Head of School
Dr. Andrew Oberg serves as Head of School for the Georgia Cyber Academy. Dr. Oberg brings more than 23 years of education experience with stints as director of instructional technology, middle school principal, high school teacher, summer school teacher, and administrator as well as varsity football and track coach. Dr. Oberg most recently was the CEO of Cloudcast Education, a Google Enterprise Partner that is the exclusive distributor and systems integrator of Google products and services to government agencies and public schools in the state of Pennsylvania.
For five years, Dr. Oberg served as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber), the largest cyber charter in the country at that time with a peak student enrollment of nearly 12,000 students as well as 563 faculty and staff. In his tenure, he successfully led the school through Middle States Accreditation and charter renewal with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, as one of the first cyber schools to adopt RTII in virtual education, Dr. Oberg guided PA Cyber to three straight years of making annual yearly progress (AYP) with more than 4,500 students tested and 32 benchmarks met. PA Cyber was the only K–12 cyber charter school in Pennsylvania to ever achieve AYP. In 2012, PA Cyber was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School by PDE. The school was also recognized locally as one of the top places to work as voted on by staff.
Dr. Oberg's higher education experience at Drexel began in the fall of 2013 with the teaching of EDAM-526: Interpreting and Evaluating Research and Achievement Data. Subsequently, he has taught EDUC-715 (School Principal Internship – Technology), EDUC 717 (School Principal Internship – Leadership) and EDUC 817 (Curriculum Models). His scholarly interests focus on virtual education and leadership, emerging technologies, active learning classrooms, and access to high-quality curriculum and instruction for all students. Dr. Oberg also continues to be at the forefront of instructional design and delivery within the synchronous classroom.
Dr. Oberg received his EdD in educational leadership from the University of Pittsburgh where he also received an MEd in school leadership and his principal's certification. He earned his BA in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his teaching certification for elementary and secondary education from Geneva College. Hailing from Rochester, Pennsylvania, he currently resides between Atlanta, Georgia and Oakdale, Pennsylvania with his wife Amy, a son Max (17), two daughters Addie (13) and Mia (9), and their golden retriever Buddy. In the very near future, the family will be joining him full time in Georgia.
Deputy Head of School
Veronica Clemons previously worked for Georgia Department of Education's Georgia Virtual School Program. Ms. Clemons's work focused on program finances, policies and procedures, and program promotions. She has served in Georgia public schools as a teacher, volunteer program coordinator, school improvement committee member, middle-grades assessment team leader, and in various positions with the Parent Teacher Student Association. She has a deep passion for education. Ms. Clemons holds a BS in special education from Albany State University and graduated with honors from Central Michigan University with an MSA in business administration.
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.
High School Administrator
Aundrea Dickerson has been an educator in the Georgia public school system since 2004. She has been with GCA since 2012. Since joining the GCA team, Ms. Dickerson has served as a homeroom teacher, social studies teacher, lead teacher, and assistant administrator.
In August of 2016, Ms. Dickerson accepted the role of principal for the high school. She has a passion for building a positive school culture, supporting teachers as they lead students to academic success, and finding innovative ways to meet the needs of individual students.
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.
Tanya Mitchell Cobb is a certified school counselor with experience spanning the past 16 years as a senior college admissions counselor/recruiter and as a school counselor with Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County, and lead counselor for the Troup County School System. Mrs. Cobb has traveled across the country conducting workshops on test-taking strategies, career development, financial aid, and college preparation and selection.
These experiences afforded her the opportunity to view schools across the country and acquire a body of knowledge to better serve parents and students. Mrs. Cobb graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in religion/philosophy and an MEd in counseling psychology. She received her EdS from University of Sarasota.
Special Education Director
Erica Curry comes to GCA with more than 14 years' experience in general and special education across elementary, middle, and high schools. She has served in the roles of teacher, special education specialist for schools, assistant principal, and as a director of a Freshman Academy. She attended both Jacksonville State University and Cambridge College, receiving bachelor's degrees in public relations and education, a master's degree in public administration, and a specialist in educational leadership.
Ms. Curry's passion for educating children came in college when she worked and managed group homes for children with disabilities, primarily students who were deaf and hard of hearing. Her dedication continued within the education profession, where she found that she made an impact by teaching children but would make a greater impact by leading others and providing the support and resources necessary for teachers and families. Ms. Curry believes in educating the "whole child" to their individual ability and equipping them with tools that enable them to be advocates for their learning.