Faculty and Staff
All of our teachers and instructional aides are PA-certified teachers. They have all passed the required clearances to be a teacher. In addition, all teachers have a minimum of four years experience teaching in a class.
Please meet our teachers and instructional aides!
Mrs. Black – Kindergarten Teacher
Hello! My name is Mrs. Black and I am proud to be teaching Kindergarten at CAI Learning Academy. I decided to become a teacher when I was in third grade, and have followed that path to make my dream come true. My undergraduate and graduate studies were completed at Millersville and Kutztown Universities and I hold certificates in Elementary Education, Special Education and Reading. I bring many years of urban teaching experience and a genuine love of working with young children to this wonderful school. Practicing and teaching yoga is another passion of mine, and I incorporate breathing and movement techniques into my daily lessons. Helping your child gain confidence learning to read, write, compute, and work with others to become a good citizen is an honor and a privilege.
Mrs. Brodt – 1st Grade Teacher
My name is Mrs. Brodt, and I am excited to be teaching 1st grade at CAI Learning Academy this year. I received my teaching degree from Moravian College, and I have been teaching in Pennsylvania for the last ten years. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a bank auditor. I started teaching because I find it very rewarding helping students grow not only in academic knowledge but in the confidence that comes from success. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, Bela. I enjoy exercising and all kinds of sports, and I am especially passionate about supporting my favorite team, the New York Yankees. Coming from a family of musicians, I enjoy all kinds of music, and I use music in my teaching. I am looking forward to a wonderful year. My goal is for every student to know that he or she is a valued part of our school community at CAI Learning Academy.
Miss Custard - 1st Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Custard and I will be teaching one of the first grade classes this year. I graduated in 2014 from Penn State Lehigh Valley with a degree with Early Childhood Education and also Teaching English as a Second Language. I student taught in Nazareth for second and third grades. After I graduated, I taught third grade at a Catholic school, and then taught fourth grade last year at another Catholic school. When I am not teaching, I enjoy watching the Green Bay Packers, canoeing with friends, playing with my dogs, Pongo and Lily, and going to Jacobsburg (a park with trails and water) with the dogs. This is my first year teaching first grade, and I am very excited to teach the students, but also to learn along with them during the year!
Mrs. Trimboli - 2nd Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Mrs. Lauren Trimboli and I am one of the two 2nd grade teachers at CAI Learning Academy. I am so looking forward to this coming school year with your child and I cannot wait to get started! I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Muhlenberg College in 2005 and my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cedar Crest College in 2011. This will be my first year at CAILA and is my 10th year working in the education field. In my past teaching experiences, I have worked in Pre-K Early Intervention up through Third Grade. When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family, running, painting and photography. I also enjoy putting my artistic side to use by creating new learning materials, educational games and projects for my students. I firmly believe that all children are capable of learning anything and it is the job of teachers to find the best approach to reach each individual child. My vision for our classroom is that we will work together as a team, and I hope to foster a sense of group encouragement and also personal pride in all that your child accomplishes and attempts. Everything we do in our room can be elevated by support and communication between home and school, and I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education. I am excited for a great year in 2nd grade at CAILA!
Mrs. Velazquez - 2nd Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Rosemary Velazquez. I am proud to be a member of the staff at CAI Learning Academy. It is exciting to be a second grade teacher in a school that believes in giving each child the opportunity for success, and a school that values how each child has a hidden talent that can be discovered at CAI Learning Academy. I attended Muhlenberg College where I earned my Elementary Education Certification, and I attended Lehigh University to earn my certification as a Program Specialist for English as a Second Language. I’ve worked as second grade teacher for four years, and I have worked in alternative educational settings for two years. I love spending time with my family, and I have a special place in my heart for animals. I feel blessed to be working with the children at CAI Learning Academy, and I am looking forward to wonderful school year.
Miss Wylie - Reading Interventionist
Hello! My name is Miss Wylie and this is my second year at CAI Learning Academy! I previously taught first grade, but have now transitioned into the role of reading intervention teacher. I have received my Bachelor's degree from Penn State University in Early Adolescent and Childhood Education as well as Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, I am working on my Master's degree from Wilkes University in Reading. I also have my Pennsylvania teaching certificate in both Pre-K-4th grade and ESL (English as a Second Language). I am very excited to begin this new role and assist your child in their reading development. Personally, I enjoy reading very much and it is my goal to have your child having the same mindset after working with me. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching college football (Go Penn State!), cooking, and of course reading! I cannot wait for this school year and watch your child's learning grow!
Mrs. Macasevich - Instructional Aide
Hello! My name is Mrs. Macasevich and I am an Instructional Aide for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. I have obtained my PA teaching certificate in English grades 7-12 and Pre-K through Grade 4. I am also certified to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Prior to coming to CAI Learning Academy, I have fulfilled various roles in school settings such as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, and elementary and secondary classroom teacher. I enjoy working with students of all ages and watching them learn and grow throughout the year. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, friends, and my dog. I look forward to working with your children and having a fun and successful school year.
Miss Summy - Instructional Aide
Hello! My name is Miss Summy and I am the third grade instructional aide here at CAILA. I graduated in 2015 from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and I am certified to teach grades PreK-4 in Pennsylvania. During my undergraduate studies, I student taught in a 4th grade classroom in the Palmyra School District. I’m proud to say that CAILA is my first teaching position, as I welcomed my daughter, Dahlia, soon after I graduated, in June of 2016 - and took a break from teaching. I began working as the second grade instructional aide in March, and I am happy to be continuing with the same class and transitioning to the 3rd grade instructional aide. I look forward to working with our third graders this year as they transition from primary to upper elementary. When I am not teaching, I enjoy chasing around a very active toddler and shopping!
Mr. Sheaffer - Custodian
Hello, I'm George Sheaffer. I've seen and done a lot in my years, and I'm happy to be working here at the learning academy. I graduated from Temple in 1990 after getting my Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to that I had an Associate’s in mechanical drafting. I’ve worked a number of years in the robotics industry and finished off my working years in custom machinery. My hobbies include woodworking and outdoor activities like camping and fishing. In addition, I served six years in the Air Force where I primarily worked on F-4 Phantoms. I was previously retired and I now work as the custodian and general handyman at CAI Learning Academy to help pass the time. I love the job and I love working with the staff and students here at the learning academy.
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