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Our Staff

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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Dr. Heather Eubank

Education Consultant

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Dr. Heather Eubank

Education Consultant

Clearwater

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I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. From a very young age I knew I wanted to teach and was excited to graduate with my Elementary Education degree from WSU in 1993. While teaching for Wichita Public Schools, I was set up on a blind date with my husband Jason, (it was obviously successful!) and later got married. In 1998, I finished my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction then moved to St. Louis for Jason to attend optometry school. I taught in the classroom until 2001 then moved back to Wichita and transitioned into a district-level instructional support specialist. I received my administration certificate from Baker University in 2005, and in 2006, was hired by Hesston Public Schools as their K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I loved my time in Hesston but after two years, a family illness brought me back to Wichita. I was the building principal in both USD 259 and the private sector for eleven years. My love for research took me back to WSU where I completed my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. My heart has always been in curriculum and PD so, I retired from administration and joined the Orion team! This amazing job allows me to spend more time in the educational areas I love!  When I’m not working, I spend time with my family, including my daughters, Olivia and Tess. We'll often be found completing puzzles, playing cards, or traveling the country to watch Tess play softball. Life is good!

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Sarah Finan

Program Coordinator

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Sarah Finan

Program Coordinator

Topeka DCP

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Sarah is a Diploma Completion Program staff member at the Topeka location. She is a certified math teacher via Washburn University and an Instructional Design & Technology major through Emporia State University. Sarah was born and raised on a dairy farm in northern Pennsylvania, loves taking road trips around the country in her spare time, and hates fake pockets.

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Shannon Fisher

Online Training and Development Director

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Shannon Fisher

Online Training and Development Director

Clearwater

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Shannon is the Online Training and Development Director at Orion Education and Training. Her primary role at Orion is to facilitate the Teacher Treks program which includes online professional learning opportunities for educators.

Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University, with a minor in Music. Her master’s degree was earned at Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction, with a Library Science Endorsement. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Instructional Design and Performance Technology at Baker University.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys outdoor adventures such as hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, and exploring National Parks.

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Kelly Grudowski

Teacher

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Kelly Grudowski

Teacher

Parklane

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