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Our Staff

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Juanita M Avalos

Teaching Assistant

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Juanita M Avalos

Teaching Assistant

Parklane

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Micaela Barnes

Academic Advisor

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Micaela Barnes

Academic Advisor

Topeka

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Micaela is a Diploma Completion Program staff member at the Topeka location. She is a certified English Language Arts, ESOL, and Reading Specialist teacher.  Micaela earned a Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a Master's from Fort Hays State University. She has four grown children, started boxing, and is a certified aquafitness instructor.

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Glenna Bishop  

Teacher

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Glenna Bishop  

Teacher

Wichita NE DCP

316-733-5561 Email

Glenna is a Virtual Learning Coach for Orion Education and Training at the NE Wichita Diploma Completion site. Currently, she enjoys the opportunity to assist staff and to serve adult as well as high school students in their learning endeavors.  

Glenna received her BA in Elementary Education and Music Education from Tabor College.   

Her experiences as an educator include the opportunity to teach in Wichita, Kansas; Burlington, New Jersey; Asuncion, Paraguay SA; Piti, Guam; and Baguio City, Philippines.  

Glenna enjoys volunteering at Believer’s Tabernacle as a preschool teacher and the “Dream Again” clothing ministry. Throughout the year, Glenna spends time visiting and helping several senior citizens, gardening, and walking in Mulvane or Waco. Taking her parents on trips to see family is one of her favorite activities in the summer.

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Tori Bohannon

Technology Coordinator/E-Rate Consultant

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Tori Bohannon

Technology Coordinator/E-Rate Consultant

Clearwater

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Tori, resident tech nerd and office troublemaker, began working at Orion in 2005. She attended Southwestern College where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Operations Technology and in Human Resource Development.

In her tenure at Orion, Tori has taken on several duties including tech coaching, grant writing, and teaching online professional development courses. Tori currently spends a majority of her time at Orion managing E-Rate for 18 school districts and 16 private schools, while also providing tech support to anyone who needs it. 

When she isn’t working, Tori is busy living the mom life at basketball and volleyball games, dance competitions, and at her kids’ school activities.

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Audra Brownlee

IDL Director

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Audra Brownlee

IDL Director

IDL

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Audra is the Distance Learning Director for the Orion Distance Learning Network. Audra works with school districts that use a variety of videoconferencing platforms such as Cloud-based clients and legacy H.323 equipment. She coordinates classes over synchronous video with high schools, local colleges, and other networks in the state. Audra also works with districts to implement the many other uses of videoconferencing in schools. Audra enjoys working with distance learning and the opportunities it provides to meet and learn from other professionals around the world!

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Jeremy Buoy

Teaching Assistant

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Jeremy Buoy

Teaching Assistant

North East

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Dr. Jena Cantwell

Teaching Assistant

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Dr. Jena Cantwell

Teaching Assistant

Wichita SC DCP

316-440-8880 Email

Jena is the Corporate Solutions Consultant at Orion. Her office is located at Orion Wichita’s Diploma Completion Program, where her skills as a mentor have greatly enhanced services to adult students who attend there. Additionally, her computer programming knowledge has streamlined processes, integrated new systems of operation, and created online opportunities for students to enroll and begin their educational journey. Jena earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, two master’s degrees from Webster University — an MBA and an MA in Human Resources Development and her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University where her research topic focused on student soft skills in education and the workplace. 

She lived in North Carolina for five years, where she worked at a community college, integrating soft skills curriculum into both college classrooms and local high schools. She has presented at state conferences regarding Soft Skills integration into the classroom and the effects that this has on student success. Jena has been a human resources manager, a training and development specialist, an employee trainer in the financial industry, and is currently an adjunct professor at several colleges. Jena enjoys spending time with family, and she spends the weekends and many weeknights watching her daughter, Avery, play soccer.

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Prism Carnal

Teacher

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Prism Carnal

Teacher

Wichita NE DCP

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Prism is the Course Monitor of the 9-12 STAR students at the Wichita NE site. She assists the students with their learning, self-management, and individual goal setting and achieving. She has a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from Pittsburg State University with a minor in Graphic Design. Officially a millennial, she is the technology guru for her site, a media helper, and a Level 1 Certified Google Educator. 

Originally from Idaho, then South East Kansas, she is now a proud Wichitan with a husband and two young children.

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Beto Chabarria

Bilingual Instructor

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Beto Chabarria

Bilingual Instructor

Topeka

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Sarah Clarady

Teacher

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Sarah Clarady

Teacher

Rose Hill

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Bob Cockerham

Part-Time Teacher

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Bob Cockerham

Part-Time Teacher

Topeka DCP

785-228-2336 Email

Bob is a part-time teacher at Orion Topeka. He specializes in math and science and enjoys helping our adult students succeed.

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Suzanne Cruzen-Hershberger

Teacher

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Suzanne Cruzen-Hershberger

Teacher

Rose Hill DCP

316-776-2000 Email

Suzanne is the Teacher/Virtual Course Monitor for Orion’s STAR program in Rose Hill. In her eighth year in the alternative classroom, Suzanne formerly was a paraprofessional in the Maize and Goddard school districts. She also spent more than a decade reporting on education at a daily newspaper in Missouri. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism from Northwest Missouri State University.

Suzanne has two sons: Brandon, an outdoor educator with a non-profit in Colorado, and Scott, a sophomore math/physics major at Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys traveling to visit her sons, going to a coffee shop with a good book, and researching her genealogy. 

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Julie Dahl

Administrative Assistant / Teaching Assistant

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Julie Dahl

Administrative Assistant / Teaching Assistant

El Dorado

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Julie is the Administrative Assistant/Teacher Assistant at the El Dorado location.  She works with the adults program. Julie enjoys spending time outside and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Jon Douglas

Information Technology Specialist

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Jon Douglas

Information Technology Specialist

Clearwater

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Jon is the Information Technology Specialist at Orion Education. He is recently retired from Active Duty in the United States Air Force. During his 20-year tenure, he performed jobs in Information Technology, Military Instruction, and Cyber Warfare.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College earning both his Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and his Master of Business Administration. 

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys hobbies working on cars and computers.

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Dr. Heather Eubank

Education Consultant

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Dr. Heather Eubank

Education Consultant

Clearwater

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