Administrators

Leverage the Experience of Seasoned Leadership

The Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter Leadership Team is dedicated to empowering our virtual school with ideal learning experiences for all students.

 


Eileen Cannistraci, CEO

Eileen has been an educator in Pennsylvania for 25 years serving as a Teacher, Lead Teacher, Literacy Coach, Principal, and currently CEO of Insight PA Cyber Charter School. She has nine years’ experience working at the School District of Philadelphia and sixteen years in cyber education. Eileen is committed to working to ensure students receive an education that meets their needs and provides student with opportunities to achieve their goals. She is honored to serve as the CEO of Insight PA Cyber Charter School and thrilled to be a part of the inaugural year for Insight PA Cyber Charter School.

 


Shannon McElwain, Executive Director

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Michael Frost, M.Ed.
Director of Educational Data Systems

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Michael has worked in education for over 15 years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as a middle school principal and taught various grade levels and subjects at the elementary and middle grade levels. He holds multiple certifications including K-12 Principal, Elementary K-6, and Middle Levels 7-9 in English, History, and Science subject areas. Michael has a BS in Elementary Education and MS in Science Education from Lebanon Valley College and completed an Educational Leadership certification program through Cabrini College. Prior to joining Insight PA, he worked with schools across the country as Senior Analyst for the Program Effectiveness and Analytics team at K12, Inc. He lives in Chester County with his wife, a 4th grade teacher, and daughter.

 


Nikia Hannon, Academic Director

 


Mr. Beryl Cohen
High School Principal

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Beryl Cohen comes to us from Agora Cyber Charter where he was assistant principal at the middle school. Beryl began his career working in a brick-and-mortar charter high school in Philadelphia. He taught Social Studies for eight years, before becoming an instructional coach and coordinator of professional development. He takes great pleasure in being active in his hone community of northwest Philadelphia, where he mentors youth ages 13-18. Beryl is confident that through collaboration, communication, and fortitude, we will set our school on a path to success.

 


Jessica Wright, Middle School Principal

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Entering her 14th year in education, Mrs. Wright is certified in Elementary and Special Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, as well as her Principal Certification for grades K-12. Mrs. Wright spent the first half of her career as a middle school special education teacher in Pittsburgh Public Schools. She entered cyber education eight years ago as a middle school teacher. For the last several years, she has been in a leadership role focused on student achievement and engagement.

Mrs. Wright is honored to be a part of the ISPA team. She is passionate about serving the students of PA and knows each student can achieve success!

 


Mr. Jay Kamau

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Jay is the Director of Student Support Services and FAST Team Lead at Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School engaging students and families toward a high quality, personalized education. Jay believes that all school children deserve the same instructional options regardless of their academic, socio-economic or residential circumstances. Jay has successfully turned around a number of failing urban public schools while developing sustainable leadership and development programs for students. Jay is a school administrator and professional development coordinator who has been recognized by the Newark and Trenton Public Schools for his achievements. Jay holds has Master’s in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University.

 


Jen Jennings, Director of Special Education Compliance

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Jen is a former special education teacher who received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Lock Haven University in 2003. During her early teaching career, Jen developed a passion for working with students who presented with complex learning and developmental profiles and pursued a graduate degree in School Psychology from Bowie State University of Maryland. She enjoyed five years working as a school psychologist in both brick and mortar and online schools. In 2015, Jen was asked to join a special task force within the PDE Bureau of Special Education to rewrite a service guideline publication that is now an accessible resource for all PA schools. Jen joins Insight PA’s administrative team, and is dedicated to special education operations and compliance. Of the 14 years Mrs. Jennings has worked in the field of Special Education, half of her career has been within the cyber charter school model. Jen is thrilled to welcome new students and families to Insight PA, and very much looks forward to the amazing things we will achieve together as one proud ISPA family!

 


Johanna N. Best, State Reporting and Federal Programs Manager

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Ms. Best hold a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management with a concentration in Event Leadership from Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. For over 10 years, Ms. Best has worked as an administrator supporting schools with data collection, reporting, compliance and grant management. She is an advocate for youth and high quality public education.

 


Ms. Kelly Bausher. Elementary Principal

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Ms. Bausher holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Drexel University. Her Bachelor’s Degree from Millersville University was in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She has worked in education for 23 years. This is her 17th year working in cyber education. Her majority of experience lies in MTSS(Multi-Tiered System of Supports). She believes that EVERY student can be successful and achieve as long as the students are receiving a high quality education. Ms. Bausher enjoys spending time with her three sons, reading, vacationing, and gardening. She is looking forward to serving you and the families and students at Insight PA Cyber School.

 


Ruth Christy. Academic Professional Development Coordinator

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Mrs. Ruth holds a B.S in Education from the University of Alabama and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is excited to join the ISPA team, and she is looking forward to applying her 10 plus years of classroom and technology education along with her experience as a community leader and volunteer to her position within the Academics team and professional development.