleveland State University with a BS in teaching. Before GVA, she taught junior-high math and science at a Catholic school for nine years.  Mrs. Boehnlein is married and has one son, Cory.  She also has two dogs, Abbie and Eugene, and a snake named Monty. During her free time, she enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, and just being with her family, 


Lydia Apostoluk


Lydia Apostoluk is a small group instructor and tutor at Global Village Academy. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS degree in Child Development, and currently holds an Ohio Resident Educator License. She lives in Parma, OH with her family. When she's not teaching, Ms. Apostoluk enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, cooking, baking, and reading. 

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Janelle Cole


Bio coming soon...

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Oana Banu

Intervention Specialist

Bio coming soon!


Frances Banks

Speech/Language Therapist

Bio coming soon!


Antonio Pereira

Computers/Spanish Cultures

Mr. Pereira grew up in Parma Heights, Ohio and currently lives in Cleveland Heights. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in Spanish and later attained his MA in Educational Technology. Mr. Pereira has been a Spanish teacher for 15 years and is currently teaching K-8 Spanish and Computer Science here at Global Village Academy. He is also the supervisor for the Running Club, and the Middle School Student Council.

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Galina Yuskiv

Cafeteria Manager

Galina Yuskiv began working at GVA in 2015. She was born in Ukraine and graduated from Buchach Technical  with a degree in Veterinary and Animal Husbandry. Mrs. Yuskiv moved to America with her family in 1992. In 1994, she married her handsome husband, Anatoly. Together, they live in Parma and have six beautiful children . Some are students at GVA. Mrs. Yuskiv worked at Willcare home for ten years, taking care of the elderly. She enjoys working in the GVA cafeteria and is a friendly face for the students. When she's not at school, Mrs. Yuskiv enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family.

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Diane Boehnlein

Substitute Teacher

Bio coming soon!


Alexandra Holowatyj


Alexandra earned a BA in Humanities at Saint Mary's College and then went on to study Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She has worked at GVA since it opened in 2011.  It brings her great joy to see the school grow and she loves getting to know the students and their families. Outside of GVA, Mrs. Alexandra is involved with a Ukrainian Music Camp, Kobzarska Sich, where students learn to play a traditional Ukrainian instrument called the bandura. In her free time, she takes traditional Irish step-dance classes, and enjoys crafting. Although Toronto, ON is her favorite city, she currently lives in Cleveland with her husband, Michael, and their fluffy cat, Sichka.

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Anna Holowatyj


Anna Holowatyj has been the Principal at Global Village Academy since 2012. She has a BS degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Special Education from Kent State University. Mrs. Holowatyj has a wide variety of teaching experience both within the continental U.S. and overseas as her family traveled extensively for the military. At GVA, you can find her in the halls and classrooms, getting to know each student and supporting their learning. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, listening to music, and reading educational literature.


Stephanie Bedard


Stephanie Bedard is the kindergarten teacher at GVA.  She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, earning a BS degree in Early Childhood Education.  When she is not at school, Mrs. Bedard enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and two girls. She also enjoys baking and making crafts.

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Amanda Simmons

Grade 2

Amanda Simmons began teaching at GVA in 2012, and previously taught kindergarten and first grade. She graduated from Kent State University in 2011 with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Simmons also has a K-12 Reading Endorsement from Heidelberg University. She lives in Lakewood, OH with her husband, Jake, and their cat, Ella. Her interests include gardening and interior design.

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Mary Doerge

Grade 4

Mary Doerge is the fourth grade teacher at GVA. She taught for 33 years with Parma City Schools in kindergarten, pre-first, 5th grade, 6th grade, and even special education. She also taught preschool for a year. Mrs. Doerge earned a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. She lives in Medina County with her husband and children. They have a small hobby farm where they raise Nigerian Dwarf goats—miniature dairy goats. Mrs. Doerge enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and scrapbooking.


Jeremy Tesny

Grade 6/Middle School Math

Jeremy Tesny is the fifth grade teacher at Global Village Academy. He graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Middle Childhood Education and a focus in math. Mr. Tesny is also the coach for the GVA Golf Team.  He lives in Medina with his wife, Leah, who is also a teacher. He enjoys all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball, and golf. During the summer, Mr. Tesny likes to spend his time watching the Cleveland Indians play at Progressive Field. 

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Abby Perkins

Grade 8/Middle School Science

Mrs. Perkins graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in Middle Childhood Education.  In her senior year at CU, she was recruited to teach with a company called International Schools of China.  Mrs. Perkins spent six years teaching math and science to international middle-school students in Wuhan, China. After moving back from China in 2015, a few job changes, marriage, and a couple more moves, she now lives with her husband, Drew, in Berea, OH.  She loves attending festivals and small-town fairs. Mrs. Perkins also enjoys discovering new places, trying different ethnic foods, and decorating cakes!


Jenny Petrovets

Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon!


Michael Migielicz

Dean of Students

Michael Migielicz is paraprofessional educator at Global Village Academy. Mr. Michael attended the University of Akron and has a background in Communication and Marketing.  He previously worked in food service management and as an administrator for bulk sales at the Benjamin Moore paint company.  Currently, Mr. Michael lives in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.  He spends his free time camping or volunteering in his community with his fiance, Emilee.


Lori Mikulka

Title 1

Lori Mikulka is the Title One teacher. She has been teaching at GVA since the school's second year.  Previously, she taught kindergarten and second grade in Poland, Ohio, and first grade in Cleveland. She earned her teaching degree at Youngstown State University. Mrs. Mikulka married her husband, Mark, in 2002 and they now have 2 sons, Josh and Zach. They live in Twinsburg with their adorable dog, Mojo. She loves anything and everything Disney! When she's not at school, Mrs. Mikulka enjoys listening to music, completing home-projects, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her boys. 


Natalia Ockunzzi

ESL/Ukrainian Cultures

Natalia Ockunzzi graduated from Kharkiv National Pedagogical University in Ukraine with a BS in English and Ukrainian. She also has TESOL Endorsement from Cleveland State University. After teaching in Ukraine for a few years, Mrs. Ockunzzi got involved in international business and moved to America with her new family. Taking care of her children was always a priority which eventually led to a job as an educational aid at a local school. She began teaching at Global Village Academy in 2016.  She lives in Brooklyn, OH with her husband and three sons. Mrs. Ockunzzi's interests include reading, skating, hiking, gardening, and traveling. 

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Natalia Yarosh

Art/Ukrainian Cultures

Bio coming soon...


Jonathan Hejnal

Wellness Director

Bio coming soon!


Luba Rozsa

Substitute Teacher

Bio coming soon!


Brenda Brcak

Financial Administrator

Brenda joined the GVA staff in July 2015. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in accounting and received a second degree from Lake Erie College in Finance.  She has worked as a school and government finance officer for 34 years—30 of which were as a Public School Treasurer. In her spare time, Brenda owns and operates a restaurant in Saybrook, Ohio where she enjoys baking many pies. For stress relief, she enjoys working in her vegetable garden and flower beds.  She resides in Chardon, Ohio with her family, including her four-legged, furry, chocolate-lab, Brittany.

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