It is with special care and consideration that we choose our faculty and administration. The unique blend of personalities and professional strengths found in this outstanding group of individuals helps Morgantown Learning Academy offer its students an outstanding education. MLA has set strict guidelines and high expectations for its faculty and administration. Not only must they be certified in the content area that they teach or administer, but they must also be actively involved in personal continuing education goals. The MLA faculty and administration not only meets these guidelines but also enthusiastically searches for ways in which to become better teachers and administrators for your children.
Ms. Beth is our Preschool teacher. She is a native of Jensen Beach, Florida but moved to Morgantown in 1991. She graduated from Indian River State College with an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She, then, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Florida State University. After graduating from FSU, she spent a year as the principal bassoonist with the Treasure Coast Symphony. Once in Morgantown, Beth continued to pursue her master’s in Music and Elementary Education. She has taught preschool at Parents’ Place Preschool and Place of Grace Early Learning Center. This past summer, she had the pleasure to be the Community Coordinator at Energy Express in Marion County. In her spare time, Beth enjoys outdoor activities, reading, listening to music, crocheting, playing with her puppy, Suki, and spending time with her three children, Matthew 24, Brianna, 23, and Grant 20.
Corinne Seese is our Kindergarten teacher. She graduated from WVU in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education. Corinne started teaching preschool at MLA when it opened in 1995 and is very excited to be currently teaching kindergarten! She believes that it is important to build a family of learners in her classroom and encourages the children to care for and help each other. She often teaches summer workshops at MLA and tutors during the summer and school year. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three kiddos.
Ms. Jillian is our Early Elementary 1 teacher this year. She graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in music. She is from Salisbury, Maryland, but moved to WV in 2013. She loves incorporating the arts into her classrooms, especially music. You will hear her class singing and dancing from the hallway! She believes children learn best with memorable, hands on experiences. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her dog Gus. She can’t wait to start making memories this year!
Paula Taylor is our Early Elementary 2 teacher. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. She has been with MLA since 2003, and has taught classes from Early Elementary to Middle School. Ms. Taylor works closely with the Mountain SOL school and is involved with their in-school, after-school, and summer programs. Originally from Charleston, she enjoys spending time with her pets and gardening.
TRACEY LEA FRISCH
Tracey Lea Frisch is our Middle Elementary teacher. She hails from England but has resided in the USA since 1989. Tracey obtained her Nursery Nursing Certificate (early childhood certificate) from her hometown college and worked in various capacities in the Early Education field. After arriving in the USA, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and her California Teaching Credential, with an Emphasis in Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development, from Cal Sate Fullerton graduating with Honors. Tracey taught First Grade in California for five years. Tracey arrived in West Virginia in 2004. For the first two years she worked as an Educational Consultant for SRA/McGraw-Hill in the Mid-Atlantic region traveling and training teachers and working with administrators in School Districts using the Open Court reading program.The arrival of her daughter, Emily in 2006 put an end to her traveling ways and she remained home to raise her daughter. She recently earned her Masters in Reading from WVU, becoming a reading specialist.
Georgette is our Upper Elementary teacher.
Georgette joined MLA in 2015 and is our Upper Elementary teacher. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Secondary English Education from West Virginia University. Georgette obtained her West Virginia teaching certificate upon graduation. Georgette attended Washington and Jefferson College, where she was a member of the track and cross-country teams. She is certified by the American Council of Exercise in youth fitness, group fitness, and as a personal trainer. Georgette is an avid runner and has enjoyed coaching MLA’s inaugural cross-country season, additionally she has volunteered as a coach with Girls on the Run for the past four years. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, who also attend MLA.
David Ash is our Middle School teacher. He is a lifelong West Virginian, originally hailing from Bridgeport and has spent the past nine years in Morgantown. He is a dual degree holder of West Virginia University, having obtained his B.A. in Sociology in 2013 and his M.A. in Secondary Education in 2015. David is a licensed Social Studies teacher in West Virginia and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Higher Education Administration at WVU. In his downtime, David enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, and attending concerts and sporting events.
"Senora Jen" is MLA's Music and Special Topics teacher and Director of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Program (Mountain SOL). She previously taught Spanish so the kids still call her Senora. She currently teaches music, geography, outdoor education and leadership, and this year will also be teaching a Middle School class entitled "Shattering Stereotypes: West Virginia History." She plays five instruments and has a passion for sharing music in English and Spanish. Jen has also taught at the West Virginia Scholars Academy, Yale University, the New Jersey School of Conservation, Salem International University, in the geography department at West Virginia University, and at Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo. Most recently she helped to create a Sister Schools for Change program with the Playing for Change Foundation. Jen lives outside Morgantown with her husband, two sons, and many four legged animals. Jen received her BA in English from the University of Virginia, her Masters in Forestry from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her PhD in Geography from West Virginia University. She recently achieved her goal of becoming a National Geographic Certified Educator.
Jeff Ryan is the Art teacher at MLA. He received his B.F.A in Ceramics (with K-12 Certification) from West Virginia University in 1996. He has been teaching pottery, handbuilding, and sculpture in many community based arts organizations for over 15 years. In 2001, he lived and worked in Nargarno Karabagh (Armenia) for two years. Working with locals, he oversaw the reactivation of a small village pottery. In 2006 as a graduate student, he traveled to China to study porcelain production and ceramic history. In 2009, he worked with locals in Kabul, Afghanistan as a consultant to produce geometric tile for a non profit organization’s courtyard fountain. His background is in functional pottery, but his current work is a combination of narrative mosaics and geometric tile.
Greg began his college education at Columbia Union College in Silver Spring, MD with a B.S.in Elementary Education; then pursued a Master of Public Health at Loma Linda University and Master of Curriculum & Instruction from Salem College. After teaching ten years at the Toll Gate SDA School, Greg taught gifted K-8 students in Doddridge County. For the next fourteen years Greg was the Healthy School Coordinator and Regional Tobacco Prevention Specialist at RESA VII where he developed Teen Institute. In 2002 Greg went back to the classroom and taught Social Studies and Health for Doddridge County Middle School. After retirement in 2011, Doddridge County Board of Education contracted with Greg to provide Health Education for grades K-4 in addition to working with administration as Student Assistant Manager doing school programming, coordinating field trips and working to improve school attendance. During his education and teaching years Greg became a specialist in Health Education, Social Studies, Gifted Education, and History. He was a national trainer for Know Your Body Health Education Curriculum, Developing Capable People Drug Prevention Curriculum, Life Skills Training, Drug Prevention Curriculum and TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) as well as a trainer for Get Real About Violence, Violence Prevention Program and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Violence Prevention Program. As over educated as he sounds, Greg is still a pretty normal guy who loves kids and has a tendency to burst out in song occasionally.
Amber is our Spanish teacher. She holds a BA in Spanish and an MAT in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina - Columbia as well as an MA in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University - Bloomington. She has taught second grade, a 2 and 3 year-old daycare class, and as a reading teacher. Amber has also been a kindergarten classroom aide. She was an undergraduate classroom instructor where she taught beginner and intermediate Spanish to college undergraduates. She also facilitates online professional development courses for West Virginia teachers for WVLearns. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.
Charlie is the Physical Education teacher. He attended WVU and earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education Teaching Education. He is currently working on obtaining his Master’s Degree in Special Education, Multicategorical Studies online at WVU. Originally from Columbia, MD, he went to WVU to play Ice Hockey for 2 years. He also enjoys playing pick-up basketball and exercise daily at the WVU rec center.
We have fun with our students at MLA. Here are some of our teachers and staff dressed up for the Enchanted Forest Book Fair and our annual Pajama and hot coco day!