Stephanie Hargens is the SUPERINTENDENT at Michigan Online School. She is an education veteran with 27 years of experience in teaching and administration in multiple settings-traditional public, online, private, and charter. Stephanie has worked in schools in California, Indiana, Michigan, and Great Britain, including sitting on the Board of Governors of a British primary school while living in England. She is a staunch advocate for choice in education and is passionate about transforming education for kids and families. Stephanie graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and earned her master’s degree from California State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to spend time with her husband and three daughters, cook, travel, and volunteer at her children’s school.
Amy Stirling is the PRINCIPAL of Michigan Online School. She is in her third year at MOS, and her 14th year in education. She received her undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College in Marketing Management with a minor in Biology (where she also played college volleyball), and her secondary teaching credential in biology and integrated science from California State University, Northridge. She earned her Master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2018. In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, reading, crafting, cooking, and playing volleyball.
Terasa Burt is the ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL for Michigan Online School. She joined the team in 2020 as a science teacher, and has also served as Operations Manager. She started her career in education as an elementary teacher in 2006, and transitioned to online education 2013 where she found a true passion for educating students virtually. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University with a major in General Science and a minor in History. She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Terasa enjoys reading, baking, gardening, and adventuring with her husband and 2 sons.
Ranjani Iyer is the ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL (6-12) at Michigan Online School. She became a part of the MOS team in 2020 as a math teacher and comes with a wealth of experience in education across various regions including India, Texas, and Michigan, she brings a global perspective to her role. She holds a Doctoral degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, along with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. Additionally, Ranjani is actively engaged in utilizing Heartfulness tools and programs aimed at fostering the well-rounded growth of the next generation. She is also a dedicated mother to three teenagers and spends quality time with them in collaborative efforts on research and initiatives related to mental wellness. Her contributions extend to the academic realm, where she has authored numerous articles in international education journals.
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Jim Van Nada is the Student Services Coordinator at Michigan Online School. He started his career in education working for Grand Valley State University managing student housing, and held several roles in higher education and vocational training before joining the MOS team as a Success Coach in 2020. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and French Language & Literature from Oakland University. He earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Bowling Green State University. Jim spends his spare time planning outdoor adventures with his spouse, attempting to keep up with his dog, and learning new recipes!
Kim Bush is the Operations Manager at Michigan Online School. She joined the MOS team at the start of the 2022-23 school year. She has managed the operations of virtual schools for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked in administration at a small cinema arts college, and owned and operated a small business. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Davenport University. Kim enjoys spending time with her large family, hiking, kayaking, cooking, and visiting quaint small towns.
Katie Shirk is the Manager of Students with Disabilities at Michigan Online School. She is a native Michigander. This is Katie’s 27th year in education. Katie has consulted throughout the state while working within the public school system. She has held positions as resource teacher, teacher consultant, assistant principal, special education supervisor and director. Katie holds an Educational Leadership, Special Education Administration degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in Special Education, endorsed in Specific Learning Disabilities from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate degree is in general and special education with an endorsement in Emotional Impairments. Katie has a strong student-centered focus and truly believes all students can and want to learn. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two children, her parents and being active outdoors!
Katherin Mohney is the State and Federal Programs Manager at Michigan Online School. She has been serving students and families as an educator (teacher, instructional coach, principal) for over 22 years. Kathy is a strong advocate for each student, understanding that a high-quality education is the foundation to having more opportunities beyond their K-12 education. Kathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, son, and her two fur babies.
Stacey Hull is the Counseling Coordinator at Michigan Online School. She began her career in education as a School Adjustment Counselor in Massachusetts Public Schools in 1996. After serving as a School Counselor over the course of many years in Oregon, Maryland, and Indiana, she transitioned to online education in 2018 and then joined the MOS team in 2019. Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Worcester University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys reading, shopping, exercising, and vacationing with her family.
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