Meet Hope High School Online Staff
I am a passionate educator with fifteen years of classroom experience prior to moving into a leadership role in administration. I earned my undergraduate degree in International Studies with a Development Emphasis. My travels in developing countries taught me the value of education, its’ impact, and the positive effect it can create for individuals, families, and communities. Upon graduation, I naturally fell into teaching and obtained my teaching credentials. While teaching, I continued learning and achieving by earning two Masters' Degrees from Northern Arizona University including a Masters of Educational Leadership and a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. My experiences and education have shaped me into an educator focused on creatively engaging students to find their passion and enthusiasm for learning. Firmly believing in the potential of every student, I continuously strive to lead a staff that is attentive to student needs and committed to the success of Hope High School Online’s students.
Hope High School Online Coaches
I have been working in education for twenty years, serving in the student support role in an online setting in both secondary and higher education. It is personally rewarding when I am able to help students achieve their educational goals by maintaining personal relationships with each student.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2016, Taylor has spent her time growing her knowledge in the psychology, education, and music industry. She is very passionate about not just helping students achieve success throughout their time in high school, but showing them how to acquire the resources and skills to seek out their goals afterwards. In her free time, she enjoys performing locally with her band, spending time with her family, eating pizza, and taking her dog to Payson, Arizona.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in urban planning with a minor in sustainability. More recently I received my master’s degree in higher education, also from Arizona State University. I have been working in the education field for the past 8 years with K-12 students and also at the college level. I am also currently an alumni mentor at Arizona State University. I am excited to help our students grow and succeed in their education and career goals.
I have worked in the educational industry since 2013, enrolling students, providing academic support and working with online learning management systems. I love to help students achieve their potential academically and be a support system for them. Coming from mostly post-secondary experience, working with High School students has been such a blessing. I love to see our student’s blossom into who they are and build a personal relationship with them to help them succeed.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race and First Nation Studies in May of 2018 as a first generation college student. I will be graduating in December of 2020 with a master’s degree in Higher & Post Secondary Education. I have been working in education since 2015 in different capacities and I am passionate in helping students achieve their educational goals and being a mentor. In my spare time I love to cook, watch movies, play video games and spend time with family and friends.
I started out as an intern at Hope High School Online in 2017. I loved being part of the Blueprint Education family so much, that after receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies with Honors from Arizona State University, I took a full-time position at HHSO as the Growth to Graduation Coach. My focus is to support those students who were unable to graduate on time, as well as provide all students support in their goals after high school.
In my spare time, I love cooking, hiking, spending time with my family in California, and cuddling up to my mini-poodle Sammy. Above all else, I love conversing with others and helping students achieve their hopes and dreams!
Hope High School Online Teachers
Hi, my name is Christy Dawson Williams. I have been a teacher for 18 years and twelve of those years I was in the classroom. I have taught sixth grade to high school. I graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a Bachelors's in Elementary Education. Six years ago, I got my Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Those classes emphasized teaching to high school students. I learned about how the teenage brain works and the best ways to teach high school students.I use the knowledge from my Master’s Degree daily working with online students. Since I do not see my students in person, I get to know them through weekly emails and through their many writing assignments in their ELA classes. I differentiate assignments when needed. This can include changing the assignment to fit the students’ learning styles, prior knowledge, and abilities.
Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I continue to educate myself on new strategies to teach to online students. I hope that I have the opportunity to work with you and your student.
I have been teaching science for over 13 years. I hold degrees from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and am currently working with Clemson University in South Carolina to become a National Dropout Certified Specialist. I have a passion for all sciences and how they fit into our daily life. In my spare time, I love traveling, music, photography, and spending time with
my family. An avid hiker, I recently completed the 52 Week Hiking Challenge.
I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. I have a love for education and want to make a difference in the lives of others, so I pursued a teaching certificate in elementary education from Arizona State University. I then went on to receive my Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University in 1998 and received my English as a Second Language endorsement shortly after. I have taught at various levels ranging from 1st grade to college courses throughout my teaching career. I have been teaching students online in various roles since 2001.
I have been teaching children and adults for over 30 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University as well as 24 graduate hours in Education Administration from Northern Arizona University. I grew up in Yuma, Arizona, and graduated from Yuma High School, home of the Yuma Criminals.
I enjoy vacationing to Sedona, Arizona, and Coronado, California, and spending time with my granddaughters. My hobby is hunting for bargains at local thrift stores and garage sales. I swim and exercise at my local fitness club and participate in Bible studies at my church.
I received my teaching degree from Wayland Baptist University in 2007. I love being a teacher and after teaching in traditional classrooms for many years, I joined Blueprint Education as a student support specialist in 2015. I greatly enjoy helping students learn and reach their goals.
I graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree. Teaching online creates web-based resources for our students that are unavailable in a traditional classroom. I’m proud to be a part of a hard-working, innovative team that committed to helping our students and offering technology that can improve for students.
I graduated from Plymouth State University with a degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12). After graduation, I wasn't ready to become a teacher quite yet. So I became a paraprofessional with a student diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. From there, I became an Associate Instructor at the River Street School for Autism in Connecticut. There, I gained experience and knowledge in working with students who were unable to be in the public school setting. Soon after that, I became a Special Education Teacher in Meriden Connecticut. Within that role, I was able to work with multiply handicapped students diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Handicaps.
From 2011-2017 I developed and led a self-contained Autism Program at the Middle School level. There I was able to work and develop a bridge system for my students as well as work with families. In 2017 I left Meriden to become a special education teacher in a self-contained behavioral program at the elementary level in Plainville Connecticut. I am currently also an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Joseph in their Special Education Department. In May 2020 I was able to join the team at Blueprint and HHSO. I am happy to be a part of the team here. I currently reside in Connecticut with my husband, Marcos.
I received my B.A. in History from the University of Detroit in 1997 and, after a brief stint in the corporate world, earned my M.A. in History in 2002. I secured my post-baccalaureate teaching credentials from Rio Salado college recently. I’ve been a full-time teacher since moving to Phoenix from Michigan in 2006. I have taught grades 6-12 live, and high school exclusively in the online format. I have also been a member of Grand Canyon University’s adjunct history faculty since 2013, and have helped develop two courses there. I find teaching high school Social Studies particularly rewarding as it allows me to not only create subject mastery among students who have learned about the basic concepts years earlier, but also it gives me the opportunity to challenge their critical thinking.
Mrs. Pixley graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a degree in Psychology and a special education credential. She has been working with students with special needs for the past 5 years in elementary, middle school, high school, and home-based settings in applied behavior analysis and teaching positions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, going for walks, and playing video games. She strongly believes that every student can succeed with the proper support and is always looking for new ways to better assist her students.
Hope High School Online Support
I have worked for Hope High School Online for over 12 years. I am committed to diligence and excellence in meeting state standards for school compliance. I also work diligently to ensure that our parents and students have a very positive experience with Hope High School Online.
I have been in education for almost 20 years. I have worked in many different aspects of education, most of that time spent in district roles. I really like the online setting and feel it is a great option for education. I love helping the students get started on the journey toward their diploma. I work hard to make sure the first experience for families joining HHSO is a positive one.
I graduated from Bethany Global University in May of 2020 with a degree in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies. This degree has given me a well-rounded worldview and shown me how the world is so much bigger than I can ever imagine. I have learned the true value of the individual and I strive to focus on each student that I assist with this idea in mind. I was born and raised in Arkansas, went to college in Minnesota, lived in Kenya for 16 months and now I live here in Arizona! I enjoy hiking when it's not too hot and I plan to learn how to kayak soon.
I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology. After university, I moved to South Korea where I was an English teacher. Education has always been a passion of mine and I believe it can change your life. I love working with students and being able to connect with them. I love working at HHSO because everyone truly cares about the students and how we can best support them.
I have been a special education teacher since 2005. My background is in working with students with Emotional Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Autism in self-contained, inclusion, and now virtual settings. I am incredibly excited to support our students, families, and teachers. I am passionate about working with students with disabilities and helping them to gain the skills necessary to be successful, independent adults. I am excited to join the Blueprint team to support our students as they achieve their goal of graduating from high school and reaching their goals for adulthood.
I received my undergraduate degree from GCU in Psychology and went to grad school at NAU for School Psychology. I've been employed as a School Psychologist for 25 years now and enjoy helping students and families find success. I've been married to my sweet husband for 28 years and have two amazing daughters - one in high school, one in college. We love to swim and walk with our precious lab pups and enjoy traveling with family as often as we can!!
I started working in education back in 2006. My daughter graduated from Hope High school Online in 2017 and from knowing what I knew about the school, staff, and support, I was quite impressed. In April of 2018, I decided to see if there were any open positions in the school. Lucky for me, there was an Academic Coach position that was open. I can honestly say that as impressed as I was, I had no idea just how much everyone truly cares for the students. I have never seen a group of people so invested in the students. More recently, I have moved to be the office receptionist. I am very proud to be a part of this team and I look forward to meeting the students and families who we serve.
My name is Amanda Williams, and I am the school counselor at Hope High School & Hope High School Online. I have been a school counselor for 5 years. I have a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Capella University. I completed my undergrad program at Arizona State University.
Hope High School Online operates under the oversight of Blueprint Education, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1969 that offers 9-12th grade students innovative educational opportunities to maximize each student's educational journey and equip them for a successful future.
Success When Traditional Schools Didn't Work
Jose: “You have no idea how meaningful what you've done for me is. I've been to 2 different schools (traditional schools) and teachers there would NEVER in a million years have done what you have. Thank you!”
“I overcame my mental battles and found worth in myself. I managed to graduate high school, while going to college, having a job, volunteering with Relay for Life and Miracle League of Arizona, and go to my church/Young Life organizations all within the same time frame.” - Emily
“Thank you for providing me the schedule these past couple years to develop my interests, personal well-being, and relationship with education. My teachers at Higley pushed for me to join an online school as my lack of creative control was developing a worn and negative state over my head. I am indebted in Hope Online's generosity for providing this for me, the understanding and warmth that omits from the staff is groundbreaking to me! Thank you!” - Brittany
“I am a student diagnosed with autism, and have a high level for ADHD. I was struggling with transferring from class to class, and would disappoint teachers left and right. But coming to this school has made my life have a new light that shines, and helped me learn and become the person I want to be. Thanks Hope High School!” - Amanda
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Cheyenne: “I can't thank Hope High for how much support they give you. Went in today for help on a test and everything went better than ever. This school has helped me soo much since I've been enrolled. Thank you for all of your help and support. I can't thank you enough!!!”