Greetings Leading Edge parents and students,
I welcome you to the Leading Edge family and community. As the Principal of Leading Edge Academy Online, I am responsible for ensuring that our students receive the best possible education. I am not only committed to helping our students earn their high school diploma, but also preparing them for college and a career.
The Leading Edge Academy Online staff is here to make the school years of your student(s) as successful and educationally challenging as possible. We embrace the opportunity to make a lasting impact on their lives and look forward to celebrating their successes!
We offer many different Resource Centers throughout the valley for students to work from. Each Resource Center has a teacher there to help students as needed and to provide motivation for students to stay on track in their classes. Students are also able to work from home 24 hours a day.
As part of the Leading Edge family, please feel free to share concerns, questions, and successes with our staff. We are here to help ensure that our students have a successful junior high and high school experience and that our families feel supported and part of the educational process.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your student’s success.
Mindi Johnson, M.Ed.
Ms. Janell York graduated from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY with Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Illustration. Janell has taught Elementary Art at Leading Edge Academy since 2012 and currently teaches on our East Mesa and Online campuses. She has also taught PE, Music and lead Art and Photography Club. Janell has 2 daughters and enjoys thrift shopping, antiquing and traveling with her family!
Mrs. Tracie Kruszeski and her husband relocated to Arizona from the Albany, NY area in September 2015. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. Tracie taught in a 3rd-5th grade 15:1:1 classroom in Gloversville, NY at the beginning of her career. She later moved on to teach a 9th-12th grade 12:1:1 classroom in Stillwater, NY. Tracie took a break from the classroom and did in home teaching for special needs infants, toddlers and preschoolers through Head Start in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is excited to be teaching at Leading Edge Academy as well as being back in the classroom again.
Mrs. Shelly Livengood worked for over 30 years in the worker’s compensation insurance industry as a claim representative dealing with permanently injured workers. After retiring from that career and spending a few years as a stay-at-home mom, she signed on with Leading Edge part-time in 2015 to assist the growing online school. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, shopping, her cabin in the woods and most of all, spending time with her family and two granddaughters. She enjoys investing in the lives of the students.
Mrs. Sarah Williams started teaching in 2003. She has taught Kindergarten through Twelfth grades. Along with teaching English for Leading Edge Academy Online, she also is an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University, teaching undergraduate classes for education majors. Mrs. Williams has four children and enjoys playing with them, drinking coffee and reading when she gets a quiet moment.
Mrs. Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of the Program series. Originally from New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program series, Girls with Sharp Sticks series, Poet Anderson series, A Need so Beautiful series, All in Pieces, Just like Fate, and Hotel for the Lost. She has taught creative writing and language arts courses for over ten years.
Mrs. Michelle Smith is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (B.S) and the University of New Brunswick (B.Ed.) She has taught middle and high school math and science in New Brunswick, Canada and North Carolina. Her family relocated to Arizona in 2015 and she began teaching at Leading Edge in 2016. Mrs. Smith’s love of math began in elementary school. In her free time she enjoys reading, kayaking and logic puzzles.