Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Chip Harper
Mr. Chip Harper serves as the supervisor of online learning and Brandywine Virtual Academy (BVA) principal at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). He has been a dedicated and visionary educator, administrator and supervisor for 20 years, and has been working in the cyber education field since 2004. This is Mr. Harper's sixth year leading BVA's online learning community of students and their families. In his role at BVA, Mr. Harper focuses on student success and learning by working with teachers, staff and district partners to customize the learning program to meet the needs of every student and parent.
Mr. Harper received his bachelor's of elementary education and bible studies from Cairn University and his master's in educational leadership from the University of Scranton.
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Mark Slider
Dr. Mark Slider serves as the supervisor of online learning of BVA at the CCIU. In his role, Dr. Slider blends his extensive experience in traditional, virtual and blended educational settings with innovative and visionary leadership to ensure that students and families succeed. He focuses on curriculum, instruction, professional development, NCAA compliance, career readiness, educational initiatives at the state and federal level and supporting district partner relationships with our suburban districts. Dr. Slider is passionate about building relationships in order to create a family-centered working environment. Dr. Slider’s specialties include educational leadership, cyber education, curriculum design and development, backward design and strategic planning.
In addition to his work at the CCIU, he is also an adjunct professor and dissertation advisor at Gwynedd Mercy University and a dissertation chair at Immaculata University. Recently, Dr. Slider has presented at iNACOL, the Drexel University Symposium on Virtual Learning and has also presented at the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Symposium. Dr. Slider earned his doctorate in educational administration from Immaculata University.
Our Assistant Supervisors
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Kristin Kotler
Kristin Kotler serves as the assistant supervisor of online learning at BVA for the elementary level at the CCIU. Her teaching and leadership experience with diverse populations in grades K-12 across traditional, virtual and community organization settings drives her desire to empower students to reach their potential. She is a student-centered, dynamic and visionary leader in supporting families in all settings, especially online learning. Kristin is passionate about establishing relationships with families and staff as well as curriculum and program development.
Kristin received her bachelor of arts in elementary education and special education from Eastern University and her master's in educational leadership from Wilmington University.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Bryan Narwich
Bryan Narwich serves as the assistant supervisor of online learning at BVA for the secondary level at the CCIU. Mr. Narwich began his teaching career in 2010 at Temple University and continued at West Chester East High School before beginning at Brandywine Virtual Academy in 2014. During his tenure at BVA, he taught chemistry, physics, and earth & space science and served as a building representative for the CCIU Education Association. His wide array of experience working with students at all academic levels in both traditional and online formats has uniquely prepared him to support students, families, educators and communities in his role as an assistant supervisor.
Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in both Geosystems and Earth and Space Science Education from West Chester University, and a Master's in Geology at Temple University. He most recently earned a Master's in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania in 2020.
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Our Operations Manager
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Kevin Ballisty
Hello, and welcome to BVA! My name is Kevin Ballisty and I am the BVA operations manager. As the operations manager, I work closely with the student support liaisons and teaching assistants to help coordinate the best support for our students. Over the past 13 years, I have worked in education, most recently for Delaware County Community College and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
As a former certified teacher in social studies, history and civics, teaching has always been a passion of mine. I will occasionally teach college business classes in the evenings and always welcome and enjoy the opportunity to connect with all students.
BVA and PVA Staff
|Candice Amory||BVA Student Advisor||I have been working at BVA since 2019. Prior to working at BVA, I facilitated mentoring programs and provided students with college and career preparation to assist them with their postgraduate goals. Something I enjoy is supporting students on their academic journeys and seeing them succeed!|
|Dylan Hileman||BVA Registrar||I've been the BVA student registrar since February 2020. Before joining the team at BVA, I worked in higher education as a college admissions officer and then as a registrar. What I most enjoy about working at BVA is how student-focused the entire team is and how much of an emphasis and focus is placed on collaboration in order to support our students.|
|Nadira Presley||BVA Student Support Liason||I joined the CCIU in March of 2014. Since 2016, I have served as a Student Support Liaison, providing support to students, parents and school districts. I help them understand and navigate the virtual classroom, monitor progress and answer any other questions. I also help to provide oversight of the BVA Student Support Team.|
|Kris Singer||BVA Administrative Assistant||I have been with BVA since 2014. Prior to that, I was an administrative assistant for 28 years. I enjoy helping students and families on a daily basis. The best part of working at BVA is seeing how passionate our teachers and staff are and watching them provide excellent instruction for our students and assistance for our districts.|
|Aubrey Stokes||BVA Student Advisor||I've been with the CCIU since April 2018 and came to BVA in September 2018. Prior to working at the CCIU, I was a learning support instructional assistant at Collegium Charter High School and then went on to teach kindergarten enrichment in the Downingtown Area School District. I received my degree in educational studies from Cabrini College, now Cabrini University.|
|Denae El||PVA Student Support Liaison||I have been working at PVA since the fall of 2016. In my most recent position, I have had the pleasure of supervising our student support staff and working with administrators on both the School District of Philadelphia and CCIU side of our programs. In the past, I have had the pleasure of advising students in grades 6-10, while working closely with our district partners to help guide our students to a successful completion of the school year.|
|Dave Humes||PVA Student Support Liason||My work with BVA began in the 2011-12 school year when the program was a fraction of its current size. My current role is to supervise PVA student advisors and collaborate with school district administrators and CCIU leadership on managing the PVA program.|
|Ni'Teesha Sminkey||PVA Student Advisor||I have been working with the CCIU as a student advisor since March of 2017. At that time, my duties included being the first point of contact for parents and students, both in person and virtually. Witnessing the challenges students experienced firsthand and wanting to ensure the students received the services they needed led to an interest in school counseling.|
|Melissa Zahnweh||PVA Student Advisor||I have been with PVA since 2018 and have supported the program in a variety of roles. I am currently the 10th grade advisor, and my students call me "Ms. Z." I love helping students embrace autonomy, time management and self-advocacy—all key pieces of online learning. I am a recent graduate of Temple University with a BA in Organizational Development and a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.|
|Dana Ricci||PVA Student Support Liaison||I began working at PVA in the fall of 2020. Currently, I supervise the PVA student support staff and work with leaders from both the School District of Philadelphia and the CCIU to administrate the K-12 program. I was previously a PVA student advisor, where I worked directly with students, families and district partners to assure students had everything they needed to be successful and engaged online learners.|
|Rose Anderson||PVA Student Advisor||I am a Student Advisor for BVA and PVA. I have worked for the CCIU in various capacities since 2015. I value my own education and enjoy helping students achieve their academic goals. My best advice to students is to never stop asking questions and to remember that everyone in education is here to help! One of my most interesting experiences in life was attending an autopsy—it is something that I will never forget!|
|Shante Plumer||PVA Clerk||I have had the pleasure of being a Clerk at PVA since December 2019. I primarily work at PVA's Ferguson Academic Support Center, dividing my time between student re-engagement efforts, new student orientation preparation and other clerical tasks. Before I began working at PVA, I was an administrative assistant for 3 years. I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, cooking and binge-watching television. I intend to give great service and support to the students and staff at PVA.|
|Laura Bellitta||BVA Student Advisor||I have been with BVA since last year when began as a Personal Finance Substitute Teacher. In August of 2021, I started as a PVA Student Advisor, and now with BVA. Prior to working at the CCIU, I was a para-educator at Tredyffrin-Easttown School district for 6 years. Throughout that time, I was a substitute teacher with an Emergency Substitute Permit. I love working at BVA because there is no better spot to change the lives of my students!|
|Abigail Cellars||BVA Student Advisor||This year will complete my 6th school year at the CCIU and my 2nd at BVA. Prior to joining BVA, I was part of CCIU’s Discover Program, where I proudly helped students with their vocational endeavors. There are so many favorite parts of my job, I can hardly pick just one! Perhaps the most meaningful aspect is the ability to support our parents/guardians, just as I do my students.|
|Turquoise Austin||PVA Clerk||I began working as a clerk for PVA in March of 2022. I have enjoyed learning my role as well as the different tasks, duties and activities that support the school. I have a certificate in human services from Temple University, as well as more than 13 years of client-service experience. I have a heart for helping people find resolutions in the obstacles and challenges they may face. I love working with people and I'm excited to continue this journey through PVA.|