Dragonfly Academy, near the World Equestrian Center, is a progressive private school that is designed to provide student athletes with a customized educational support program. The school will accommodate the student’s demanding equestrian training along with their competition schedules. Tailored to the unique needs of the equestrian athlete, we offer full time registration, with a certified program that will fit the student’s needs, one-on-one tutoring, test proctoring, or simple facility usage for independent study.
A Progressive Private School
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A Progressive Approach>
Flexible classroom hours allow students to maintain academic standards while they pursue their equestrian goals. We regularly collaborate with accredited schools and online programs throughout the country and internationally, to accommodate a variety of student needs. Dragonfly Academy takes a progressive approach to the traditional core curriculum subjects including Math, Science, English, History and foreign languages.
The school is also equipped to accommodate international students and ESL learners. Students at Dragonfly Academy also receive enrichment beyond typical classroom study, with frequent field trips and the addition of instruction in essential life skills such as cooking, nutrition, music and relationship building exercises.
Education Tailored To Individual Needs>
Educators at Dragonfly Academy will work with students one on one to help them meet their education goals in a comfortable environment. Each session spent with a student is tailored to their individual needs and Dragonfly Academy teachers are committed to the success of each student.
Each day at Dragonfly Academy, qualified educators focus on guiding small groups of students in developing skills and mastering subject matter. Our learning environment is casual, relaxed, and fun. Along with desks, we offer a cozy environment with comfortable chairs and couches, allowing students to work in the way that they feel most successful. Dragonfly Academy is equipped with countless study areas, a music section, a science zone, a full kitchen, an expansive gymnasium, and even a theatre, providing students with an all-encompassing educational experience.
Dragonfly Academy students are encouraged to pursue fun, and engaging activities outside of the classroom. Extracurricular activities at the school include baking, yoga, tennis, rock climbing, Gaga and other group games. We have a fully equipped gym on site with an outdoor tennis court, zip line and foam pit.
Our students learn social responsibility by involvement in community service and participation in local programs like reading to preschoolers, or celebrating holidays with residents at local nursing homes.
Lunch and nutritious snacks are available for all Dragonfly Academy students. Fees apply.
Dragonfly Academy is equipped to assist students in all areas of educational support, with individualized instruction available in specific subject matter or general homework help.
Test proctoring services are available at Dragonfly Academy. Please contact us in advance to arrange a time for your student.
The Dragonfly Academy’s gated campus is located on the edge of the World Equestrian Center property, less than one mile from the horse show.
Our beautiful barn-style main building features an open concept design containing group and individual learning areas, quiet areas for independent study, high speed Internet, a music room, a science lab, a theatre, a partial greenhouse and a state of the art kitchen with a full time chef.
Our students also enjoy the annex building with an expansive, fully equipped gymnasium and indoor tennis court. The school keeps chickens and students gather eggs for their cooking projects.
Meet Our Staff>
Samantha Schlaegel - Head of School Science Instructor, Coach
Samantha has more than a decade of experience in education, leadership and coaching. At Dragonfly Academy she teaches Science.
Samantha earned her degree in pre-professional Biology from the University of West Florida and a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership from Xavier University. She has coached basketball at schools in Florida and Ohio ranging from Kindergarten through the college level. Samantha looks forward to pursuing her Doctorate in Education to further enhance her knowledge and skills of educational best practices. In addition to fostering academic excellence, Samantha is extremely passionate about promoting the social and emotional growth of her students.
When she is not teaching, Samantha loves to read, be outdoors and travel. She enjoys traveling and camping. Samantha enjoys helping people, spending time with her family and volunteering for various organizations in her community.
Michelle Globe - Language Arts & History Instructor
Michelle studied Integrated Language Arts and English at Ohio University, ultimately earning a degree in Literacy, Culture and Language. She is currently working on her Masters Degree through Indiana University. She also has her TEFL/TESOL Certificate through the International TEFL Academy.
She has taught in Germany and at a conversation school in Osaka, Japan.
An adventurer at heart, Michelle enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. In her spare time, you can find her reading, hiking, playing piano and spending time with friends.
Lindsay Stewart - Mathematics Instructor
Lindsay is a 2019 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wilmington College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education. An 8-semester Dean’s List recipient, she is a three-time recipient of the Virginia Martin Roose Scholarship for Outstanding Educator Performance and was awarded the Ohio Council of Teachers for Mathematics Stand Out Teacher Scholarship. She was inducted in to into the Wilmington College Green Key Society in 2018.
Lindsay enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. She is always eager to learn, attending education conferences and professional development workshops.
Magdalena Maerean - Foreign Language Teacher
Magdalena was born and raised in Sibiu, Romania. She graduated in 2008 from Andrei Saguna National Pedagogic College. Magdalena began her teaching career working as a kindergarten teacher for the “Sibiu Kindergarten Nr.16” in Romania.
In 2009 she moved with her husband to the United States where she began tutoring Spanish, French and Italian. Prior to joining Dragonfly Academy in 2016, she was a Foreign Language Teacher at The Experiential Academy in Wilmington, Ohio.
She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, playing ping-pong and being a cheerleader at her two children’s sporting events.
Bill is retired from Law Enforcement after serving 27 years. He provides security, transportation, facility maintenance, and meal preparation, for the school.
Bill has a Commercial Driver’s License to operate multi passenger vehicles including School Buses.
He works with students and staff to plan healthier meals, daily lunches and makes it a priority to always have fresh fruit available.
Bill likes being around horses and has owned many different breeds. He also enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and scuba diving.
For more information or to discuss whether Dragonfly Academy is right for your student, please contact us by filling out the form below.