Ms. Cindy Johnson
Team Member since 2015
Ms. Johnson attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education and a minor in Music. She went on to further her education at Cleveland State University and graduated with a Masters Degree in Education Administration. Cindy taught Special Education for over ten years. She has experience as a Special Education Supervisor and principal with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, Lorain City Schools, Medina Board of Developmental Disabilities and Ravenna County Schools. Ms. Johnson is involved in her community through her vollenteer work at the Council for Exceptional Children, Community Women’s Chorus in Berea, Ohio. She is also a member of her Community Theater and is involved with her church school. Ms. Johnson’s passions include music, sports of all kinds and animals.
MS. Malky Dym
Team Member since 2008
Ms. Dym has a Bachelors in Arts from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree from Ferakauf Graduate School of Psychology and an Associate’s degree in nutrition. Ms. Dym has been working with Virtual Schoolhouse since 2008. Previously, Ms. Dym has worked with Virtual Schoolhouse as the Special Education Coordinator and the Director of Home Instruction Placement. Ms. Dym is an active member of her community and works with at risk youths to try to imbue them with the skills they need to have to be productive citizens. Ms. Dym’s greatest passion is her family and she enjoys spending time with them.
MS. Ray Southard
Dean of Students & PBIS Specialist
Team Member since 2008
The Dean of Students is responsible for managing K-12 student behavior issues and administers the PBIS programs. The position works with all staff on implementation of PBIS, including training and record keeping. The position is responsible for coordination with the SPED department on behavior plans, suspensions and manifestations, etc., as well as oversight of development and administration of behavior policies dealing with discipline and conduct, and communication with students, staff and parents of all policies and procedures with regard to student discipline, conduct, attendance. The position also assists the safety director with regular safety drills, supports and supervises established community agencies and partnership programs, coordinates service learning and peer mentoring/tutoring, assists in the care and management of the building, facilities and supplies, helps develop and follow protocol for student and staff absences, helps ensure supervision as special events, participates in the CSLT and provides additional administration tasks, as needed.
MR. Micheal Anderson
Director of Community Engagement
Team Member since 2010
Mr. Anderson received a BA from Akron University and a Masters degree from Concordia University. He has over 25 years of experience working with youth and families. In addition to his work at Virtual Schoolhouse, Mr. Anderson is an active member of Living Word Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and Prince Hall Masonic Lodge #68. His passions include Football, Golf, Friends, and Family.
Ms. Yocheved Belsky
Chief Administrative Officer
Team Member since 2004
Ms. Belsky was member of the team that laid the groundwork for Virtual Schoolhouse in 2004. She continues to lead the Virtual Schoolhouse team, using her talents in financial management and efficient resource allocation to ensure that Virtual Schoolhouse can offer a host special education alternatives to K-12 students in Ohio. A constant presence, Ms. Belsky frequently interacts with Virtual Schoolhouse students, and continues to work one-on-one with students as a Wilson reading tutor. For over 10 years, Ms. Belsky was a financial advisor to educational institutions, both in the public and private sectors. She possesses in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of government funding, including eligibility requirements for both federal and state funding. This has enabled her to identify new resources for school funding and effective methods of allocation for Virtual Schoolhouse. Ms. Belsky was responsible for allocating Stimulus Recovery funding to create Virtual Schoolhouse’s Abilities Center, the school’s therapy department equipped with top-of-the-line equipment for occupational, physical and speech/language therapies.
Ms. Belsky broadly researches funding availability to find ways to defray existing expenses. She has also identified funding for professional development and stipends for teachers staying late after school. Ms. Belsky takes the lead in setting up proper policies and procedures. She trains employees and ensures full compliance with federal and state regulations. Her endeavors have resulted in reducing overhead expenses, thereby stretching funds to cover more school services.
Ms. Belsky is active in the Gates Foundation Cleveland Education Compact steering committee, advocating for improvements in special education services in Northeast Ohio.
Previously, Ms. Belsky was instrumental in laying the groundwork and creating the blueprints for educational institutions in Miami, Florida and Lakewood, New Jersey, filing RFPs to school districts and making presentations before their Boards of Education. As a financial consultant to both private and community schools, Ms. Belsky has performed gap analysis, reviewed operating costs and implemented methods of streamlining their process.