Marissa Davis is the MLA Little Acorns teacher this year. She graduated from WVU with a Bachelor's Degree in History, and, as an AmeriCorps alum, has volunteered with children for years. She's excited to join the MLA team and help prepare the Little Acorns for their future at MLA! A Morgantown native, she loves West Virginia and exploring all it has to offer, including little-known festivals and well-known mountains.
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.
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Amanda Cain is our Early Elementary teacher. She was born and raised in Morgantown. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from WVU as well as her Master of Arts in Elementary Education. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, friends, dogs and cats. She enjoys traveling but is mostly a homebody who can be found relaxing with her dogs and reading a book!
Alexa Spangler-Davis is our Middle Elementary teacher. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Alexa is a Morgantown native and has worked with our summer program for two years. She loves teaching math and problem solving skills. Alexa enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and four cats.
Paula Taylor is our Upper Elementary 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.
Claire Doemland is our Middle School teacher at MLA. Originally from New Jersey, Claire moved to West Virginia to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V Center in Fairmont where she worked to develop and support K-12 educational robotics programs throughout the state. Claire earned her B.A. in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Claire enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, exploring national parks, and skiing as often as possible.
"Senora Jen" is MLA's Music and Geography teacher and Director of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Program (Mountain SOL). She previously taught Spanish so the kids still call her Senora. 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 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 and serves on the National Geographic Advisory Committee for West Virginia. Jen lives outside Morgantown with her husband, two sons, and many four legged animals.
Ancillary Teacher: Art
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 20 years. In 2006 he traveled to China to study porcelain production and ceramic history. In addition to ceramics, he loves paper maché and mask making. Jeff received his Master Gardening certification in 2018 and has since lead the MLA 4-H club and our school’s vegetable garden.
Ancillary Teacher: Spanish
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.
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.
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.