Head of School
Angela 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, Angela has served on several school advisory committees, school AdvancED accreditation teams, and an AdvancED STEM certification team.
Deputy Head of School
Michelle Todd has been an educator for over 20 years working in a variety of school settings from public, private, charter, homeschool, and the virtual environment. She has been with GCA since 2012. Since joining the GCA team, Michelle 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. Michelle 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. Michelle also serves on a variety of educational teams and continues to enhance her knowledge and skill set bringing a unique perspective to GCA.
Michelle believes all children can be successful. She is dedicated to ensuring the students of Georgia Cyber Academy receive the knowledge and enhanced capabilities to know they are special and can achieve all of their goals.
Dr. Kimmons comes to GCA from K12's George Washington University Online High School, where she served for the past 3 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 PhD in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University, an MS in educational psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a BS from University of Wisconsin- Parkside. She also holds an add-on certification in educational leadership from Georgia State University.
Manager of Operations
Allison Yawn has been an educator in the public school system in Georgia for more than 14 years. She has been with GCA since 2008. Since joining the GCA team, Mrs. Yawn has served as an 8th grade math teacher, math chairperson, data coordinator, human resources coordinator, and accepted the role of operations manager in June 2014. 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.
Maria Waters has been an educator in the Georgia public school system since 1995. She also has experience in homeschooling students for seven years. She has been with GCA since 2010. Since joining the GCA team, she 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 of 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 Administrator
Rosie 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. Since joining the GCA team, Mrs. Lowndes 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 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.
Family Support Team Director
Michelda Watson has been involved with multiple facets of GCA since her arrival as a Learning Coach in 2007. She is currently serving as the interim family engagement administrator of the Family Academic Support Team (FAST) for the remainder of the 2016–2017 school year.
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