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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Wow, we are ready to undertake another exciting school year–our fifth since opening in Fall 2015–and look forward to offering some fantastic opportunities that will address the needs of the whole child, our scholar.

Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing place within our educational institution. We will demonstrate high expectations for scholars academically, socially, and behaviorally. As collegial partners, we will strategize with parents and guardians on the best approaches for preparing scholars for a very bright future. We are both elated and passionate about the future of East Academy; despite the challenges that we have experienced with COVID-19 these last few months, we are planning to do some new and exciting things for our scholars beginning this year. Come join us… we are the Falcons!

– East Academy Staff

Mr. Paul Cowan, Interim Principal

Mr. Paul Cowan joined East Academy in 2020 with over eight years of experience as a K-8 educator and school leader in Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools as Resident Principal, he worked for United Schools Network as the Associate Dean of Scholar Life. His previous experience also includes IDEA Public Schools in Texas where he held many leadership positions and completed a yearlong coaching academy program working alongside top-performing principals in the network. Mr. Cowan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Kent State University as well as a Master’s degree in Higher Educational Administration from Capella University.

Natalee Long, Senior Vice President of ACCEL Schools

Natalee Long joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 15 years of classroom teaching and K-12 school leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Operations at ACCEL Schools, Ms. Long leads a team of Regional Vice Presidents that oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for over 45 public charter schools. Ms. Long is a licensed Ohio School Superintendent. She earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lee University, a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University and will complete a Doctorate in Education in 2020 from The Ohio State University.

  • Bev Poole

    TeacherGrade Kindergarten
  • Kashanna Joyce

    TeacherGrade 1
  • Tina Smith

    TeacherGrade 2
  • Ericka Schmidt

    TeacherGrade 3
  • Dalane Hill

    TeacherGrade 4
  • Damon L. Williams

    TeacherGrade 5
  • Vicque Fassinger

    ELA TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Nicole Nagy

    Math TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Zoe Kunsman

    Science TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Tajuana Taylor

    Social Studies TeacherGrade 6-8
  • Nicoletta McDonald

    Title I
  • Shawndra Maxey

    Lead Intervention Specialist
  • Lauren Fellows

    Intervention Specialist
  • Alexis Hancock

    Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Maurice Rouse

    Physical Education
  • Akil Marshall

    Performing Arts
  • La Chickia Green

    Instructional Aide
  • Angelita Smith

    Instructional Aide
  • Jacqueline Martin

    Instructional Aide
  • Yonica Gilberry

    Instructional Aide

Community School

East Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.


Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.