In her previous positions, Bird has worked for three of the most prominent athletic departments in the country, including Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Illinois. Her credentials consist of a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and General Science as well as Education and a Master of Art in Physical Education from Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, WV. She also holds records at the university as the third leading scorer in history for Women’s Basketball, was awarded Teacher of the Year from Bath County High School in Virginia, and was also awarded the 2008 Star Award for Outstanding Science Teacher in Las Vegas, NV. Bird earned certificates for Physical Education for grades 5-12 and Biology and General Science in grades 9-12.
Allison Anargyros, a Michigan native, is the Director of Academics at the TPH Center of Excellence in Detroit. Anargyros has a deep background in athletics in education. Anargyros graduated with a BS in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and a Masters degree in Higher Education from the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, she served as a Graduate Assistant at Louisville in the Athletic Department where she gained experience as an Academic Adviser for student-athletes.
During college, she taught technology classes as a parent engagement coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools. She also worked in the athletic departments while at the University of Louisville and then at Indiana University.
Hernández-Acosta has credentials that consist of a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with Concentration in Business Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was also a member of the Women’s Soccer team. Additionally, she has a Master of Science in Educational Media and a Doctorate in Education with a Dual Concentration in Instructional Technology & Distance Education and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Miami, Florida.
In 2012, she was a recipient of the Francisco Walker “Teacher of the Year” award at Shenandoah Elementary School and committed her time as a Team Manager for the Miami Toros Ice Hockey 8U and 10U teams. Hernández-Acosta is bilingual in both Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of French.
Jennifer Marchand is the Director of Academics for the TPH Grand Rapids division. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Secondary Education from Ferris State University. At FSU, she majored in English and minored in Biology. Prior to joining TPH, Jennifer taught at Lowell High School in Lowell, Michigan. Jennifer has a longstanding background in athletics as she has served as a varsity cheerleading coach for over a decade with experience at Reed City High School and Goodrich High School.
Kassie Whitaker is the Head of Academics for the TPH Center of Excellence in Huntsville. Whitaker graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of West Alabama. She specializes in instructing elementary and middle school level students.
Before TPH, Hammerschmidt worked as an Admissions Manager for Rasmussen University, where she collaborated with leaders on strategies for recruiting students and coached new hires on recruitment strategies and professionalism. Hammerschmidt has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Cloud State University with a Business Management Minor.
Hammerschmidt brings with her an immense amount of experience in guidance and professional development within the academic world. Additionally, she is currently in school to receive her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management at Rasmussen University.
Jennifer Cubides was born and raised in Miami, FL. She attended Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary education and Masters’s degree as a Reading Specialist. Cubides has worked in multiple school settings with children of diverse backgrounds and needs, both in traditional and non-traditional learning environments. Cubides comes to TPH following her work at Edmentum as a teacher in the Elementary Department. As a bilingual individual, she believes education is a powerful tool that can innately prepare and enable students to grow intellectually as well as emotionally and socially.