Dr. Stephen V. Hoyt, Head of School

Stephen V. Hoyt has more than 25 years’ experience in education, as a secondary school and university teacher and professor and as a school administrator. He has served as curriculum director for a large rural district and as a K-8 and 9-12 principal. He has a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook and speaks fluent German; he is proficient in French, Spanish and Russian. His experience includes program and curriculum design and teaching in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia and schools and universities in the U.S.

For the past 12 years, he has worked as the primary language consultant and lead teacher in an intensive English language program for scientists he designed for CRDF Global, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Northern Virginia. The program was financed by the MacArthur Foundation and supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. He developed assessment vehicles, a ‘Presentation Skills’ and a special academic writing class for the program. He also hired and supervised English and science teachers.

Dr. Hoyt has written grants that include integrating technology into the curriculum and using community assets to improve student learning. He has also developed a special literacy program called Constructivist Process Literacy that has been implemented in schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he has written more than 60 articles and made presentations at local, national and international conferences on cognition, curriculum, technology, language pedagogy and literacy.

He was co-director of the Secondary English Program at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where he taught future English and TESOL students and advised students in their Master’s theses in TESOL. He has permanent certification in New York as a principal and superintendent and a teacher of English, German and social studies; in addition, he has taught ESL in the New York City Public Schools.

His international background includes eight years residence in Germany and two years in Moscow, Russia. He has traveled to more than 30 countries. He regularly exercises and holds a third degree black belt in traditional taekwondo. He has coached basketball, track and field and strength training for athletes.

He regularly enjoys writing and reading literature of different countries.


Ernest W. Lehmann, Operations

“Education is at a tipping point. Making sense and finding the needle of truth and discernment will require a highly ethical, informed, and wise student willing to learn for a lifetime. I look forward to a quality future for education that has yet to be imagined.”

As Chief Operating Officer, Ernest Lehmann is responsible for the technology, operations, acquisitions, marketing and public relations at Obridge Academy.

Mr. Lehmann has long served in technology and management roles for staffing, healthcare and higher education. His expertise is applying technology to tough business problems, building winning teams, creating software and technology solutions to grow and fuel business innovation. He was recently named among the most social CIOs and participates actively in the ongoing public forum related to changes in healthcare and education.

He has previously served as Chief Information Officer for Bryant & Stratton College, Information Officer for Noyes Health, and Blue Heron Consulting. His international experience includes technology management leadership positions with Kelly Services and Fluor Corporation.


Candice Sanchez, Manager of Student Services

“The thing I like best about what I do is the relationship building.”

Ms. Sanchez meets with and helps each family understand online education, helps each student grow in his or her abilities, and watches their progress as they learn.

She works with our students and parents to assist with registration, admissions, course planning, orientation, and student progress. In addition, she manages our academic coaching staff to provide a link between the parents and the teachers. They partner with our certified teachers to provide dedicated non-academic support to deliver the highest quality education to our students to ensure that every student reaches his or her full academic and social potential.


Laura Levarity, Admissions

Laura Levarity is an admissions advisor, helping our students and parents understand what we offer and enroll in our school.

Mrs. Levarity has more than 10 years of experience working in customer service, online businesses and office management. Her training and experience includes after hours and emergency phone services, as well social media monitoring and management. She has lived in West Palm Beach with her family for more than a decade, and is very active in the South Florida area.



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