Meet The Team

The WAY Central Office team is committed to providing high quality programs and services to our students, staff, schools, and families.

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Jennifer Hernandez

Superintendent of Charter Schools

P: 586.480.3389

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Jennifer serves as the Regional Executive for WAY. She is a visionary educator and administrator with proven leadership abilities in oversight of multiple districts and programs. She has 27 years of experience in public education in the City of Detroit.

She began her career in elementary education where she spent 12 years as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader training teachers through Oakland University and implementing the intervention program in 10 elementary schools with Detroit Public Schools. She applied her strong background of Reading and Literacy to her position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

In this capacity, she developed academically rich programs for elementary and high school specializing in blended learning models of instruction. Jennifer contributed to the district’s educational platform, Hero, by developing competency- based courses that include national standards plus holistic competencies to create learning paths that prepare students to graduate; college, career, and workforce ready.

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Michelle Sarkody

Director of Compliance and Accountability

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Michelle Sarkody has been with WAY Program since 2010. She is currently serving as the Director of Compliance and Accountability for WAY Program.

A few of Mrs. Sarkody’s responsibilities include completion and submission of numerous state and federal forms on behalf of the Academy sites Michelle also assists with WAY partner sites with the same task, ensuring compliance documents are completed, submitted, and uploaded to the Academy site authorizers, handles pupil accounting for Academy site locations, REP reporting, MCIR reporting and much more.

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Kelli Glenn

Business Director

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Kelli Glenn, Director of Finance, has 22 years of experience in the complex and ever changing environment of school finance. Prior to joining WAY Program, Kelli was employed with several Public Schools working with both thriving and financially challenged schools districts.

Kelli has direct knowledge of Public School Academy Budgeting, Cash Management, Auditing Standards and establishing strong Internal Controls. Kelli also has more than 18 years of experience working with Grants and Federal Funds. While working in the Public School Arena, Kelli had financial oversite of a $64 million dollar Bond Project that came in under budget and on time and helped negotiate a 10% salary reduction to reduce costs in a deficit district.

Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and attended the Colorado State University Masters of Science in Accounting program. Kelli Glenn is also a member of MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials) where she holds a CFO certification.

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Darrell Wanamaker

Director of Multimedia and Design

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Darrell administers the overall goals, policy, workflow, and projects for the multimedia and technology departments. This includes the design, development, and support of web-based initiatives, video needs, marketing initiatives, pupil accounting, and technology services. He is also responsible for aligning multimedia technology services into a unified, formal structure and provide supervision, leadership, implementation, and strategic planning for these services.

Darrell's twenty-plus year career in Instructional Technology and Web Application Development has encompassed a diverse set of experiences, from hands-on technology development and implementation to project management and administration for Wayne County and statewide school systems. During this time he has successfully completed many large-scale technology initiatives, including the acquisition, logistics, and implementation of distance learning technology packages for Detroit Public Schools, enterprise-level technology deployment for Wayne County schools, and development of statewide government streaming video systems for Michigan REMC Association and the Michigan Department of Education.

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Madeline Black

Ast. Superintendent of Charter Schools

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Madeline has been a leader in blended and project based learning since 2008. She provides our partnerships with experience gained from years in education serving as a classroom teacher, building leader, community outreach and quality assurance director. She is a mentor for students, teachers and administrators.

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Mark Ray

Network Administrator

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Mark's nineteen year career in Information Technology experience includes, but not limited to, Network LAN WAN implementation, Management of technical department personnel. Technical Lead for the installation of a multi campus Windows and Apple server farm. The development Lead of new data center operations and security procedures.

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Rich Klemm

Director of Client Success

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Rich is a proven leader in non-traditional education at the local, regional and state levels. With more than 20 years of progressive experience in education as a counselor, building administrator, central office administrator and assistant superintendent, his passion is working with district professionals to implement the most supportive, enriched environment possible for learners.

Rich has been often called upon to share his expertise with other educators in a variety of settings - including presentations at state and national conferences.

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Brett Emil

Director of Development

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Brett serves as the Assistant Director of Development at WAY. As a high school English teacher, he loved designing instruction and bringing creative ideas to life. Brett comes from a classroom teaching and instructional design background. Prior to joining the WAY team, he spent several years teaching at public schools and Wayne State University.

Outside of the office, you’ll find him reading, playing board games, and hiking with his son and wife.

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Kyalamboka Brown

Content Area Specialist

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Coming soon!

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Lindita Qira

Coordinator of Online Instruction

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Lindita serves as the Coordinator of Online Instruction at WAY. She is a skilled educator with a deep understanding of multidisciplinary project-based learning and experienced in engaging hands-on learning while maintaining academic rigor.

Lindita started teaching at the high school level in English and Health for 8 years in the classroom setting. During that time she created and implemented a writing protocol to be followed school wide which included common assessments and accountability among teachers and students. She also served as a health and ELA online expert with WAY, and as an ESL college instructor at Lawrence Technological University.

As Coordinator of Online Instruction, she works with the online teaching staff to instill practices for teaching diverse learners through well-versed instructional strategies reaching students of different skill levels in the same instructional setting.

Online Teaching Staff

Meet our online teaching staff who create instruction, grade student work, and do what it takes to help our students succeed.



Shannon Beiser

Science Teacher


Randi Watts

Careers Teacher


Lea Arend

Social Studies & ICT Teacher


Jennifer Tomanek

Careers Teacher


Beverly Henry

Science Teacher


Stephanie Current

Visual Arts Teacher


Megan Thompson

Science Teacher


Juliette Abbott

Visual & Performing Arts Teacher


Maggie Gistinger

Social Studies Teacher


Joe Bradley

Social Studies & ICT Teacher


Jason Williams

ELA & Social Studies Teacher


Tina Donze

Music Teacher


Kathryn Haske

Math Teacher


Sara Millward

ELA Teacher


John Martini

Physical Education Teacher


Amanda Coughlin

Psychology Teacher


Kerin Stover

Science Teacher


Stacy Long

Social Studies Teacher


Debra Lammers

Social Studies & ELA Teacher


Tracy Dryer

ELA & Psychology Teacher


Jeff Sanford

Social Studies Teacher


Lynn Bahena

Math Teacher


Laurie Leet

Spanish Teacher


William Ballard

Health & Physical Education Teacher