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WHY CHOOSE ASI?

Fully Accredited online School

ADVANTAGES School International is an Accredited Online School for Grades K-12 that provides education that keeps the individual student at the center of his or her learning. Our program contains embedded scaffolds, instruction and support making our content rigorous, and accessible to all students everywhere, with supported learning at their level of academic readiness. Our course catalog includes comprehensive grade level core courses, honors, advance placement as well as foundation and literacy advantage courses for ESL students and students seeking remediation and/or credit recovery.

Advantages School International is fully accredited and 100% online.

ADVANTAGES School International

Prepare students for success

Advantages School International has been providing quality education to students everywhere for over a decade. Our Students and school partners span the globe and our main offices are located in the USA.

Meet The ASI Team

Accredited Online School for Grades K-12

The teaching staff at ADVANTAGES School International shares in the mission statement of our program. We strive to bring quality education to students everywhere. Our teachers are all highly qualified to teach in their academic area. Most of our staff hold advanced degrees in their discipline and have experience in both online and traditional classroom settings.

 

Sandy Gamba

Head of School / CAO

Jen Tynan

Senior Success Manager

Rebekah Huggins

Senior Success Manager

Carrie Kagan

School Success Manager

Arthur Salas

Student Success Manager

Katie Chinchar

English / Teacher Mentor

Jane Montoya

Elementary / Electives

Melissa Jeffers

Mathematics

Laura Pascal

Social Studies

Mona Vartanian

World Languages

Cate Peterson

Science/Chemistry & Physics

Jeff Wilson

Middle school & Electives

JOIN OUR TEAM

ASI is always looking for dynamic educators with a passion for improving education around the globe. If you feel inspired, please submit your resume and application by clicking on the button on your right.

Getting Started is Simple.

We Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

ASI has a rolling admissions process where we enroll students every Monday. The very first step to start the admissions process is for the student to complete the online application.

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Complete Online Application

On the application, students can upload their current transcript and any pertinent student records (if transferring to ASI).

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Academic Team Reviews Information

Our Academic Team then evaluates and recommends the appropriate courses to the student and determine what can be transferred into ASI for credit towards graduation.

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Register & Begin Courses

Upon registration, student will have immediate access to coursework and an established Learning Plan on their student dashboard.

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Contact ASI

Contact us for information on our programming, school partnerships or for questions about the  student information system, ADVANTAGES – ASSIST Platform.

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Sandy Gamba

Chief Academic Officer / Founder

Sandy is the Head of School and one of the founders and original designers of ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions. She has more than 14 years of experience in post-secondary education with various universities and has held executive level positions. She has served as Dean of Enrollment Management and traveled internationally for top tier universities. She has legislated for equal access for college opportunities and has been instrumental in increasing financial assistance to students domestically. Sandy has served as a multi-term President of the College Admission Counselors Association and served as a board member of the Hispanic Association of Nevada Educators. She is bilingual and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. She launched the first online MBA program for a medium size university in Colorado and grew that program substantially over the course of two years. Sandy’s primary responsibilities focus on expanding ADVANTAGES’ curriculum choices and empowering communication between academic partners and student records management units. Her innovation and passion towards ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions is about making a difference for students by integrating technology into education. Sandy is also the registrar for ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions, LLC online school program – ADVANTAGES School International.

Jen Tynan

Customer Service

Jen Tynan joins ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions as a military spouse of over 20 years with fifteen years of experience in elementary education. Through her family’s numerous moves, Jen juggled the transferring of her own education along with her children’s. Her frequent relocations and personal experiences provide a unique perspective and deep understanding of the nontraditional student and the importance of online learning. Jen has 15 years of classroom experience in teaching grade levels Kindergarten through sixth grade. Her leadership experience includes the implementation and support of multiple military spouse organizations, sitting on the local high school athletic board of trustees as President, and is the Past-President of Marine Aviation Spouses for the greater Washington DC area. Jen brings valuable experience to ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions with her persistence and passion for student advocacy in a non-traditional academic environment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of South Carolina. Her position with ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions gives Jen the opportunity to support fellow nontraditional students with a more personal approach to learning.

Rebekah Huggins

School Success Manager

Rebekah is a School Success Manager ensuring ADVANTAGES school partners have the support and resources to implement the ASSIST Platform and the professional services for effective teaching and learning. Rebekah is a former educator with more than 13 years of teaching and supporting school systems as an English department chairperson, school improvement lead. She has earned her bachelors of education in English Language & Literature and a masters of education in instructional technology.

Carrie Kagan

School Success Manager — International

Carrie has over twenty years of experience in education. She has earned a bachelor of arts in secondary education and a master of science in curriculum development and instructional technology. As a certified teacher, Carrie has enjoyed educating in secondary school classrooms, preparing students for college entrance exams and applications, and exploring online learning as a synchronous and asynchronous instructor. She brings well-rounded experience with both traditional and non traditional learners of all ages. Her leadership experience includes time working with families and staff as a learning center Director of Education. She now supports school partners for ADVANTAGES as a School Success Manager. Carrie is committed to providing the professional resources and responses for ADVANTAGES international schools to thrive as teaching and learning environments with the ASSIST platform.

Arthur Salas

Student Success Manager – Domestic

Arthur Salas is a distinguished Desert Storm Veteran. He brings over 15 years of educational experience with 5 years being as a high school administrator. He has certifications for curriculum development, accreditation, staff training and student achievement certificates.  He holds a current K-12 administrative credential and has been awarded the Q&D teacher of the year award (twice). Arthur loves to spend his free time with his high school sweetheart and their 4 boys camping, fishing, and desert racing. Arthur serves our education partnerships at ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions as a Student Success Manager.

Katie Chinchar

English

Ms. Chinchar joined Advantages School International as a stay at home mom and military spouse. She has two years of experience in secondary education in grades 9-12. Katie was active duty Army for four years, deploying to the Middle East for 12 months. After getting out of the military, she pursued a Master’s in Teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where she calls home. 

Ms. Chinchar moves around all the time which is why ASI is a great fit for her. She is able to meet her students’ needs whenever or wherever she is. Ms. Chinchar also loves that she can stay at home with her toddler and be a teacher. The perfect match! 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Gonzaga University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Washington. Her goal is to help any and all students achieve their goals at their pace. Teaching is her passion and she hopes to make learning a passion of her students.

Contact: kchinchar@advantages-dls.com

Jane Montoya

PE / Health

Jane Montoya is a native of Wisconsin but has lived in California for 30 years and considers both states “home”. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors degree in education. Jane moved to Sacramento to begin her teaching career. Her 24 year career in education has included experience in grades 2 through 5 in both private and public schools. Throughout her career Jane has pursued many professional development opportunities, including earning a reading specialist credential. Reading and promoting literacy are very important to Jane and her greatest reward as a teacher is to see students excited about what they are reading. 

Jane teaches both elementary and secondary students through ASSIST education. She really enjoys making connections with secondary students and helping them as they work through online curriculum. Jane understands that every student in a nontraditional classroom setting has a unique experience, and she is committed to helping those students as they pursue their goals. 

In addition to teaching, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband Joe. Family is very important to them and the activities of their seven Grandchildren keep them busy. When she is not in the classroom, on the computer connecting with students, or in the bleachers cheering on some activity, Jane will probably be snuggled up with a good book.

Contact: jmontoya@advantages-dls.com

Lindsey Congalosi

Science

Lindsey Congalosi grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and later attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  After graduating, Lindsey moved to New York City to begin her career teaching.  She now lives in New York with her husband, six-year-old daughter, and three large dogs.  

Lindsey has a passion for science and is a self-declared ‘proud science nerd’.  She has over 13 years of classroom teaching experience and has taught many different science classes including earth science, biology, forensic science, and psychology.  

Lindsey has experience with non-traditional students as well.  She is a certified Google educator and has created several online high school and college-level courses in addition to developing science curriculum materials for homeschoolers.  

Contact: lcongalosi@advantages-dls.com

Melissa Jeffers

Mathematics

Miss Jeffers grew up in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from Liberty University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: International Business. Her educational experience includes teaching Math and Science for a local Private School and at Club Med International Sports Academy, serving as an Assistant Academic Director. Miss Jeffers holds certification from the State of Florida in Math and certification from the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools in Science. Miss Jeffers loves to travel, having been to over 30 countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Contact: lcongalosi@advantages-dls.com

Laura Pascal

Social Studies Teacher

Since 2008 Laura has been teaching Elementary through Secondary English, Theatre, and Social Studies in private, charter, and public schools in her hometown of Miami, FL. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science, and Classical Antiquities from the University of Miami and her Master’s of Library Science from the Florida State University. Passionate about student-centered education with real world application, she sponsored her schools’ Model UN, Speech and Debate, and Aspen Challenge clubs.

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Mona Vartanian

World Languages

My name is Mona Vartanian. 

Allow me to introduce myself. I have earned two bachelor degrees and received a master’s degree in Education. I have coached disciplines such as Linguistics, Computer Skills, Humanities and Elective courses at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Throughout my experience as an educator in public and private schools, I have noted a trend, in that, each student is unique in his ability to process, understand and retain new concepts. 

I grew up learning three languages and added two others to my skills as an adult. Being a multilingual person, I believe that learning a language opens the door not only to become fluent in the target language but also to understand and embrace other cultures.

In addition, I am a Certified LearningSuccess™ Coach, a Certified Personal Computer Specialist, a Certified Web Designer, a Certified Handwriting Specialist and a Certified Lindamood Bell Reading Program (LIPS).

Contact: mvartanian@advantages-dls.com

Cate Peterson

Science/Chemistry & Physics

Cate Peterson  joins ADVANTAGES Digital Learning Solutions as a full-time educator and an experienced SAT / ACT tutor. Cate Peterson has a decade of previous industrial manufacturing experience and completed research in nanoparticle capacitors. Transitioning her knowledge to become an educator, she skillfully engages her students, considering goals to customize the instruction. Cate receive her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and her master’s degree fro Saint John College. 

Jeff Wilson

Middle school & Electives

Jeff Wilson joined ASI from its onset many years ago. He is dedicated to his students all over the globe. Jeff enjoys the outdoors whether it is fishing at his cabin or hunting in the rice fields for ducks. Reading is another passion of his and what can be better than reading a book while fishing on a peaceful lake or hunting in the woods. 

Jeff has 23 years of experience in the classroom teaching students from grades 3-6. He believes that he is still a kid himself and loves his interactions with students of all ages.

Contact: jwilson@advantages-dls.com

Vanessa Oland

English Teacher

Vanessa Oland is excited to join Advantages School International with a Master’s Degree in Education from Quincy University. She began teaching 10 years ago and has enjoyed every minute of it.

Early on she developed a passion for teaching English and relocated to teach in international schools. She has taught high school English and Writing to students on 3 different continents.

She has earned multiple teaching certifications and a knack for connecting the students to the lesson, so they can enjoy learning. Recently, she trained and mentored over 100 teachers. She believes in a fun and interactive classroom where everyone can thrive. When she is not teaching, you can find her hiking, at the beach, or traveling.

Alex Gustilo

Physics Teacher

Alex Gustilo grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and is currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Vegas, Alex was an avid tennis athlete and that is where he found his passion for teaching. What started as volunteering as a mentor for his tennis program grew into a life-long fascination for teaching others.

He obtained his B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins University. As a student at Hopkins, he worked in a cardiology lab studying how specific mutations affected muscle performance in fruit flies. After graduating in May 2020, Alex worked as a pharmaceutical manufacturing engineer and volunteered for UPchieve, an online tutoring service for under-served high school students. Now, Alex is currently working as an EMT in Boston while he applies to medical school.

During his free time, Alex likes to mountain bike and hike. He’s always looking to explore new trails and enjoy the outdoors.