A Message From Our Leadership Team
We welcome you to our school with an invitation to explore the many stories throughout our website that highlight the vibrancy of the Laurel Springs community.
There is great joy and opportunity in being an online K-12 private school offering a challenging curriculum that serves as the foundation for a lifelong passion for learning. Every aspect of our program is focused on the learning experience, on building close connections with our faculty, and on creating age-appropriate learning environments for our Lower School, Middle School and Upper School students. These are the foundational building blocks that shape our community.
We are a school with a global reputation of educating students to be well prepared for college and beyond. What you’ll find in Laurel Springs’ online environment is a deliberately constructed community that embodies what it means to define one’s own education. We put equal importance on each student’s individual development as we do on global citizenship and respect for others. Our focus is preparing students for the world ahead, and it has always been our guiding principle since the school’s founding in 1991 by Marilyn Mosley Gordanier.
The heart of the Laurel Springs experience is the relationship between inspiring, caring teachers and talented, motivated, and engaged students. At Laurel Springs, our mission to support students to achieve their academic goals and foster their personal interests and talents is more than just a statement; it is how we do school. Students who attend Laurel Springs are inspired by the power of ideas, made available through engaging exchanges with teachers who are passionate about global concepts that construct, characterize, and transform the world.
In the days ahead, we hope you will take the time to learn exactly how, each day, our students and teachers are working together to demonstrate our mission to personalize the learning experience and help students realize their best selves. We invite you to get to know the heart of this remarkable community: our students, faculty, and staff.
Meet the Leadership Team
The Laurel Springs philosophy was developed by a visionary leadership team. Our team is comprised of experts in the field of online learning, curriculum design, academic instruction, and assessment. They are passionate about our mission and about helping our online school students develop a lifelong love of learning.
Megan O’Reilly Palevich, M.Ed.
Head of School
Megan O’Reilly Palevich has been a teacher and administrator in the public and private sectors for 20 years. Her rich and varied experience in PreK-12 education includes curriculum design, signature innovative program development, technology integration, and personalized professional development for educators. Mrs. Palevich has won awards for innovation in science education from CESI and in social studies education from Facing History and Ourselves. She earned her B.A. from Rosemont College in Elementary Education and Psychology, and her M.Ed. from Cabrini University in Educational Leadership with completion of the K-12 Principal Certification Program.
Director of Student Services
Diane Coraluzzi has worked in the field of customer service management for 20 years and is passionate about creating legendary customer experiences. She is committed to ensuring legendary service and actively seeks solutions that work for our families. She is genuinely enthusiastic about serving our students and their families and looks forward to working with them throughout their years with Laurel Springs. She earned her B.A. in English and Communications from Cabrini University.
Director of Partnerships
Aaron Mitich has worked within the international education sector for 14 years. He has extensive experience in designing and managing partnerships that focus on increasing student opportunities through both public and private sector engagement and educational institutions on a global scale. He is committed to creating new partnership opportunities with Laurel Springs School and expanding its current ones. Aaron holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of WI – Milwaukee and an M.A. in International Communication from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia..
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, M.A.
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier has more than 35 years of education experience. Since founding Laurel Springs in 1991, she has led the school to become a premier provider of customized distance learning. Ms. Mosley Gordanier was nominated for a Nobel Earth Prize, and is the president of the United Nations Global 500 Environmental Forum. She participates in the Captain Planet Foundation on its Board of Directors, and serves on the STEM Education Working Group for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Academic Department Chairs
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Patti McClimans has been part of the Laurel Springs family since November 2016 as a math teacher, and the Math Lead Teacher since October of 2018. She has been in the field of education since 1991. After spending many years in the classroom, she moved to private tutoring as well as college level instruction. Mrs. McClimans has also been an instructor in professional development programs in the field of Gifted Education and has worked with curriculum and assessment development in mathematics at the local school and district levels. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Secondary Mathematics, both received from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she holds gifted certification in the states of Georgia and Colorado as well as Secondary Math teaching certification in four states.
Cory Plough joined Laurel Springs School as the Social Studies Academic Department Chair in 2015. Throughout his sixteen years in online and blended learning education, he has worked with a variety of unique programs around the country supporting students, families and teachers. He has an M.Ed. in Education Leadership and one in Educational Technology. He also earned his B.A. in History from California State University Northridge. Cory has spoken at numerous conferences and written about online education since 2008.
Bridget has over 20 years of brick and mortar classroom, online and blended education experience as both a teacher and administrator. Mrs. Schleifer has her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and is a certified reading specialist and K-8 teacher.
Alex was a high school English and ESL teacher as well as an high school Administrator before coming to Laurel Springs. She has developed assessments and curriculum at both the school and district level, and has also served on committees to evaluate teachers working towards National Board certifications. Alex earned her M.Ed in Teacher Leadership as well as her Principal’s Certification from Regis University, her B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Denver, and her teaching certification through Western State University, and is certified in Linguistically Diverse education.
Emily has been in the field of education for over 10 years. She has worked as a traditional teacher at in brick and mortar setting, as well as teaching students in Kindergarten through 8th grade in an online environment. She has also managed after-school programs facilitating students with learning needs to fill gaps in knowledge and enhance their learning experience. Emily Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Humanities as well as a Master’s Degree in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She is extremely passionate about the progressive world of online learning. As the Blended Learning Manager and Customization Coordinator she is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in implemented blended learning in an online classroom, providing professional development to staff involved in online and blended learning, and tracking and analyzing data in regards to student success. Mrs. Reid is focused on individual student’s growth and progress, providing teacher support, and determining and enhancing the best curriculum and environment to benefit each student.
Rachelle has been involved in the private school sector for 30 years and is celebrating her 20th year as a Laurel Springs School teacher, academic department chair or administrator. She is a Level 2 Learning Success Consultant, earning her B.A. from Antioch University majoring in Psychology, minoring in Communication, with concentrations in child development and education. She has developed student centered, teacher professional development; personalized student study systems; curriculum; and a viable social community for students in a virtual campus to become well-rounded members of any community. Her focus in all areas has been to instill students lead with their strengths; address areas for growth to meet individual goals; and develop an effective balance of self-sufficiency, creativity and productivity in preparation for college and career in the 21st Century.
Keith Wilson is midway through his third decade in education, having worked in virtual school settings, brick and mortar settings and unique combinations of the two throughout the country. He has served school communities as a school administrator, project manager and VP of development. Additionally he has been an adjunct professor for Kansas Newman University and served as an Educational Consultant. He has a double major in Education and Special Education from Augustana College in South Dakota and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University.
Ms. Bechtold earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and British Literature from the University of Montana and her Master of Arts degree in Online Education from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a teaching credential in Secondary English, she is a Highly Qualified NCLB Latin teacher, and holds a National Board Certification in Young Adult Literature and Composition. As Lead Instructor she worked in both the K-8 and English departments. Ms. Bechtold has trained new instructors and served as mentor teacher for the past five years in English, World Languages and the Electives departments. With over 30 years of teaching experience that also includes curriculum development, Ms. Bechtold resides in Missoula, Montana.
Shawn Bailey has taught at brick and mortar as well as online schools for the past fifteen years. Her passion is to motivate students and teachers to be successful in their endeavors. She has successfully developed online school curricula for language arts courses as well as created Advanced Placement assessments for the school district. Throughout her teaching career, she has served as an Advanced Placement Department Chair and provided professional development as a district Gifted Endorsement teacher. Shawn has also served as an AP reader for the College Board for over five years and loves to use these skills to support teachers and students in AP success. She holds an Ed.S. in Teaching and Learning and an M.A. in Teaching English.
Stephanie started her career teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology in New York City. After teaching High School Science at schools in the Northeast and abroad, she left the classroom to work in educational technology, building adaptive learning platforms for blended instruction. Stephanie then went on to lead teams of instructional coaches in online and blended large-scale teacher professional development, supporting teachers and schools in evaluating and implementing best practices. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Georgetown University, a Masters Degree in Science Education from New York University, and is certified in both teaching Biological Sciences and teaching students with disabilities.
Sherry has over 20 years of brick and mortar classroom and online experience as both a teacher and administrator. Sherry served as an instructional supervisor, assistant principal, and principal for both the Social Studies and Electives Department for the largest online school in Ohio where she was instrumental in coaching and evaluating teachers, developing professional development, and tracking data to improve student performance. She has her Master’s degree is School Counseling from The University of Dayton, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from The Ohio State University and a Principal License, Grades 5-12, from The University of Dayton. She is passionate about mentoring teachers and walking alongside them as they serve students in the virtual world of education.
Caitlin began her teaching career in private education after graduating from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s degree in K8 Education with a focus in Literacy. She began her career in a co-teaching model in experiential learning. She moved into a Lead Teacher role and learned to guide teachers in curriculum development, developmentally appropriate instruction, and best practices implementation. Caitlin transferred those skills into online education with Laurel Springs School, finding a niche supporting Middle School students. Here, she was the NJHS Advisor and taught English, Social Studies, and Electives. She also worked in the roles of K8 Lead Teacher and Social Community Assistant, learning how to best support teachers from the incredible Laurel Springs leadership team. Caitlin knows from experience that well supported teachers lead to well supported students.