Mindy Schulz: Superintendent

With more than 20 years of diverse educational experience, from the classroom to leadership to consulting, Mindy serves as Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the West Central Learning Academy.  Additionally, Mindy serves as the Executive Director for the Allen County Educational Service Center.   Prior to these leadership positions, Mindy served as an elementary principal for Shawnee Local Schools, Bluffton Exempted Village Schools, and Celina City Schools.  Mindy’s educational career began in the Lima City Schools as a multi-age teacher for grades 1, 2, 4, and 5.  Throughout her career, she has also served as a graduate level adjunct instructor.

Mindy has been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as a state trainer for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES), and the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES).  Additionally, Mindy is trained in all aspects of student growth measures, including student learning objectives (SLOs).  She has presented numerous times at statewide conferences, and worked with educators across the state to implement various legislative mandates.  

Mindy earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, master’s degree in educational administration from The University of Dayton, and has completed coursework towards at PhD at Bowling Green State University.  Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in statewide associations such as the Ohio Association of Elementary Administrators Association, Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Ohio School Boards Association, and the Ohio Educational Service Center Association.  

Karla Wireman: Treasurer

Karla is a licensed Treasurer with the State of Ohio. Her role as Treasurer is to serve as Financial Officer and Secretary to the West Central Learning Academy Governing Board. Karla graduated from Allen East High School, has two grown children and has been employed with the ESC since 1984.

Lynn Norton: Student Services Coordinator / Student Mentor

Student Services Coordinator, Lynn has been with WCLA since the fall of  2008.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wright State University.  Lynn has also completed coursework towards her MBA at Xavier University.  She graduated from Centerville High School near Dayton, OH.

Lynn’s past work experience is diverse.  She has been a surveyor for a marketing and research firm in Cincinnati, a Customer Service Supervisor and the only female industrial sales rep for a manufacturing company.  In 2000 Lynn left the business field to follow her heart by working with children.  She worked at Holly Hill Children’s Home, a Group Home in Northern Kentucky.  She worked in a MOMH room in Batesville High School and previous to arriving in Lima was a Case Manager for Community Mental Health in their Intensive Youth Services Division in Batesville IN.  Lynn enjoys helping the students at WCLA.

Lynn is married to Doug, a music teacher at WCLA and Lima City Schools.  She is an avid fan of her 2 sons, Caleb and Garret and enjoys watching them play sports (without losing focus on their schoolwork).   Being an “Army Brat”  Lynn moved around a lot which instilled her love of travel and adventure.

Theresa Looser: Curriculum Delivery Specialist / Technology Coordinator / Math Teacher 

Theresa has been in education for over 40 years as a math teacher. She has taught math at Antwerp Local Schools, Delphos St. John's, Delphos City Schools and West Central Learning Academy. She has worked for over ten years as the curriculum delivery specialist for West Central Learning Academy. 

Theresa received a bachelor of science degree  in math education from Defiance College, a master’s degree  in education (classroom technology) from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate  in education with a concentration in instructional design for online learning from Capella University. Theresa has conducted numerous educational workshops and presentations including eTech in Columbus. She also was an adjunct professor for Bowling Green State University in the education department.

Theresa has three children and 9 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, sewing and gardening.

Andrew Blass: Math & Social Studies Tutor & Teacher 

This is Andrew's second full time year as a Math Tutor and 9th grade mentor for WCLA. One thing he feels that is essential to help mold a successful learner is the ability to have individualized help. He has had the opportunity to build strong relationships with the students by working and having face to face or online conversations with them. He feels that keeping students accountable and having them set achievable goals will not just help them with their schooling now but help make them become successful in their future.

Andrew graduated from Elida High School in 2006. In high school he was active in their football and band programs. His favorite subjects were Math and Social Studies. He feels having a great education has pushed him to become the teacher he is today.

He graduated from Ohio University (Go Bobcats) in 2012 with a bachelor degree in MIddle Childhood Education with concentrations in mathematics and social studies. He completed 2 long term substitute positions with Allen County Educational Service Center working with students in their alternative program and ED program. He has now worked at WCLA for over a year and could not be happier to work with such an incredible staff and student body. He looks forward to the years to come.

Robin Sonstegard: Special Education Officer / Language Arts Tutor & Teacher

Robin is a second career teacher.  Her first career was in the telecommunications industry for 20 years.  After taking an early retirement in 2007, she finished her bachelor’s degree in English at The Ohio State University in Mansfield.  From there, Robin enrolled and completed her required education classes and a master’s degree at Kent State University.  Upon receiving those degrees, she moved back home to Lima in 2010 to be with her family and begin a new career.  Most recently, in 2014,  Robin earned a second master’s degree from Wright State University in education as an intervention specialist.

Robin’s teaching experience since 2010 is varied.  She has taught as adjunct faculty at Brown Mackie College in Findlay, Rhodes State College in Lima, and Wright State University in Celina.  As an employee of the Lima City Schools, she has taught GED class for over three years, served as a transitional living tutor, and taught English over three summers.  She has also served as professional tutor at both Rhodes State College in Lima and Wright State University in Celina.

Robin’s goal as an educator is to prepare her students, regardless of age and academic level, for their next step in the world of work.  With her combined experience in the business world and the academic world, she is passionate for all people know how to be effective communicators.  Wherever life takes each of us, we need to be able to express ourselves clearly, as well as understand others clearly, in written and oral communication.

Judy Fischer: Science Teacher

As Judy starts her 44th year in education, she still gets excited about teaching.   She has been blessed to work with outstanding students and staff in those 44 years.

After graduating from Ottoville High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. Years later, while teaching full time, she went on to earn a Master’s degree from University of Dayton.   During those 44 years of teaching, She has only been in 4 school systems – Ottoville, Delphos City, Delphos St. Johns, and now West Central Learning Academy.   She retired from full time teaching out of Delphos St. Johns.   This is now her 8th year at WCLA.  

During her years of teaching she has taught many subjects and enjoyed them all.   She has also taught many grade levels, although she has spent most of her time teaching sophomores.   She loves that age group!! An interesting tidbit, She has taught at least one class in every grade level from pre-school to college.

Judy also has been married to her husband for 43 years.   They have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren.   Judy and her husband love to travel and do so as much as they can.  They love the outdoors.  Judy has been involved in sports all of her life and still does many activities.   As she aged, she has just changed activities.    Judy tries to do volunteer work with her church and community.   Every activity, every trip, every volunteer experience is a chance for learning.
Sharri Miller: Staff Liaison, Health and PE Teacher

Before retiring from the Bath Local School District,   Sharri Miller devoted thirty-nine years of her life to education ---  twenty three years as a Health and Physical Education teacher at both the middle school and high school levels and sixteen years as a high school guidance counselor.  Four years ago, Sharri had the privilege of  joining the West Central Learning Academy staff and currently serves as their on-line Health teacher, Lead Teacher of the elective courses, and as a lab coach.

Sharri earned her bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Findlay College (University of Findlay) and her master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton.  She has also served on the staff of Bluffton College (Bluffton University) as an adjunct instructor in their HPE department.

Sharri is married and has two sons and when not golfing in the summer months, enjoys traveling to Atlanta to see her 5 ½ year old granddaughter.
 Kevin Carr: Family and Civic Engagement Coordinator

Kevin began with WCLA in Nov. 2106 after retiring 30 years with the Allen County Juvenile Court.

Kevin held several positions with the Juvenile Court Including; Detention Officer, Activity Leader, Counselor, Felony Intervention Supervisor, Intervention Specialist and finally as a Probation Officer.

Kevin is a graduate of Lima Senior High school and an alumni of The Ohio State University.

Kevin is married and has four sons and one granddaughter. Kevin is involved in church activities. He also  enjoys watching football and hiking in the outdoors.

 Amy Frueh: EMIS Coordinator


 Lonnie Lehman: Student Mentor

With over 43 years in education Lonnie has been very fortunate to work and share experiences with many outstanding students and colleagues. After graduating locally from Elida High School, Lonnie attended Ohio State University and received my degree in education. Fortunate to find his first job in the Shawnee district  he worked there and attended graduate classes from The University of Dayton where he obtained a masters degree in counseling and administration. As Lonnie moved through his career he became a school counselor, then a Middle School principal, and then back to a counselor.

After retiring from the Bath School system Lonnie worked as a curriculum coordinator with the Allen County Educational Service Center. Through that office he worked in the Perry, Elida, Bath and Delphos schools.

After another retirement he was asked and accepted a position with West Central Learning Academy. This is his third year in that position and he is very fortunate to still be working with outstanding students and colleagues.

Lonnie has been fortunate in his personal life as well, having been married for 46 years with a family of two daughters, a son-in-law and one grandson. Lonnie's wife and he love to travel, enjoy the outdoors and he still has time for fishing and watching sports.