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Kelie Fuller, Principal

Why did you choose education as a profession?

I love learning. I would love to be a college student forever because I truly thirst for knowledge. I want students to have that same desire to constantly learn about topics of interest to them.

What are some of your major professional accomplishments?

I designed and oversaw an early reading intervention program. I also worked in partnership with Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office to provide professional development for educators.

What motivates you every day?

Seeing students succeed is my motivation to come to work each day. I know these children will be the next generation of leaders and productive citizens.

What is the one thing you’d wish for every child?

My wish for every child is to always have the desire to be curious and actively learning.  

Favorite Quote:

“Celebrate the small wins” - unknown

Did you know…

•    Ms. Fuller does not like chocolate.
•    Her favorite moral focus virtue is integrity.
•    She enjoys jazz and classical music.

Principal Fuller’s Favorite Things

•    Sport: Football
•    Meal: Chicken pot pie
•    Season: Spring
•    Color: Blue
•    Dessert: Cake
•    Animal: Dog


Bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University
Master of Arts in curriculum and instructional design from the University of Phoenix
Administrator certificate from Grand Valley State University

Vanessa Titus, K–2 Dean


  • Eastern Michigan University: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math, Science and Early Childhood Education
  • Madonna University: Master of Arts in Literacy Education and the Reading Specialist endorsement.
  • Grand Valley State University: Administrator’s Certificate 

Previous experience

I taught kindergarten for one year before teaching first grade at Canton Charter Academy. I taught first grade at CCA for 5 years before becoming the 3–5 Dean for South Canton Scholars Charter Academy and now I am the K–2 Dean for CCA. 

What do you like most about working here?

The thing I like best about working for Canton Charter Academy is the family community that exists between teachers, staff, parents, and students. By having such a strong community at our school, we are able to challenge each child to achieve and reach their potential. We all share the same goal and work together to achieve it.


I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a dog named Mia. I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, traveling, spending time with my family, and I am a huge Disney fan.

Sandra Nugent-Hlady, Dean of Middle School


  • Saginaw Valley State University: Bachelor of Arts
  • Grand Valley State University​: Masters in Educational Leadership (in progress)

Previous experience

I spent over 25 years in the classroom as a teacher and loved every minute of it. I have worked with students in K–9th grade. 

What do you like most about working here? 

I love working at CCA because of the staff, families, and what CCA stands for: Challenging every child to achieve.


I am married with 2 children, Jennie, who is attending GVSU, and Scott, who is a senior in high school this year. Some of my passions are hockey, Arizona and reading a good mystery.

Keena Goolsby, Dean of Upper Elementary


  • Concordia University St. Paul, Minnesota: Bachelors K-8 Education
  • University of Phoenix: Masters Curriculum & Instruction
  • Central Michigan University: Educational Specialist/Central Office K-12 Administration

Previous education experience and number of years in the field:

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than seventeen years with a specific concentration in curriculum and instruction. I have taught many grades in elementary, middle school and most recently, gained administrative experience shaped by nine years of successful leadership as an instructional coach and three years as district instructional supervisor.

Why did you choose education as a career?

I began my career as a pre-med student with a major in Chemistry and minor in math. As a middle school math teacher for many years I transcended into an interim principal at a K-8 school for three years. The love for children, learning, and teaching and being a humble servant to others is a clear tangible gift, joy, and reward I continue to treasure in the field of education.


I am a wife and mother of three children. I enjoy visiting extended family in Florida, long walks with my husband, bike riding, and especially consuming delicious nutritionist foods. I take pleasure in spending time with family as this keeps me young at heart and inspirational to continue learning and challenging myself personally.
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