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Weekly Update

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Mrs. Jennifer Hutton

Head of School

Mrs. Jennifer Hutton joined Youngstown Academy of Excellence in 2016 with over fourteen years of experience as a teacher, educational specialist, assistant principal, and principal in both Youngstown and Columbus. As principal of Youngstown Academy, Mrs. Hutton is responsible for leading our school academically and culturally, including the professional development and progress of our faculty. Prior to joining YAE, Mrs. Hutton earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a Master’s degree in English, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Youngstown State University.

Miss Heather Knapp

Director of Academics

Miss. Heather Knapp joined Youngstown Academy of Excellence in 2011. She started teaching first grade and was moved to third grade the following year. She taught in third grade for two years before she accepted the Instructional Coach position. Miss. Knapp holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is working on a double masters. She will be done with her first masters in Educational Administration this December and her second masters in Curriculum and Instruction will be completed next May.

Staff Directory

  • Mrs. Jennifer Hutton

    Head of School
  • Miss Heather Knapp

    Director of Academics
  • Ms. Ileana Ortiz

    Office/Food Service
  • Ms. Delisa Bowser

    Office Manager
  • Ms. Kelly Rader

    Family Liaison
  • Mr. Troy Cunningham

    Janitor
  • Mr. Victor Colon

    Janitor
  • Shannon Holzapfel

    Teacher
  • Miss Brett Legg

    Teacher
  • Mrs. Barbara Mitchell

    Teacher
  • Gwyn Anne Sumner

    Teacher
  • Miss Rachel Ryan

    Teacher
  • Josh Voland

    Teacher
  • Mr. Christopher West

    Title I
  • Miss Ashley Workman

    Title I
  • Miss Kelsey Kepple

    Intervention Specialist
  • Miss Taylor Brennan

    Intervention Specialist
  • Miss Rikki Queener

    Instructional Aide
  • Mrs. Sarah Orizal-Luce

    Instructional Aide - Intervention