Meet Our Founders, Jay & Shahla!

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Jay Hockensmith

CEO, President, Founder

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

Learn more about Jay.

Shahla Lodhie

Vice President, Co-Founder

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

Learn more about Shahla.

Rachel

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! 

India

Social Media Management

India has over 6 years of experience in social media management and marketing and is working hard to build and manage the online presence of Strike Services.

She is currently majoring in Entrepreneurship and is passionate about music and traveling the world!

Our Strike School Team

Danielle

Strike School Learning Coach (K-12th)

Danielle is a dedicated and passionate educator who has been serving students for over 10 years. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and also her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She furthered her education by completing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught Kindergarten for 3 years and then made a jump to working with 9th-12th grades. No matter the age, Danielle loves connecting with all students and helping them find their passions and interests.

When Danielle is not teaching, she is usually utilizing her Holistic Health Practitioner Licenses to help others find physical and emotional imbalances in the body to help them achieve their optimal health. She has a large passion for health and wellness, working out, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dianetta

Strike School Learning Coach (2nd-10th)

Dianetta is a passionate educator who loves connecting and building positive relationships with students of all ages.  Dianetta completed undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and General Science and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  

Dianetta began her teaching career as a high school physical science, biology, and chemistry teacher.  After many successful years as a classroom teacher, Dianetta began her journey as an elementary and middle school administrator, serving as a principal for eight years.

Dianetta loves spending time with family and friends, serving others, and visiting one of her favorite cities in her home state- New Orleans! 

Elyse

Strike School Learning Coach (K-8th)

Elyse Clark has a passion for personalized learning and helping ALL students surpass their goals. Elyse is beginning her 13th year as an educator. During this time she has served students of all levels and others who possess unique exceptionalities. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Coastal Carolina University and a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. On top of this, she also holds endorsements in Reading, ESOL, and Gifted Education. Elyse believes that every child will be successful if they are supported in the right way. As a result, she strives to be innovative and personalize her support to best meet the needs of each child and family. She has experience designing and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of all learning styles and ability levels. She believes learning should be fun and has also developed many project-based learning projects/ hands-on activities. Students must make connections between what they are learning and their everyday life and she prides herself on making this possible for those she supports. She is passionate about helping others find a love for learning and believes that this starts with developing relationships with each child and their family. Once the child knows that he/she is safe, respected, and supported the possibilities are limitless. 

Elyse has a husband and three boys at home. When she is not teaching, she is spending her time making memories with them. Her children have helped her see education from many new angles and have opened her eyes to many new and exciting ways to get others interested in learning or attempting tasks that appear difficult at first.

Greg

Strike School Learning Coach (K-12th)

Greg Mauro is a passionate educator who strives to help students discover their spark.  He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a Human Services Certificate in 1996.  He then went on to earn his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University in 1998.  Greg has worked with children and teens for over twenty years as a classroom teacher, independent studies teacher, and youth ministry director, and homeschooled two of his own children for a time.   

Greg lives in Central California with his wife and two stepdaughters.  When he is not teaching, he is involved in Toastmasters International and serves in various leadership positions.  He also is a life-long professional wrestling fan and enjoys any opportunity he has to be at the ocean. 

Jessica

Strike School Learning Coach (4th-12th)

Based in San Antonio, TX, Ms. Prado is best known for her love of family and teaching science. Ms. Prado earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and went on to get a Master’s of Art degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been teaching students from the elementary grade level to the university level for the past 15 years. While she loves teaching all students; however, middle school students have a super special place in her heart. Ms. Prado believes that ALL students can learn. She has worked with a variety of students from science lovers to GT students to English Language Learners and everyone in between. Therefore, Ms. Prado’s teaching style is very eclectic. She has created student-centered lessons and practiced teaching methods utilizing kinesthetics, project based learning as well as practical application assessments. 

When she isn’t busy learning about or teaching science, you can find her spending time with family, watching movies or reading. Ms. Prado has a daughter in college and a fur baby named Marcus. The three of them travel when they can and enjoy relaxing at home whenever possible.

Kaitlyn

Strike School 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.

Paige

Strike School Learning Coach (8th-12th)

Paige has been teaching middle and high school mathematics since 1997. Paige earned her BS in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida in 1996 and holds a Florida-certified educator’s certification in grades 6 through 12. She spent the first half of her teaching career working in public and private secondary schools local to her hometown of Brandon, Florida. Paige began the online portion of her teaching career in 2013 when she and her son left the local private school and began their homeschooling journey.

Paige has spent the last ten years both tutoring and teaching high school math online. She has a love for the high school level math courses that allow her to explain the curriculum in an easy-to-understand and engaging manner. Paige believes that any family can homeschool all the way through high school regardless of their circumstances and she has been blessed to be a part of that journey for many of the homeschooling families in her area.

When she is not teaching online, Paige and her husband enjoy traveling around our beautiful country. She also enjoys going to see movies with her son, reading, and coffee dates with friends.

Our Strike Streamlining Team

Amy

Streamlining Specialist

Over the course of her career, Amy has worked in the private and public sectors, for a Fortune 500 company, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Amy holds a BBA in Finance, MBA in Business Management, and teaching certifications in business and distributive education, cooperative work programs, and educational leadership. Amy’s passion for technology has led her to obtain various Google certifications as a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. Additionally, Amy has served as an educator for over twenty years, teaching high school students, teachers, and adult learners in business, technology, and other areas of professional development.

Dawn

Dawn

Streamlining Specialist

Dawn started her career in education as a  homeschool parent, partnering with River HomeLink to educate her three children. She then became a paraeducator for the same program teaching math to third through seventh grade and chess to kindergarten through twelfth-grade students.

In 2014-2015, Dawn was asked to help start an online program for the school district. Dawn is currently the Enrollment Specialist for the district’s online program. Dawn is Google certified and has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree.

Mindi

Streamlining Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Our Strike Web Services Team

John

Strike Web Services Specialist

John’s passion for content creation began in high school when he became the webmaster for the school district. He continued to work on various website projects through college while taking classes in graphics design and computer science to enhance his other skills. After college, John went to work in various industries and was always able to apply his content creator background for continued success throughout these industries. In John’s most recent position, he was responsible for the branding and marketing of a small business that grew from $2 million to $12 million in revenue in 2 years. 

Outside of work, John loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra, daughter Francesca, and dogs Roxy and Luca. He also enjoys short trips to other states, taking long walks, and a great donut.

Kristopher

Strike Web Services Specialist

Kristopher is one of our go-to website developers. His attention to detail and work ethic make him stand apart from others. He constantly pushes to expand his horizons and has a burning desire to make every new website better than the last.

He believes every website needs a logical approach to its design. Attention to the user experience of the website and its conversion rate optimization, make a huge difference in traffic and conversion to your product’s / service’s call to action.

He is a strong communicator and believes that relaying information to clients in an articulate and digestible manner is how great things get done.