Meet Our Team


Learning Coach (K-12th)

Becky has served diverse learners in public and therapeutic education settings for the past 20+ years. Her experience in special education has developed a passion for learning, innovation, inclusion, equity, and accessibility. In addition to her special education teacher licensure, Becky has a M.Ed in Education, Ed.S. in Administration, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership. 

Becky is a strong student advocate and committed to transforming education. She loves learning about her students’ interests and passions and incorporating those into lessons. Becky believes that education needs to adapt to meet the unique needs of all students. She is a die-hard Chicago sports fan and enjoys live music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Learning Coach (K-5th)

Kaitlyn Burge has a passion for teaching and helping students become successful learners. She graduated from Washington State University of Vancouver with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2018. She decided to continue her education and work part-time as a substitute teacher. Kaitlyn graduated from Concordia University with her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an Endorsement in Reading Intervention in 2020. Over the past three years, Kaitlyn has been working as a substitute teacher for four different school districts. She has also been working as a tutor to help students grow academically. She really enjoys working with the elementary grades.

Kaitlyn has been married for six years to her husband Josh and they have a baby girl who will be turning one in October 2021. They also have a girl husky named Kenai. Kaitlyn loves to be creative. She has experience designing and implementing her own lesson plans and materials into lessons to reach her students who have different learning styles. She is passionate about teaching because she wants her students to feel cared for, supported, encouraged, and successful.


Learning Coach (Math Tutoring)

Melia brings over 20 years of classroom experience ranging from K-12 alternative education, online learning support, traditional public high school, and 10 years of private tutoring experience. She home-schooled her three children, k-12 grade, in cooperation with a parent partnered alternative education program and helped to establish a 501c3 parent group for the program. In addition to a BA of Mathematics, Melia has a broad range of experience in teaching/tutoring in multiple subject areas in elementary through high school. She was a core player in the launch of her district’s online learning program in 2014.

Melia helped her children unlock the joy of learning and overcome obstacles in learning, like anxiety, dyslexia and ADHD. She has worked with students of all ages who have felt defeated by traditional learning expectations, and helped them find success. She also pursued a degree in Mathematics Education through Western Governors University, an online school. Her experiences as a student, parent, and teacher have helped her develop a strong teaching philosophy:

Every student can succeed with the right tools and support.

Relationships are the key to unlocking student learning potential.

Each student and their needs are unique.


Wellness Coach (K-12th)

Michelle has over 20 years of experience running and teaching wellness programs for students of all ages including exercise, nutrition, SEL, stretching, and much more. Starting from childhood, she has always had a passion for fitness and sports and loves teaching students about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Michelle has a Bachelors in Sociology, studied & lived in London during part of her college years (She loved/loves London!), CPR/First Aid training, Certified Children’s Fitness Specialist and earned an A+ in humor!

Michelle always says the best part of teaching is seeing the smiles on students’ faces, hearing the laughter & witnessing the pride students feel as they learn to make their own healthy choices.


Administrative Assistant

Rachel works mostly behind the scenes here at Strike. She enjoys finding opportunities to make tasks easier and processes more efficient! 

Rachel is currently studying Human Resource Management and is passionate about finding ways to make our team run as smoothly as possible!

Meet Our Founders, Jay & Shahla!

Jay Hockensmith

President, Founder, Director of Operations

Meet Jay. He comes with over 35 years of business ownership and management experience.

Learn more about Jay.

Shahla Lodhie

Vice President, Co-Founder, Director of Enrollment

Meet Shahla. She has been working with technology since 1988 and has a passion for helping people.

Learn more about Shahla.