Ms. Lassetter is a graduate of Emory University's Goizueta Business School and has extensive experience in corporate operations, human resources, and facility management. Her children have been educated in a variety of educational environments including traditional public school, traditional charter school, private school, home school, and virtual school, which allows her to bring a well-rounded educational perspective to the board. Ms. Lassetter has years of experience on several other charters and private school boards, one being a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School. Additionally, she has served on several school advisory committees, school AdvancED accreditation teams, and an AdvancED STEM certification team.
Deputy Head of School
Ms. Todd has been an educator for over 20 years, working in a variety of school settings including public, private, charter, homeschool, and virtual. Since joining the GCA team in 2012, she served as teacher, lead teacher, and director of the Advanced Learner Program for all three schools at GCA. In addition, she was the first recipient of the Student in the Chair award, which recognizes educators who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students at GCA. Ms. Todd holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in digital learning and teaching and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. She also serves on a variety of educational teams and continues to enhance her knowledge and skill set, bringing a unique perspective to GCA.
Ms. Todd believes all children can be successful. She is dedicated to ensuring the students GCA receive the knowledge and enhanced capabilities to know they are special and can achieve all of their goals.
Instructional & Curriculum Program Director
Dr. Kimmons comes to GCA from K12's The George Washington University Online High School, where she served for the past three years as head of school for this high-performing, private online 8–12 school. Prior to that, she oversaw high school for Georgia Connections Academy and also has extensive experience as a principal or administrator at every grade level since getting her start as a high school counselor.
Dr. Kimmons holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University, an M.S. in educational psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She also holds an add-on certification in educational leadership from Georgia State University.
Mrs. Yawn has been an educator in the public school system in Georgia for more than 14 years. Since joining the GCA team in 2008, she has served as an 8th-grade math teacher, math chairperson, data coordinator, human resources coordinator, and in June 2014, accepted the role of operations manager. Mrs. Yawn is an advocate for children and school choice. In fact, both of her children attended a K12-powered school, and her daughter was a member of the first graduating class of GCA.
Elementary School Principal
Ms. Waters has been an educator in the Georgia public school system since 1995. She also has experience homeschooling students for seven years. She has been with GCA since 2010 and has served as a homeroom, language arts, math, and ELL teacher; supported students in the ALP Program; and been a lead teacher in elementary school.
Ms. Waters has also been the student achievement data coordinator for middle school. In August 2015, she accepted the role of principal for the elementary school. She is dedicated to students and leading the elementary school staff to assist students and Learning Coaches, so that all students are successful at GCA.
Middle School Principal
Mrs. Lowndes has been an educator in the Georgia public school system and private tutoring business for more than 20 years. She has been with GCA since 2009, and has served as a homeroom teacher, social studies teacher, and lead teacher. In August 2011, she accepted the role of assistant administrator, and in September 2014, she accepted the role of administrator.
Mrs. Lowndes is dedicated to the "student in the chair" and leading our middle school staff to assist Learning Coaches and students to master the skills and standards of each student's particular grade level.
High School Principal
Mrs. Blanda is committed to providing individualized education, improving student academic outcomes, developing positive classroom environments, and creating a cohesive partnership with our families to propel our high school program to a new level of achievement.
Kristen Blanda started with Georgia Cyber Academy in 2007 as a teacher and during her nine year tenure served in many different roles, including those of Middle School Principal, Interim High School Principal, and District Academic Administrator. Over the past two years, she has been supporting teachers at various K12 schools as an instructional coach and has had the opportunity to witness many innovative and effective virtual instructional approaches that improve both student academic outcomes and their classroom experiences.
Family Engagement Director
Mrs. Watson has been involved with multiple facets of GCA since her arrival as a Learning Coach in 2007. Mrs. Watson officially joined FAST as a Family Academic Support Liaison (FASL) in 2010, after three years as an engaged, passionate Learning Coach who was excited about GCA's unique method of delivering K–12 education virtually. Since then, she has worked with all grade levels within FAST and has served as a FASL lead for both middle school and high school where she helped design and implement the school's FASL program. For the past two years, Mrs. Watson has served as the FAST assistant administrator, assisting in overseeing FAST's advisement, FASL, truancy, family engagement, and social work programs. Her ultimate goal is for all positions within FAST to support GCA's at-risk and struggling families, ultimately leading to their success within GCA's virtual environment.
Special Education Director
Ms. Redmon has worked in education since 2002, beginning her career in the postsecondary education sector as a college administrator. She has resided in the Atlanta metro area since 2005, when she relocated from Baylor University to serve as a student affairs administrator at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Redmon has served students across a variety of educational settings, and she brings prior experience in the private, public, charter, and virtual education settings to her role at GCA. She received her BS in special education and communication disorders and her MS in counseling from the University of Nebraska. She began her special education career in both the clinical and school settings as an undergraduate and has a unique perspective as a former college orientation instructor and a highly-qualified special education teacher. Ms. Redmon returned to secondary education in 2009 and gained experience in teaching and leadership in the public, virtual, and charter school settings prior to joining GCA this year. She is an advocate for career transition and holistic education and is passionately dedicated to ensuring educational benefit to all students.