One of Focus’ best assets is our Leadership Team, which is composed of the Superintenent, Executive Director, and the School Directors. This group of qualified and driven individuals diligently works to provide the best education and opportunities for each Focus student.
Coletta Musick, Ph.D.
Superintendent of the Focus Schools
Coletta Musick has an extensive background in education administration, having served as principal of four elementary schools, assistant superintendent and principal for a local school district, and superintendent of the nation’s first statewide K-12 online school system. Coletta earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and both a Master of Education and Doctorate in Education Administration from Ohio University. She has served on the statewide Ohio Social Studies Model Curriculum Advisory Committee, as a member of Central Ohio SchoolNet Plus Steering Committee, on Compaq Computer Corporation’s National Advisory Committee, selected for the Learn.com Advisory Board, and being inducted into Phi Delta Kappa. As superintendent of Focus and owner and CEO of eSchool Consultants and its subsidiaries, Coletta continues to pioneer the future of virtual education.
Ms. Kathy Williams
Executive Director of the Focus Schools
Mrs. Williams has an extensive background in managing high-risk situations and motivating people to succeed. Ms. Williams attended Walsh University in Ohio where she received a degree in Psychology. With a desire to help others, she served as a caseworker for Children’s Services and as Director of a drug and alcohol center. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections then hired her, where in five years she went from state Parole Officer to Regional Administrator. Wanting to positively impact at risk teenagers, Ms. Williams left to accept a position as Administrator of a Life Skills Center. She later transitioned into the role of Executive Director at Focus, overseeing all three school locations.
Mr. Jason Morton
Director of Focus East
Mr. Morton was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he attended Easthaven Elementary, Johnson Park Middle School and Independence High School. In 2000 he accepted a full scholarship to play football at Bowling Green State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Jason made a decision to move to Tiffin, Ohio where he coached at Heidelberg College while working towards his Masters in Education.
After a brief stint in coaching at Bowling Green State University and Oklahoma State University he returned to Columbus, Ohio where he worked at Focus Learning Academy North as a Vocational Instructor for the Career Based Intervention Program. In 2009 he transitioned into the Student Affairs Coordinator at Focus Learning Academy. While in this position, Jason and his team increased both the retention rate and attendance while at the same time decreasing behavioral issues in the school. Jason transitioned in the winter of 2012 to the Director of Focus Learning Academy East where he has flourished as a leader. He has also continued his coach career in Columbus helping to produce winning sessions at Independence High School, Mifflin High School and Capital University.
In 2012 Jason earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Capella University. Mr. Morton sees his primary role as placing hope, a clear vision and accountability into every young person he comes into contact with. He is excited to work at Focus Learning Academy East, an educational environment that produces young people ready to represent change, leadership and service in the community.
Ms. Tiffany DeLong – Kocher
Director of Focus North High School
Ms. DeLong – Kocher has spent her career working hard to eliminate stereotypes and tap into students’ potential. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in SocialWork from the University of Toledo and her Masters of Science in Education from Capllea University. Ms. DeLong – Kocher’s career includes positions with the Child Development Council of Franklin County and the Life Skills Center. Serving as both a family advocate and family service worker, she helped families educate their children and set academic goals. As Focus’s social worker, she taught students how to get the most out of their education, and her hard work recently earned her a promotion to director of North. Ms. DeLong – Kocher hopes to continue making a difference in students’ lives and sums up her mission in a quote by Plato, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Mr. Kerry Hill
Director Focus Southwest
Mr. Hill has fourteen years of experience in teaching, ten spent teaching special education and another four years teaching history and government. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University and his Special Education and Masters Degree’s from the Ohio State University. Mr. Hill also served six years in the United States Army. He has experience teaching high school and middle school at both public and charter schools, and also taught at the Department of Youth Services. In addition to teaching, Mr. Hill also coached high school football for thirteen years and middle school track for nine years. As a former teacher at the Focus, he was excited to return and step up to the position of Director at the start of the 2008-09 school year.