School Leaders and Teachers
Meet the Head of School, administrative leaders and some of the many exceptional teachers of our school, each with many years of outstanding education experience.
Miriam Rube earned her MS in guidance and counseling from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida and received her teaching degree from Florida International University. Since then, she's attended numerous seminars at Harvard University and Bar Ilan University on leadership, brain research, and professional growth. She is also a doctoral candidate at St. Thomas University for instructional leadership and curriculum. Since entering the education field in 1983, Ms. Rube gained in-classroom experience before her transition to education management and administration in 1991. She was the first principal of the first public charter school in the United States to teach Hebrew in a dual curriculum. Ms. Rube also served a three-year term on the Harvard Advisory Council for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a current member of Harvard's Principals' Center Advisory Board. "At the core of my life's decisions is my commitment to the highest-quality education," she says. "Under my administration, students are encouraged and supported in their exploration and learning process with the highest expectations of performance and accountability."
As the Middle School Department Chair, Tracy Smith is certified in Elementary Education, Middle School Integrated Curriculum and ESOL Education through Florida State University. Prior to teaching at K12 International Academy, Tracy taught elementary school as well as middle school science and math for five years in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
Mrs. Hollingsworth holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education from the University of Alaska and a Master's of Arts in Education degree from Lesley University. She is currently pursuing a Ed.S. in Administration and Leadership from Liberty University. Prior to joining K12 International Academy 8 years ago, Mrs. Hollingsworth taught for 6 years in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom.
Angella Covill worked for several years as a sixth-grade teacher before coming to K12 International Academy, participating in numerous teaching in-services and seminars offered through Riverside Unified School District and serving as a student success team facilitator. She also has two years of experience as an education specialist for River Springs Charter School (formerly Eagles Peak Inland Empire). Ms. Covill has a BA in education with an endorsement in reading from the University of Montana. She also has an MA in K–12 educational technology from Azusa Pacific University She was selected Student Services Coordinator of the year in 2010-2011by K12 International Academy Staff.
Krista Wyatt has been teaching in the high school setting since 1996. Prior to joining K12, she taught Freshman, Sophomore and College Now/AP English at Gardner Edgerton High School in Gardner, Kansas. She began her online teaching career with K12’s Colorado Virtual Academy, first as a high school English teacher, then as the English Department Chair. Krista accepted a position with K12 International Academy in 2011 where she taught high school English, including AP English Language and AP Literature, before moving into her current role as English Department Chair and Academic Integrity Coordinator. Krista earned her Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music, English, and Secondary Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Kathy has more than 12 years of experience in mathematics education. This includes eleven years in online learning teaching seventh-grade math through high school AP calculus, as an instructor and math department chair. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Scranton. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kaplan University. During her academic career, Kathy has also helped start up new online schools and managed the operations of multiple online schools. Prior to her academic career, Kathy worked as an engineer and operations manager for a multinational consumer goods company. She also owned her own tutoring business where she tutored students in math, chemistry and SAT/ACT prep.
Jennifer Taylor has a bachelor's degree in secondary science education and a master's degree in library science. Her certifications include a North Carolina secondary science education licensure for grades 9–12 and a North Carolina media coordinator licensure for grades K–12. She was also a Wayne County Chamber of Commerce grant recipient in 2006 and an elementary coach for "Battle of the Books" from 2005 to 2008. Ms. Taylor has been working in the virtual education world since 2008. Prior to joining K12 International Academy, she worked at Kaplan Virtual Education. Before that, she taught for three years in a public high school and worked for three years as an elementary school librarian / media specialist.
Karen Bartlett’s previous employers include Pinnacle Education, iQ Academy (a public, online school system and part of the K12 “family”), Mesa Public Schools, and Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona. She has a BAE in history and Spanish and a master’s of education in multidisciplinary education. Her certifications include structured English immersion and College Board Advanced Placement in U.S. history / U.S. government and politics. She has also been a moderator and adjunct presenter at Temple University—and has served with the League of Women Voters, Ronald McDonald House, and Gabriel’s Angels.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick has been teaching online since 2005. She is certified to teach social studies, English, art, and music. Her previous employer was Kaplan Virtual Education. Ms. Fitzpatrick holds a BA in secondary education and history/political science from Culver Stockton College and an MA in U.S. history teaching, writing, and publishing from Florida Atlantic University. She is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University.
Mr. Berry has been in the School Counseling profession for 20 years. He was a school counselor in both the middle and high school levels for 13 years and served as a High School Department Chair. Before joining K12 International Academy, he was a director of Professional Development for an education software company where he trained school counselors from across the country on ways to improve their college advising program through the use of technology and national standards. He earned his Master of Education degree from The University of Pittsburgh, is a member of NACAC and ASCA and a nationally certified counselor through NBCC.
Mrs. Pine began her teaching career in a traditional school setting teaching fourth and fifth grades along with serving as the school's gifted and talented education facilitator. She has been with K12 for 11 years, 7 of them with the K12 International Academy where she has worked with both middle school and high school students. Mrs. Pine holds a Masters Degree in Education, is a Certificated Counselor in College Admissions Counseling and a member of NACAC and RMACAC.
Jennifer is a certified elementary and high school Spanish teacher with K12 International Academy, who joined our school in 2012. She earned her B.A. in geography and Spanish from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and her master's degree in education from Piedmont College in Athens, GA.