Meet Our Staff
Teachers, provided through a contract with TRECA, are highly qualified and certified in their area of instruction. Teachers have regular office hours when students can contact them for additional help and teachers interact with students on a regular basis via e-mail, phone, and on-line Elluminate sessions and skyping.
Learn more by downloading this High Qualified Teacher Letter.
Rosemary Rooker, Executive Director
Findlay Digital Academy
Rosemary Rooker began working with Findlay City Schools in 1990. Her career in education has included being a Special Education Teacher, Work Study Coordinator, Special Education Supervisor, Principal at Northview Primary School and Jacobs Primary School, and Assistant Principal at Glenwood Middle School. Mrs. Rooker earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at West Virginia University, and her Masters Degree at Bowling Green State University. She received her Principal Certification from Ashland University and Superintendent Certificate from the University of Findlay. Mrs. Rooker lives in Findlay with her husband Ron. They have five grown children and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.
Larry Grove, Principal/Homeless Liaison
Findlay Digital Academy
Mr. Larry Grove is a lifelong resident of Ohio. He taught math at Toledo Whitmer High School for 16 years, served as Assistant Principal at Glenwood Junior High for 3 years, served as Cory-Rawson Middle School Principal for 11 years, taught math at Ohio Northern University for 3 years and is currently serving his 11th year as Coordinator/Principal at FDA. Mr. Grove has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics from BGSU, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from BGSU, and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Toledo. He has been married for more than 44 years and has two sons, one daughter-in-law and a grandson. In his spare time, Mr. Grove rebuilds antique and classic outboard motors, rides classic motorcycles, plays ice hockey, and works part-time at The Cube in Findlay.
Chris Steiner joined FDA in February 2014 after 25 years with various Ohio school agencies, including Findlay City Schools, Bowling Green State University and the Ohio Department of Education. Chris is married, with two children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and performing old-time and bluegrass music and volunteering with two non-profit agencies.
Tammy Boyce graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. She also holds an Educational Technology endorsement from the University of Findlay. Mrs. Boyce has worked in the Ohio educational system for 11 years and the last four years with Findlay Digital Academy as a Data Coordinator.
Susan is a retired teacher from Findlay city schools. She graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Comprehensive Social Studies and has a Master’s from the University of Findlay in Special Education. Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Ebersole graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Marygrove College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching degree. She taught high school English, French, and vocal music for 35 years, one year at Fostoria High School and 34 years at Arcadia High School. She retired in 2005 but mentored other teachers working on their master’s degrees at Marygrove College. She joined the Findlay Digital Academy staff as a data coordinator in 2010.
Special Education Coordinator/Instructional Coach
Lori Faeth joined FDA in 2014-15 after retiring from Findlay City Schools. Lori’s previous experience includes serving as an intervention specialist at both the high school and elementary levels, second grade teacher, fifth grade teacher, and remedial reading teacher. She is delighted to be continuing her service to young people, working specifically with students with special needs, and coordinating services for both IEP students and students with 504 Accommodation Plans. She is married and has two grown daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
Wendy began working for Findlay Digital Academy during the 2011-2012 school year as an instructional coach. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has been married to her husband for 22 years and has three children. When not working, Wendy enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Fox has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Findlay City Schools for most of his career. His degrees are a B.A. from Kent State University, M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University, and coursework from Florida State University and Drake University. Mr. Fox says, “Findlay is my hometown, and being an educator is the greatest job in the world. We help prepare students for the future. At Findlay Digital Academy, I help pupils and assist parents. Our goal is for our students to obtain their high school diplomas and follow their dreams.”
Guidance Counselor/Instructional Coach
Linda Huffman started at FDA in August of 2013 after retiring from Cory-Rawson Schools where she worked for 31 years. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Physical Science and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. Linda enjoys working with young people and helping them to attain their goals.
Michael Janton has worked with students at FDA for the last three years. He is a 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a BS degree in comprehensive social studies education. His career has included seven years in the Upper Arlington City Schools, teaching 7th grade integrated math, science, social studies, and English and 22 years teaching economics, government and history at Findlay High School where he also co-directed 10 musicals. He likes to read, research and write in interest areas: education, western American history, WWII, and the Constitution.
Mr. Lang began working at the Findlay Digital Academy during the 2014-2015 school year. He retired from Findlay City Schools in 2014 after a 30 year career in public education. Most of that time was spent as an eighth grade teacher at Donnell Middle School. He also spent time teaching in Perry County and as an administrator with Vanlue Local Schools and Findlay City Schools.
When not working with students, Mr. Lang likes traveling around the country with his wife and spending time with his two adult children. He also enjoys playing guitar and is a member of his church’s Praise and Worship team. Other hobbies include playing fantasy football, camping, and reading.
Lead Instructional Coach
Kim is the Lead Instructional Coach at Findlay Digital Academy. She graduated from Ohio Northern University with a BA in Education. Kim is married to Tim Opp, and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Kim thoroughly enjoys working with students in the lab and seeing the success they achieve after their hard work and efforts. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and doing DIY projects around the house.
David Vaas is a retired teacher from Findlay City Schools having taught in the 5th and 6th grades for 33 years. He grew up in Ashland Ohio. He is married to his wife, Sharon, and they have a son, Lucas, twin daughters, Anna and Sara, and four grandkids. Dave graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and later earned his Master’s from Ashland University. While at OSU, he was a member of The Ohio State Marching Band. In his free time, he plays his trombone in concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestra pits for area musicals. He also enjoys exercising and riding his bike. He is active at Gateway Church in Findlay and looks forward every summer to vacationing at a family cabin on an isolated lake in northern Maine.
Jane is new to Findlay Digital Academy this year having retired in June 2015 from Findlay City Schools . She was a speech/language pathologist in the public school system for 35 years. She and her husband Eric have three grown children, one grandchild and a brand new puppy ! Besides coaching students at the academy, Jane has recently started a business in her log cabin and is a partner with the Jones Mansion in Findlay. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking and being with her family.
Findlay Digital Academy Coach/Consultant
Sandra White began working with Findlay City Schools in 1995. Her career in education has included being a classroom teacher in North Carolina, Hawaii, and Ohio, and an assistant principal at both Glenwood Middle School and Findlay High School. Mrs. White earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba College (North Carolina), Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Toledo (Ohio). She is licensed in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Library/Media, and as a 7-12 Principal and K-12 Superintendent. Additionally, Mrs. White is a nationally registered Medical Laboratory Medical Technician. Mrs. White has been recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow, Hawaii Teacher of the Year, and the National Secondary Conservation Teacher of the Year.