Mary Ellen Abood
Mary Ellen Abood received her certification as a medical assistant in 1994 and has worked for the Portage County Department of Children’s Services as well as several physician practices in Portage and Summit Counties. She has also been the office manager for several outpatient physician practices in Portage County. She later went on to major in Exercise Science at Kent State University. Mary Ellen has also served as a board member for a local chapter of the American Heritage Girls in a variety of roles including service project coordinator, treasurer, and fundraising chairperson. She has also coached girls fastpitch softball for the past 6 years. Mary Ellen lives with her husband, Dan and their four daughters in Suffield Township. Mary Ellen has been homeschooling all four of her daughters for the past 11 years and three of her children have attended Bridges over the past 3 years. She is excited about her new position as a member of the Bridges team and looks forward to helping to guide the students of Bridges along their academic journeys.
Mrs. Abood will be teaching Jr. High Science: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Kristine Crock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Malone College. Along with teaching Chemistry at Malone College and more recently serving as a Lab Instructor for Organic Chemistry, Mrs. Crock has been a science instructor for a total of 12 years, and has been with Bridges since its inception. She was employed as a chemist for 10 years, performing general chemistry and metal analysis, as well as holding supervising and training positions. Mrs. Crock enjoys teaching the sciences, and showing the student how science applies to his or her everyday life. She believes that building a strong base in the sciences can not only be enjoyable but is essential to a complete education. Mrs. Crock and her husband Ron have homeschooled their four children for 20 years.
Mrs. Crock will be teaching Chemistry and is the Bridges’ Treasurer and Registrar.
Erica Fill received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Bowling Green State University for grades K-12. Mrs. Fill taught art for three years at Waterloo Local Schools before her girls were born. She enjoys learning about health and fitness and is constantly looking for ways to improve the health of her family. She and her husband Dan have two daughters and have been homeschooling them for 12 years. This is her sixth year being a part of the Bridges Co-op. She looks forward to getting her students to move!
Mrs. Fill will be teaching Physical Education.
Angela Fox received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Angela has taught music for nearly 20 years as a middle school vocal music teacher, elementary music teacher, and piano teacher. She currently teaches piano full-time at Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy in Canton where she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” three years in a row. She enjoys continuing her music studies with the Suzuki method and relaxation technique on the piano. Mrs. Fox has been homeschooling her daughter for five years.
Mrs. Fox will be teaching Music Voice and Theory.
Julie Goff received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Malone College. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in School Counseling. This mother of six and part of homeschooling programs for 15 years. Sign language has become her passion as she has witnessed family members and friends who struggle without the aid of an interpreter. You may find Julie interpreting at First Friends Church on a Sunday morning during the 11:00 AM service. Additionally, she has had interpreting experience at funerals, weddings, field trips, church services, etc. Julie has taught ASL, Psychology, and Physical Science for homeschool groups for several years.
Mrs. Goff will be teaching American Sign Language I & II and Physical Science.
Hannah Jurkovich received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Psychology from Hope College. Hannah has been independently teaching dance for over ten years, including Ballet, Creative Movement, Irish Step Dance, and Jazz. She has experience teaching academics in public school settings as a teacher assistant, and highly values incorporating dance and movement in all subjects to enhance learning. Currently, Hannah teaches dance classes at her church. Her dance passions are worship dance, ballet, and Irish step dance, but she receives the most joy from watching her students grow, have fun, and worship the Creator of movement.
Mrs. Jurkovich will be teaching Irish Dance.
Michelle Kennerk received a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She moved to Chicago to pursue a career in textile design. After ten years in Chicago, she and her husband moved to Northeastern PA for three years of study at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, where her husband was ordained an Orthodox priest. They now live in Canton, OH with their three children and attend Holy Assumption Orthodox Church. This past year Michelle taught art to Connect Co-Op’s 2nd-5th graders and loved every minute of it. She looks forward to working with Bridges students this year.
Mrs. Kennerk will be teaching Elementary Art.
Kim Krajci has lived long enough to know that she will never, ever use the quadratic formula, nor will the “tone” of a piece of literature ever impact her life, but she is convinced that public speaking is the one thing she learned in high school that she uses daily. A graduate of Malone University with a BA in Communications, Kim has been coaching and judging high school speech and debate for 10 years, coaching one student to the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament (2013), and two to the Ohio State Tournaments (2011, 2012, 2013). As a 17-year veteran homeschooler, she has taught speech in homeschool co-ops in years past, and is currently in a speech club herself – Toastmasters International. She has achieved the level of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest award given by this international organization which promotes public speaking and leadership skills. Kim continues to compete in Toastmasters speech contests. If you communicate, you are perceived as a leader. If you want to be a leader, you must be able to communicate – Kim Krajci
Mrs. Krajci will be teaching Debate and Speech.
Julie Moledor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone University. As a former missionary kid, she lived in Africa until she was 20, when she returned to the United States to attend college. She has worked in a variety of hospital settings, including medical surgical, admissions, and the emergency department. She and her husband have four boys and have been homeschooling for seven years. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her boys, and nurturing their love for science. She loves health and fitness and experiencing other cultures.
Mrs. Moledor will be teaching Biology and Elementary Science and is the Bridges’ Communication Administrator.
Emily Peresie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Malone University. Two years later, she received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. Emily spent two years teaching grades 9-12 at Ashland High School and another seven years in Southeastern Ohio at Vinton County High School. She also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Malone University, as well as at Stark State College for 3 years. Emily has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember, and she works to instill that same passion into her students as well. She believes that a love for language and literature will create lifelong learners. Emily and her husband, Brian, have four boys who are active in sports and love to be outdoors. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and exercising.
Mrs. Peresie will be teaching Great Books and Introduction to Writing.
Avery Polinori earned his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at Malone University. Throughout his time at Malone, he put his writing skills into practice for Malone’s stage, writing several one act plays and co-writing two full-length plays. With a passion for storytelling and art in all mediums, Mr. Polinori believes that the stories of our imaginations can bring light to the most important truths of our lives. It is this passion and belief that he hopes to share with the drama students at Bridges.
Mr. Polinori will be teaching Drama class.
Darby Smith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Malone University for grades 1-8 and Special Education K-12. Mrs. Smith taught in a Resource Room for grades 5 and 6 in Northwest Local Schools for 7 years, focusing on Language Arts and Math. She and her husband Bruce have four children and have been homeschooling for nine years. During her time staying at home, she has completed her Masters Degree in teaching and kept up her teaching license in the state of Ohio. She has been involved in other homeschool groups and has taught a variety of classes. She also meets with many families to perform their homeschool portfolio assessments each year. This will be her third year teaching in Bridges. Mrs. Smith loves to read and wants to share that love with her students.
Mrs. Smith will be teaching Elementary Literature and High School Language Arts.
Angie Waters was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated college with a BA in Interior Design. Later, she taught kindergarten in a Christian school for two years, and art and fifth grade for a year. She returned to college during that time and studied two years of Early Education until she relocated to the United States. Upon her arrival in the US, she attended college and received an associate degree in Art and Early Education. Upon graduating, she got married and raised her family of five children. She has homeschooled her children for 16 years. She has taught Spanish and art for five years, three of those years with Bridges.
Mrs. Waters will be teaching Jr. High/Sr. High Art and Spanish 1 and 2.
Mark Weimer is a graduate of the College of Wooster with a BA degree in History and a teaching certificate for 7th-12th grades. He recently retired from his career as a sales representative, but always managed to pursue his love of learning and history. Mr. Weimer has been homeschooling his grandchildren in American History, World History and U.S. Government for the past seven years, has taught Ohio History in a homeschool co-op, and has substitute taught in multiple local school districts. He is part of his church’s youth Sunday School program, teaching through the Bible from a historical perspective, and also manages the church’s bookstore.
Mr. Weimer will be teaching Government and Economics.
Melissa Weimer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and an English minor from Malone University. She has worked for The Press-News and The Repository and has held multiple corporate positions writing press releases, speeches, articles, and advertising for both radio and print. She and her husband Jared have four children and they have been homeschooling for 14 years. Melissa has taught a variety of classes in homeschool groups over the past nine years, but writing has always been her passion. She believes that writing is fundamental for success in just about every subject, and thoroughly enjoys instilling confidence and developing skills in Bridges’ students.
Mrs. Weimer will be teaching Essentials for Writing and is the Bridges’ Teacher Liaison.