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
Welcome to CAI Learning Academy! My name is Mrs. Jill Rothenberger and I am the Dean of Students. I have been with CAI Learning Academy since it opened its doors in 2014 and am excited to continue to work closely with all classroom teachers, instructional support staff, students, and CAILA families this year! I received my teaching degree in early childhood from West Chester University and was a classroom teacher for 17 years. After receiving my Master’s degree in educational leadership, I transitioned out of the classroom and into administrative leadership.
I am originally from Cape May, NJ and have a great love for the beach! In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, decorating, spending time with my husband, and watching my favorite sports teams The Philadelphia Phillies and the Penn State Nittany Lions! 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 it is important for students to be motivated, encouraged, and challenged and that all children can succeed. 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.
Along with our exceptional team of teachers, I am committed to partnering with families to ensure the academic success of all of our students. It is truly a joy and a privilege to be able to work with all of our school community and I am looking forward to another wonderful year full of fun and learning 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.
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My name is Ms. Sidney Case and I am so proud to be the Kindergarten teacher for CAI Learning Academy! I was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley and received my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in May of 2020 from DeSales University. The 2020 school year is my first year teaching and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Kindergarten is such an amazing time. It is fun, exciting, and a new start to a beautiful chapter of a child’s life. I believe in the power of teamwork/collaboration, play and movement, music, literature, and using the world around us as a classroom tool (which I think are all so important for this awesome age group)! I am honored to be teaching Kindergarten and to work alongside the incredible team at CAI as well as each students’ family/loved ones. When I am not in the classroom, I can be found spending time with my friends and family, going on walks, drinking coffee, or watching my favorite Disney movies. Volunteering is a huge part of my life: I have traveled around the world to do service and also love giving back in our local communities. Teaching is an act of service that I am so humbled and excited to embark on next. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a kindergartener myself and I am looking forward to working with each child that enters my classroom to help them reach their full potential! Our classroom will be filled with love, color, friendship, growth, and fun!
First Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Ms. Williams and I'm thrilled to be the first grade teacher at CAI Learning Academy. 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 13th 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
Hi there! My name is Miss Hanssen and I am very excited to be teaching Second Grade at CAILA. I graduated from Kutztown University with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 2016. I then moved to Stafford, Virginia where I taught for 3 years. Outside of school I enjoy being outside, hiking, reading, running, and playing with my puppy Dakota. I enjoy teaching so much and love building an environment where students can explore, learn, and flourish throughout the school year. I am excited to begin my first year at CAILA, I know it is going to be a great year!
Third Grade Teacher
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. I am very excited to be teaching third grade again this year. I strive to help each student become confident learners and become the very best versions of themselves.
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 looking forward to an amazing third grade year!
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 Tori Summy and I teach 5th grade here at CAILA. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2015. After college, I took a break from teaching to welcome my daughter, Dahlia - who is now four years old. In 2017, I began working here at CAI Learning Academy as an instructional aide, and then taught 3rd grade for two years. Last summer, I earned my middle school certification, and taught 5th grade last school year.
I’m looking forward to another wonderful year in 5th grade!
SARA JANE BLACK
Hello! My name is Mrs. Black and I am proud to be the Mindfulness Coach at CAI Learning Academy. After teaching Kindergarten at CAILA for five years, I decided to begin a new chapter and focus on teaching yoga and mindfulness to our students and families. In addition to my certificates in Elementary Education, Special Education and Reading, I am a Certified Childlight Yoga Instructor and have completed numerous hours of mindfulness training. Practicing and teaching yoga and mindful awareness is a passion of mine, and it is an honor and a privilege to offer these life skills to our wonderful CAI Learning Academy community.
Math Specialist/Intervention Teacher
My name is Mrs. Brodt and I am starting my third year as the Math Specialist/Intervention Teacher. Prior to this, 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 sixteen 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 there! My name is Mrs. Meghan Long and I am thrilled to be in my second year as an Instructional Aide at CAI Learning Academy! I absolutely love working with children and helping them learn new things.
When I am not working, you can find me on the baseball or football field cheering on my 2 boys, Owen and Camden. I also enjoy reading, spending time at the barn with my horses, sitting on the beach, or by the fire in the mountains. I love being with my family and doing anything outside! I have found my passion for teaching and I am excited to expand my education and achieve 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.
Hello! I am Miss Wylie and I am the Reading Specialist at the CAI Learning Academy. I joined the staff of CAILA in 2015 and have worked both inside the classroom and with small groups of students. I have previously worked as a Kindergarten Aide and as a nanny for different families throughout the years. I received my Bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 2014 and my Master's degree from Wilkes University in 2018. I love that I get to work with all of our students throughout the year and have had some part in their reading development. It brings so much joy watching them succeed and grow!
When I am not in school I love spending time with my family, friends, and dog, Kaylie. I also love traveling and visiting new places, cooking, arts and crafts, and of course reading! I am also a huge Penn State fan!
I cannot wait to continue working with all of our students and watching them learn and 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
Hello, my name is Megan Konrath. I have been an intern at CAILA since 2016. In 2020, I graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. 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. 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.