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Michelle

Michelle Coe ~ Head of School/Middle School Teacher

Michelle Coe is the Head of School at Rock Solid Academy.  She is a devoted wife and mother of four children. She attends Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God with her family.  Her formal education was obtained at the University of Scranton where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education, and Master’s Degree in Developmental Education.  Over the years, she has taught all subjects in a Christian school setting, and also Math for grades 7-12 in the public schools. Michelle feels God has brought her to Rock Solid Academy to teach the middle school students, which is an honor.  She looks forward to teaching the students and learning from them as well.  She anticipates working together with families to help students grow academically and spiritually, and be on their way to becoming the person God desires them to be!

William Norwig ~ Dean of Students

William Norwig has 39 years of classroom and teaching experience.  He has 5 years of administrative experience.  He taught and was the Middle School Principal at Lancaster Christian, taught at Montessori School, has 15 years experience teaching in the New Jersey Public School System, and taught in other Christian Schools.  He has been a Home School Evaluator for 28 years.  William has experience coaching flag football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.  He has been married for the past 52 years to Carol, the love of his life.  She now resides at The Meadows.  His main desire is to make Christ “real” in the heart and lives of the young people at Rock Solid Academy.

 

Jenn Sgroi ~ Office Manager

Jen Sgroi is the Secretary/Office Manager at Rock Solid Academy. Prior to starting at Rock Solid
Academy as an office volunteer in 2014, she was employed in various customer service positions and
briefly, a stay at home mom. She attends Cross Creek Community Church where she is involved with
their Cross Creek Choir, the Renew women’s ministry, and had previously been an AWANA leader for 5
years. Last year, she decided to return to college and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree for
Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. When she is not working or in class,
she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, Jerry, of almost 17 years, who is her
high school sweetheart, and her teenage son, Alex. She also loves to travel and anything music related.
She has been involved with music from a young age, participating in various instrumental and vocal
groups. Most recently, she has played saxophone for the Wilkes University Civic Band for the last two years.

Laura

Laura Kudey ~ Business Manager/Art Teacher

Laura Kudey is a valedictorian graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. Upon completion, she interned at two high-class restaurants in New York City. For 11 years, Laura owned a Baking/Catering business; “Laura’s Sweet Gourmet”. She has a deep love for writing, baking, painting with all mediums, performing on stage, keeping things perfectly organized, and creating. She grew up surrounded by the arts, having involvement in several acting and theater programs, and completing Bloomsburg’s Theater Ensemble School. She is very excited about using these gifts and talents to teach children how to create and love all of the different arts and beauty in God’s beautiful world. She believes God has brought her to Rock Solid Academy for such a time as this. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her loving husband, Andrew, of eight years, their son, Riker, and helping out with Youth Fine Arts at her Church, Clarks Green Assembly of God, and writing her first mystery novel

Joe

Joe Bryan ~ High School Teacher

Joseph Bryan has his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, he
earned his M.F.A in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Bryan has taught in various
capacities at Seton Catholic High School, Bishop O’Reilly, Montessori, and Wyoming Seminary Lower School. Bryan attends Parker Hill Community Church where he is the host of EpicKidz, a children’s ministry group for grades kindergarten to fifth grade. In his free time, Bryan enjoys writing and performing on stage. He is working on his book “Checkout Joe,” based on his part-time job as a Wegmans cashier. He also enjoys running. God
willing, he will complete his second Half Marathon this October in Hershey, PA. Or, his first full marathon if you add them together. He also enjoys walking his collie Brady.

Gary Crompton ~ High School Teacher

Gary Crompton is the Social Studies teacher in the middle and high school. He also coaches soccer and leads Video Games Club. He is a graduate of Cairn University where he earned a B.S. in Bible majoring in Youth Ministry and History and a M.S. in Education. He has been to Siberia twice and is happily married to Katya, a first generation immigrant. Before working at Rock Solid, he wrote Biblical Worldview Curriculum for Sevenstar, one of the largest Christian schools in the country. He also worked for Children’s Service Center in various schools and homes across NEPA. While there, he worked as Therapeutic Support Staff for children with behavioral issues. Working at a Christian school in his hometown is Mr. Crompton’s dream job.

Jared Vedro ~ 4th-6th GradeTeacher

Jared Vedro graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University.  He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Southeastern University. He is a current member of the NEA (National Education Association) and of Kappa Delta Pi (honor society in the field of education).  Jared coaches Rock Solid Academy’s Football Club and facilitates their Sports Club.  God has provided Jared with opportunities to teach young children at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference in Harvey Cedars, NJ, a local learning center, and at Evergreen Behavioral Services as a Therapeutic Support Staff worker.  He has also had the privilege of working in ministry as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, and volunteer for VBS.  He also spends time doing street ministry in Camden, New Jersey.  When he is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.  Jared looks forward to helping the students develop a genuine love for God, others, and learning, so that they can develop a strong educational and spiritual foundation for years to come!

Barbara Welch ~ 2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Barbara J. Welch received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and her Master’s Degree from Wilkes University. Before beginning her teaching career, she was employed at Wilkes University as the Associate Dean of Admissions. Prior to teaching at Rock Solid Academy, Welch taught second through eighth grades at the United Hebrew Institute. While at UHI, she wrote and received language arts grants which enabled her to develop ongoing university partnerships for the purpose of enhancing the language arts and social studies curricula. She co-authored an article which was published in the Social Studies Journal: Best PCSS Practices and co-presented at conferences in Denver, Bloomsburg, and Cape May. Welch lives in Dallas with her husband, Dean, and son, Jim. Barbara is the Board Game Club Leader at Rock Solid Academy.

Jessica Ann Hotz ~ K-1st Grade Teacher

Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree from Misericordia University, and is in the process of earning her Masters in Education and Certification as a Reading Specialist. Jessica has taught kindergarten readiness for the past 9 years at Adventures in Learning, a private learning facility in Dallas. While there, she also organized family reading nights and the kindergarten and pre-k summer camps. Jessica has experience teaching Children’s Church, Missionettes, Sunday School, VBS, Crosswalk (an intercity children’s ministry), BGMC, Upward Cheerleading, kids quilting classes, kids craft classes, and tutoring. She has been the director of Kid’s Church at Huntsville Christian Church, and at Back Mountain Harvest, and is currently on the curriculum planning team at BMHA. Jessica resides in Beaumont with her husband Mike, and 2 crazy canines. She has a love of Christ and a love of learning that she hopes to pass on to herstudents. Her goal as a teacher at Rock Solid Academy is to see her students grow both academically and spiritually. She is also excited to share her love of cheering, as she starts our first cheer squad this year!