Faculty

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.


SUSAN KISKO

Susan is our new Preschool teacher.  MLA was fortunate to have her as our Preschool substitute teacher this past year.  Susan has a BA degree from WVU with an emphasis in Child Development. Her goal is to create a caring environment that nurtures all learning styles while encouraging independence and confidence.  She is looking forward to being part of the amazing MLA team and is excited to be part of the preschoolers first educational experience.  Some of her favorite things are spending time with family and friends, the beach and children of all ages.


CORINNE SEESE

Corinne Seese is our one of our two Kindergarten teachers this year.  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 returning to her roots!  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 husband , three children, and three dogs.  She also enjoys her photography business, Faith Photography,  and will again be taking school photos for MLA this year.

 

 

JILLIAN GRISEZ

 

We welcome Jillian Grisez this year as one of our Kindergarten teachers. 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 with her husband and two dogs 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 husband and two dogs. She is looking forward to starting her MLA journey this year and getting to know her students and all MLA families!

       

LAURA BANDURA

     

Laura Bandura is our Early Elementary 1 teacher. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology. She subsequently earned a Masters in Teaching degree from Chatham University as well as her West Virginia teaching certification in Elementary Education K-6 and Library Science PK-12. Laura spent five years working for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as a Literacy Outreach Specialist. After living in Montreal for four years, Laura moved to Morgantown with her husband and two daughters last summer. She is anticipating a great year at MLA, full of learning, exploration and growth.

 

  

  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 TAYLOR

     


Georgette is our Upper Elementary teacher.  She is certified by the American Council of Exercise in youth fitness, group fitness, and as a personal trainer.  She attended Washington and Jefferson College, where she was a member of the track and cross country teams.  She obtained her B.A. in English from West Virginia University.  Georgette has taught group fitness classes and trained individuals clients of all ages for the past ten years.  She is currently a Master’s degree candidate in the WVU Curriculum and Instruction department.  She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters.

 

DAVID ASH

     

David Ash is our new Middle School teacher.  He is a lifelong West Virginian, originally hailing from Bridgeport and has spent the past eight 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 friends and family, is an avid reader, and concert-goer.  He is also a WVU and Caroline Panthers fan, and regularly attends their games.  

 

ANCILLARY TEACHERS

JEN-OSHA BUYSSE

     

"Senora Jen" is MLA's Multicultural Music teacher and Director of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Program (Mountain SOL).  She teaches Spanish, music, outdoor education and leadership, and this year will also be teaching a Middle School class entitled "Science and Stewardship".   She plays five instruments and has a passion for sharing music in English and Spanish.  Jen learned Spanish in Ecuador during her time as a WorldTeach volunteer, during which she co-founded Aurora Lights, a non profit that brought together children of different cultures to work on environmental education projects.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. 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.

JEFF RYAN

     

Jeff Ryan is the Art Instructor 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. 

 HOLLY MCBRIDE


Holly is our Physical Education teacher.  She attended Concord University on a basketball scholarship and earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Health (PreK-12) with honors in 2012. She also has a certification in Adapted Physical Education. She then went on to continue her education at Concord University and earned her Masters Degree in Health Promotions in 2016. She has taught Health and PE in the WV public school system for 3 years.  She is a health/fitness enthusiast and believes it is so important for students to learn everything they can about living an active and healthy life. She has such a passion for what she does and truly believes that she has the best job in the world! In my free time, she enjoys spending time at the gym and being active with her husband and son.

 RICHARD “GREG” GREGORY KNIGHT

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 overeducated as he sounds, Greg is still a pretty normal guy who loves kids and has a tendency to burst out in song occasionally.

 AMBER GARCIA

 Amber is our Spanish Teacher.  She holds a BA in Spanish and a MAT in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina - Columbia as well as a MA in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University - Bloomington.   She has taught at-risk readers, 2nd grade and a 2-3 year old daycare class.  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 facilitated online professional development courses for West Virginia teachers for WVLearns.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and enjoying the outdoors.