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Weekly Update

Check out the highlights from the past school week and prepare for the week ahead.

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Miss Heather Knapp

Head of School

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 and was the Director of Academics before accepting the Head of School position. Miss Knapp holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Mr. Nero

Behavior Specialist

Mr. Nero is in his first year at Youngstown Academy in 2019-20. Previously, he was a Physical Education teacher and a Behavior Specialist for The School District of Lee County, in Cape Coral, Florida. After 8 years in Lee County, he moved back to the Youngstown area close to his family. Mr. Nero holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Health and Physical Education and Sports Management from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership Degree from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida.

Staff Directory

  • Miss Heather Knapp

    Head of School
  • Ms. Delisa Bowser

    Office Manager
  • Mrs. Sarah Orizal-Luce

    Office Assistant
  • Ms. Ileana Ortiz

    Office Assistant/Food Service
  • Ms. Voria White

    Office Aide
  • Mr. Nero

    Behavior Specialist
  • Mr. Josh Voland

    Teacher
  • Ms. Shannon Holzapfel

    Teacher
  • Mrs. Long

    Teacher
  • Ms. Green

    Teacher
  • Mr. Pitzulo

    Teacher
  • Miss Ryan

    Teacher
  • Mr. Gotti

    Teacher
  • Mrs. Barbara Mitchell

    Title I
  • Mrs. Kachersky

    Title I
  • Mrs. Wright

    Title I
  • Mr. Christopher West

    Title I
  • Mr. Rapan

    Title I Aide
  • Mrs. Smith

    Title I Aide
  • Miss Kelsey Kepple

    Special Education
  • Ms. Francis

    Special Education