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7 Emily Paulsen

By Emily Paulsen

7 Emily Paulsen

Emily Paulsen is the Director of First Impressions for Fusion Global Academy. She helps assist the team with any and all administrative duties as well as serving as the main point of contact for our virtual campus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Cal State University Fullerton. Emily has joined the Fusion team from our sister school Futures Academy, where she was the Campus Operations Coordinator.

Outside of work, Emily loves to travel. She has visited over 15 countries and can’t wait to expand that list in the future. When Emily isn’t out traveling, you can find her with her dog, Maisie. Some other things that Emily likes to do outside of work is baking and sewing on her machine!

 

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1 Carr, Darby

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1 Carr, Darby

Darby is the President of Fusion Global Academy. Darby brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the education and technology-based learning industries to her role. She is a facilitator and builder of world-class programs that serve students. Darby is an education entrepreneur who has been inspired by the power of technology and how it can be utilized to bring a highly personalized educational experience to students that helps them to discover and achieve their goals.

Darby began her career in education as Chief Administrative Officer and School Principal for a charter school in Philadelphia. An outspoken advocate for high-quality education and choice, she was a founding Board Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools. Darby then worked at K12, Inc. for ten years in various roles launching and operating online schools, implementing quality program standards and accreditation, and leading curriculum development for the high school product offering. As the business owner of the private school’s division at K12, Inc. Darby led the development and implementation of a multi-tiered online offering to meet the individual needs of students.

Darby has served on several boards, including Apple Montessori Schools, and is a coach and volunteer in her hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She and her husband Phil enjoy spending time with family and friends and watching their four children grow to new heights. Darby is their biggest fan and is always cheering from the bleachers at basketball and volleyball games. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, gardener, and is working on learning to knit. Darby is happiest when her toes are in the sand.

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5 Gaio, Tommy John

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5 Gaio, Tommy John

As the Director of Virtual Technology at Fusion Global Academy, Tommy works to research and implement new technologies that are applicable to our educational business model along with continuous support of our current technologies. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2003 at the number one undergraduate program for engineering in the country, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Tommy started with Fusion Academy back in 2013 at the Los Angeles campus. You can contact Tommy with any technology-related questions. If he doesn’t know the answer, he will direct you to someone that does. He has become known as the go-to for all things Zoom. You might have seen Tommy on TV if you enjoy “Million Dollar Listing” or daytime talk show “The Real.” If you’re lucky, he’ll send you the links!

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3 Ballard, Samantha

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3 Ballard, Samantha

Samantha Ballard is Director of Admissions and Outreach for Fusion Global Academy. In her role, Sam leads a team and focuses on connecting and collaborating with families and students as they explore their educational options to find the right fit! She has a diverse career background that includes leadership and coaching positions in college admissions, healthcare, education, and fashion. These skills, along with her experience advocating for her own children in school, ignited her passion for being a game-changer in education. Sam has seen firsthand that when a teacher and a student focus on strengths, absolute magic can happen!

In her non-work life, Sam’s spends time: with her husband, kiddos, black lab, chipin, and two guinea pigs, cheering on her boys in their respective pursuits, reading at least one great book a week, doing yoga, dreaming about riding horses, and owning a llama, watching movies, hanging at or thinking about the beach, paddle-boarding and supporting the NY Giants!

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6 Farrell, Erin

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6 Farrell, Erin

Erin Farrell is the Director of Student Development for Fusion Global Academy. She began at the Fusion campus in Princeton, first as the Director of First Impressions and then as the Director of Student Development. Most recently, she worked as the DSD at the Cherry Hill Fusion campus. Erin earned her B.A. in French and Art History from La Salle University in Philadelphia. At La Salle, Erin discovered a passion for art history and went on to earn her M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. She then returned to Philadelphia and taught art history at La Salle University and Chestnut Hill College.

Erin is passionate about art museums and writes about museum exhibits for peer-review journals and the online art community. She also believes in the importance of creativity in education and is thrilled to be a part of the Fusion mission for one-to-one education. Outside of school, Erin spends a lot of time with her husband, daughter, and puppies, slowly renovating their home. She also designs greeting cards and invitations in her spare time.

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4 Talkington, Justin

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4 Talkington, Justin

Justin Talkington is the Director of Global Community of Fusion Global Academy and iEducation. He is a New York City-based Education Administrator, Artist, Teacher, and Mentor committed to relationship-centered learning, joy generating community building, social/emotional wellness, and energetic academic improvement.

A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Justin has toured nationally with five-time Grammy-nominated singer, pianist, and music revivalist Michael Feinstein. Justin is also a voice and acting Mentor at Spot-On Arts Academy, resident vocal artist for Spot-On Entertainment, and performs with symphonies across the country.

Justin began his Fusion Academy journey on the Park Avenue campus in 2015. Originally joining the Park Avenue admin team as a part-time Scheduling Assistant, Justin has since served as a teacher/mentor in Physical Education and Performing Arts, Community Minds Lead, Wellness Lead, East Coast Learning and Development training coach, Interim Director of Student Development, Interim Assistant Director, and Electives Department Head. Justin is currently joyously serving as the Director of Global Community for iEducation and Fusion Global Academy and maintaining his National title in both Physical Education and Performing Arts for Fusions across the country.

When he is not teaching or spreading some Fusion sunshine, Justin can be found writing or sketching in a nearby coffee shop, training for a fitness competition, escaping the craziness of the city and exploring in nature, spending time with friends and family, or most likely singing and dancing down the sidewalk.

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7 Rusie, Cassandra

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7 Rusie, Cassandra

Cassandra is the Assistant Director of Fusion Global Academy. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and History, Eastern Michigan University with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and the University of Pennsylvania with a graduate certificate in virtual online teaching.

As a teacher, Cassandra taught English courses at middle and high schools throughout Metro Detroit, Michigan. She piloted a blending learning program for at-risk students in the alternative setting before starting her career in fully-online education at a public online charter school serving students across the state of Michigan. There, Cassandra served many roles, including English teacher, English Content Coach, and High School Assistant Principal.

When she’s not at work, Cassandra enjoys volunteering at schools, churches, and with civic organizations in her community. She can often be found participating in various events and documenting them in photos.

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2 Snyder, Tiffany

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2 Snyder, Tiffany

Tiffany is the Director of Virtual Learning for Fusion Education Group. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in Secondary Education and German and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.

Tiffany has been a part of secondary education for over 25 years, with the last 13 years of her career in multiple virtual education areas such as teaching, course development, and leadership. She loves being an educator in the virtual world and is proud to be a part of launching Fusion’s newest revolutionary school, Fusion Global Academy. The heart of her work is driven by walking alongside kids who often face tough odds to rise and thrive through personalized support and perseverance. Fusion Global Academy is the perfect place to make that happen.

Tiffany and her husband, Peter, are the proud parents of Grace, a sophomore college student, and Marc, a senior in high school. In her free time, you can find her cheering on Marc at the soccer pitch, serving as Grace’s photography assistant, or walking the trails with her family and pup, Lucy. Tiffany and her family enjoy traveling and exploring our country’s glorious national parks.

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