I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, I went on to complete a non-degree Speech-Language-Pathology program at La Salle University. This program developed my knowledge and refined my skills necessary for working with students in the public and private school system that enter the classroom with deficiencies in speech and language. After completing the Speech-Language-Pathology program, I continued my education by earning my Master’s Degree in Education and an Elementary K-6 Certification from Cedar Crest College.
Prior to assuming my role as Director of Education at CAI Learning Academy, I worked in various education settings where I honed my instructional and leadership skills. I began my career working as a nanny, assisting families in raising their children from birth through 13 years of age. More than a decade later, I moved into a role at Lear Educational Center as an Educational Specialist where I provided one-on-one tutoring services to children in pre-k through high school. A major focus during my time at Lear Educational was preparing four and five year olds for kindergarten through a kindergarten readiness program.
I eventually moved into a position as a Reading Intervention Teacher at several parochial schools in Allentown and Bethlehem where I provided remediation and enrichment services to students in grades pre-k through third grade.
In 2012, I transitioned into the position of Director of School Programs at Computer Aid, Inc., an IT and Project Management Firm in Allentown, PA. During this time, I worked with local schools and community-based organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, to provide students with educational software programs that are designed to increase reading and math abilities.
I have a passion for working with children specifically during their early childhood years where development is of the utmost importance. Though play and socialization are essential parts of a child’s development, I believe in also providing a strong instructional-based program that includes educational technology that continuously challenges and engages students. My goal for all students is to prepare them for future school success and in becoming self-confident and motivated learners.
Dean of Students
Hello and welcome to CAI Learning Academy. My name is Mrs. Jill Rothenberger and I am the Dean of Students. I am looking forward to another wonderful year at CAI Learning Academy, and I am specifically excited to work closely with all classroom teachers, instructional support staff, students, and CAILA families! I received my teaching degree from West Chester University and have been teaching and involved in administrative leadership in Pennsylvania for the last fourteen years. Most recently, after much hard work and determination, I received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in August, 2017.
I am originally from Cape May, NJ and have a great love for the beach. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, spending time with my husband and Pug named Hank, and watching my favorite sports team The Philadelphia Phillies! I have a great love for children and will do everything I can to ensure this is a great year for all of our students. I believe ALL children can succeed and that confidence is one of the keys to learning. I feel it is important for students to be motivated, encouraged, and challenged. Through modeling, teaching, and practice of leadership skills, I am proud that CAI Learning Academy provides students with the knowledge of the habits that are essential to be leaders in the home, school, and community.
Furthermore, I enjoy working collaboratively with our exceptional team of teachers to ensure the academic success of all of our students. In addition, I believe open communication between home and school is vital to your child’s success. I am looking forward to another school year full of wonderful learning experiences at CAI Learning Academy!
My name is Mrs. Millie Konrath and I am the Office Administrator at CAI Learning Academy. I was born in Puerto Rico and have been a resident of the Lehigh Valley since my childhood. I am a graduate of Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa. Before I started at CAI Learning Academy, I was Director of the after-care program at a local private school. Before that, I worked in Bethlehem for 15 years as a digital and microfilm technician at Backstage Library Works and for 7 years I worked in Document Control at Orasure Technologies. I am fluent in both Spanish and English. I am married and have one daughter.
In my spare time, I enjoy softball and baseball (Go Mets!), bowling, walking, biking, and volunteering for pediatric cancer activities and events. It gives me great pleasure to be able to interact with each of the students while they continue to grow and mature. I am excited about my position at CAILA and enjoy working with all your children and love to see the spark of wonderment in their eyes when they are introduced to new concepts and experiences that CAILA offers.
SARA JANE BLACK
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.
First Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Ms. Williams and I'm thrilled to be joining the CAI staff this year as a first grade teacher. After high school, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Penn State University. Then, I obtained my elementary education teaching certification for grades K-6. I am currently in my 12th year of teaching and I wouldn't change it for the world! I am honored to have the privilege to motivate, inspire and encourage students to do their absolute best. I'm looking forward to teaching your child and getting to know your family this school year!
Second Grade Teacher
My name is Mrs. Lauren Trimboli and I teach 2nd grade here at CAI Learning Academy. I absolutely love working with this age group, and I cannot wait to begin our new school year! I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Muhlenberg College in 2005 and went on to get my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cedar Crest College in 2011. This will be my third year teaching at CAILA, and it is my 11th 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, yoga, 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 another great year in 2nd grade at CAILA!
Third Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Mrs. Tiffany Stankiewicz and I am the third grade teacher here at CAI Learning Academy. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Penn State University in 2012, and my Master’s degree in Special Education from Point Park University in 2018. This is my 6th year being a teacher in the classroom, and my first year here at CAILA teaching third grade. I am very excited to be back in third grade as this is the age group I was fortunate enough to work with during my student teaching.
While I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter at home, going to visit family further away, and doing arts and crafts. I am excited to begin this new chapter as the third grade teacher here at CAILA and to help all of my students grow into the very best version of themselves!
Fourth Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Richard Smith, and I am the fourth grade teacher at CAI Learning Academy! I wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit about myself.
The oldest of four children, I live with my parents in Quakertown, PA, where I grew up. I graduated from Quakertown Community Senior High School in 2003. From there I went on to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, while also maintaining a minor in music, at Gwynedd Mercy College. I graduated in 2007 Cum Laude with Program Honors. I did my Student Teaching experience at Richland Elementary School in the Quakertown Community School District in fourth grade. Over the past ten years, I have had experience working with students ranging in age from 2 years old all the way up through high school. I have a good deal of experience working with students who have learning and emotional delays. My last position was as the fourth grade teacher at Our Lady Help of Christians School in Allentown in its final year of existence.
Personally, I have many hobbies I enjoy. I am a ravenous fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers. I am also a huge fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team. I also enjoy reading both books and comic books, playing video games, watching movies, singing, playing tabletop RPGs, and spending time with my friends and family.
I absolutely love teaching fourth grade. It is so fun and exciting to work with this age group: watching the students grow, mature, and take on more and more responsibility as the year progresses. I look forward to working with all the students this year!
Fifth Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Summy and I teach 5th grade! I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA in 2015 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and became certified to teach PreK-4. After college, I took a break from teaching and welcomed my daughter, Dahlia (who is now 3)! In 2017, I began working here at CAILA as an instructional aide, and then taught 3rd grade for two years. I am excited to begin a new journey this year in 5th grade and look forward to a fun and rewarding school year!
Math Specialist/Intervention Teacher
My name is Mrs. Brodt, and I am excited to tell you that this year I will be taking on a new position as Math Specialist/Intervention Teacher. Prior to this year I was teaching 1st grade at CAI Learning Academy. I received my teaching degree from Moravian College, and I have been teaching in Pennsylvania for the last fourteen 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.
It’s an honor to be an instructional aide for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students at CAILA this year. As part of the instructional aide team, I work with teachers to help prepare materials for student activities, work with students directly to support their academic progress through our IStation program, and provide other literacy-based activities to help students be successful communicators, readers, and writers. The most rewarding work for me is seeing students solve problems, sharpen their skills, and become real leaders through CAILA’s Seven Habits philosophy. I am a K-4 and ESL K-12 certified teacher in Pennsylvania.
Before moving to Pennsylvania in 2016, I served students and families in the Green Bay Area Public School District (Wisconsin) in various bilingual and monolingual classrooms over a five-year period. My interest in languages prompted me to earn Bilingual and ESL certification to further help students achieve academic success. I also received training in ALICE, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, AVMR, Bilingual Guided Reading best practices, Spanish Dictado best practices, WIDA best practices for ESL Students, and PALS and PALS Español assessment programs.
Prior to my career in education, I provided database services and automation assistance for a global software company in library management services for education, marketing services for a civil engineering company, and marketing and label design services for an agricultural chemical company. In these positions, my clear and concise writing skills helped employees operate, test and maintain database systems, assisted communities in securing State and Federal funding for engineering projects, and paved the way for a private business’s marketing strategies.
When I am not at CAILA, I enjoy reading, writing, gardening and ballroom dancing. On the weekends, I enjoy exploring the Lehigh Valley area with my husband, Rob, and my dog, Missy.
Hi! My Name is Mrs. Meghan Long and I am an Instructional Aide in kindergarten. I am very excited to be joining the CIALA team this year! I absolutely love working with children and helping them learn new things.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 12 years and we have two handsome sons together. When I am not on the baseball or football field cheering on my boys, you can find me reading, riding my horses, sitting on the beach, or by a campfire in the mountains. I love spending time with my family and doing anything outside! This time next year, I would love to be working on achieving my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.
Hello! My name is Mrs. Macasevich and I am an Instructional Aide. 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.
Reading Intervention Teacher
Hello! I am Miss Wylie and I am the Reading Intervention Teacher at the CAI Learning Academy. I joined the staff of CAILA in 2015 as a first grade teacher and then transitioned into being a reading intervention teacher in 2016. Previously, I worked as a Kindergarten Aide at another school in the Lehigh Valley and nannied for various families for over ten years. I received my Bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 2014 and my Master's degree from Wilkes University in 2018. I am very excited to continue working with our students in their reading development. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring the Lehigh Valley, cooking, arts and crafts, and of course reading! I am also a huge Penn State fan!
I cannot wait for this school year to begin and to watch your child grow!
My name is Dianne Black. I have been married for 36 years and have two children. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. One of my favorite hobbies is going to the gym and bettering myself each day. I am currently the nursery aide for CAI Learning Academy. My duties include taking care of two children whose parents work for the school. I approach each new day with a clean slate and a positive outlook. I enjoy my time working at this school and with these two children in the nursery. I bring a friendly, positive, approach to each of the faculty and appreciate all the support and guidance I receive from them on a daily basis. I look forward to many more positive interactions and memories moving forward while being employed at CAI Learning Academy.
School Nurse and Community Outreach Coordinator
My name is Jane Fehnel and I am the School Nurse and Community Outreach Coordinator at CAI Learning Academy. I earned my Associate Degree in Applied Science from Northampton Community College and am a Registered Nurse. I also hold an Associate Degree in Social Work. I am excited to work with children, educating them on their physical and mental health and to set healthy habits to last a lifetime. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family playing sports and spending time outdoors.
Education Projects Intern
I graduated from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in 2016 and continued on to Moravian College as a biochemistry major. I want to go in to the field of scientific research, and eventually receive my PhD. I love working at CAI Learning Academy and interacting with the kids, which will help me to prepare for a future of working with children. I enjoy reading, writing, watching baseball (Go Mets!), bowling competitively, and working in the lab. I also enjoy photography and traveling with my family.
Hello, my name is Maria Blanco. I am happily married and I have two children, a girl and a boy who are my adoration. I was born in the Dominican Republic. I graduated from high school and completed two years of system engineering at the O&M University in the Dominican Republic. I worked as a receptionist, then telemarketing and customer service at Officenter for 10 years. I have been living in Allentown since 2013. I am working at CAI Learning Academy in the Janitorial Department, I like the work and I try every day to do better and to be able to meet the expectations of CAI Learning Academy. I enjoy my free time with my family.
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.