Kay Spatafore is the Programming Director for Open Doors Academy. She joined ODA in 2012 as a partner for summer camp and loved the organization so much she came on board to open the E Prep Cliffs campus, served as the Middle school Curriculum Manager, and most recently served in the title of Associate Director of Curriculum. In that last role, Kay develops curriculum for Middle school scholars, High school scholars, and Parent Seminars. Additionally, she works with staff and community partners to provide Summer Camp opportunities for ODA youth.
Kay is an experienced educator who served as the Director of Fine Arts at a large high school in Southern CA. She also directed and produced school and cultural programming, acted as a liaison for the Arts for the community, and participated in the development of state Arts curriculum for California. One of the highlights for her as Director of Fine Arts was the opening of the first on-site student art gallery in California, which served as a model for other programs. Kay developed a mentor teacher program in her school district that worked with struggling teachers to develop classroom skills. She also pioneered a study skills program for ninth graders, which followed them throughout high school preparing them for success in college, as well as a transitional ninth grade classroom program for students struggling with the transition between junior high school and high school, designed to foster self-esteem and success in high school.
Kay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a degree in Educational Administration and Counseling, and a teaching certificate in English and Business. She has had the distinction of being voted Open Doors Academy Staff person of the Year, and Creative Teacher of the Year. Kay has traveled extensively throughout the world. She is a member of Delta Sigma Pi and serves as a Guardian Ad Liteum in the Lorain County courts representing the voice of children involved in litigation.
Kay believes in promoting lifelong learning and that making connections for scholars builds strong foundations for future choices and achievements.