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Dedicated Professionals Working to Restore Families

The staff at Lake House Academy brings together education, skill, experience and a love for what they do. Each of these individuals understands the complex family dynamics our girls come from. Our goal is to help your daughter rediscover the confident, resilient and fun-loving person you know and love.

Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Academic Director

Deana attended Beloit College and earned a Bachelor of Science...

Robin Siedman, MA

Academic Team Lead

After completing her bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice...

Carla Silver, BA

Teacher

Carla graduated from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Literature and...

Carey Stewart, M.ED.

Teacher

Carey  attended West Texas A&M and obtained a Bachelor of...

Noel McKelvey

Teacher

Noel is a native of Greensboro, NC but comes to...

Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Position: Academic Director
Email: [email protected]

Deana attended Beloit College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education. She continued at Jacksonville State University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. During her career she has worked both in the classroom as a special educator teacher as well as in the leadership role of an Academic Director.

Deana brings with her a strong background using specific strategies, resources and assessments that cater to the needs of the learners and allow for individualized instruction. It is a process that ensures students are given guidance and flexibility in their learning process, enhancing their academic growth. She also brings well developed leadership skills and strong interpersonal skills that make effective and well-informed decisions in collaboration with both teachers, parents, and students.

Deana enjoys spending time being active outdoors by running, road biking, and mountain biking. She and her husband enjoy attending any type of sporting activity: basketball, track, volleyball, football. She is an avid reader and can often be found on a front porch with a big mug of coffee and good book.

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Tiffany and George Michael

Hobby/Sport/Activity: Basketball, Volleyball, Track

Most Prized Possession: Telephone in my bedroom!

Robin Siedman, MA

Position: Academic Team Lead
Email: [email protected]

After completing her bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s University, Robin joined the Lake House Academy team in the summer of 2013. While working as a Residential Coach, she quickly came to realize that being a part of the growth process for Lake House’s girls and families is her life’s passion. In early 2014 she became a Lead Residential Coach and joined the Program Management team in the Fall of 2015. Robin enjoys creating strong bonds with students, focusing on a “jump in the mud” attitude to role model success. Her favorite activities include celebrating holidays with our students, planning fun activities and playing in local bowling and volleyball leagues.

The student’s favorite fun fact about Robin: she used to work as a clown and can make amazing balloon animals!

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Boyz II Men

Hobby/Activity/Sport: Soccer

Most Prized Possession: My soccer ball

Carla Silver, BA

Position: Teacher

Carla graduated from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Literature and Academic Licensure. She experiences great happiness watching when a student understands a concept and in turn experiences their own joy. When not teaching, Carla enjoys reading, walking her dachshunds, traveling, cooking, baking, crocheting, volunteering in the community, and enjoying time with family.

Carey Stewart, M.ED.

Position: Teacher

Carey  attended West Texas A&M and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus in Agribusiness. During her time at West Texas A&M Carey was awarded by the National Society of Leadership for showing strong leadership and academic potential. She then continued her education through William Woods University and earned her Master’s in Education. She comes with experience teaching in a classroom setting and covering topics of science. During her career she has been a college Instructor teaching Animal and Equine Science. Developing programs and curriculum that fit many different styles of learning. Being passionate about education and youth development is what drove Carey to obtain a higher degree in Education and pursue teaching as a career.

Carey enjoys spending time with her family on their farm. Competing professionally a few times a year in equine events, and trail riding in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains are her favorite things to do. Her husband and two kids also have a love for horses and riding. Hiking to local waterfalls is another favorite past time.

 

Noel McKelvey

Position: Teacher

Noel is a native of Greensboro, NC but comes to Lake House after teaching in New Bern, NC for 5 years. She has taught students from preschool to adult, but her specialty is in History and English with secondary schools students.  Noel is also a visual artist and has sold her paintings everywhere from NC to Australia! She has two daughters with whom she loves to spend her time. She loves animals, the arts, and gardening. In her free time, you will find her reading, hiking or playing with her kitties.

Junior High School Favorites:

Band – Anything R&B/Motown

Hobby/Activity/Sport – archery club, art club, & volleyball

Most Prized Possession – Her yellow hairbrush. She would spend so much time “singing” in front of the mirror. Her hairbrush was her “microphone” and between it and her radio, you couldn’t stop the daily concerts!

 

 

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