Network of Experts
We are fortunate to work with a network of well-recognized experts that are highly involved in supporting our mission, curriculum and student development throughout the year. Our Network of Experts is continuously evolving, and we look forward to expanding this network.
Early Childhood, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and Curriculum
Originally from Ohio, Mrs. Yoakum moved to Virginia Beach with her husband in 2016. The move was initiated by her oldest son and his wife, but by 2017, all three of her children had moved to Virginia Beach, the other two married Virginia Beach natives, and she and her husband now have 2 beautiful grandchildren. Mrs. Yoakum finds joy in being a grandmother and living on the bay. The community of Virginia Beach offers diversity, natural beauty, and down to earth culture she and her husband have grown to love.
Mrs. Yoakum graduated with a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Administration. She is an inspiring leader who thrives on working with diverse teams towards a common goal. Passionate about environments whereby people can accomplish extraordinary outcomes, her knowledge and expertise have been responsible for growing several successful schools and organizations. She thrives when connecting with and channeling the strengths of educators within a high-quality educational space. She is a visionary committed to achieving excellence and seeing others succeed.
Some of her professional achievements include; a Reggio Emilia, Italy Study Tour, Step Up to Quality coordinator, Ohio Early Childhood advisory member, National True Hero award recipient, Regional School Accreditation Team member, and currently serves on the inaugural Commonwealth Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC). Mrs. Yoakum was selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants for a coveted seat. As an ECAC member, she helps shape the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) system for the Commonwealth, an initiative headed by our Virginia Governor.
As a Network of Expert with Baylake Academy, she works with an exceptional team of educators and professionals passionate about providing an extraordinary school where young children lay the foundation for their life-long educational journey. She looks forward to bringing over three decades of experience to Baylake Academy, where she plans to help an outstanding program full of innovation, challenge, and wonder for each child attending.
Dr. Charles Camarda
Engineering, Innovation, Aerospace, and Education
Dr. Charles Camarda retired from NASA in May 2018, after 46 years of continuous service as a research engineer and technical manager at Langley Research Center (LaRC), an Astronaut and Senior Executive (Director of Engineering) at Johnson Space Center (JSC), and as the Senior Advisor for Innovation and Engineering Development at LaRC.
He began his career at LaRC in 1974 where he conducted thermal structures research for hypersonic vehicles for 22 years. He developed innovative passive, semi-passive, and active thermal protection systems including heat-pipe-cooled leading edges, high temperature composite structures, and reusable cryogenic propellant tank concepts.
He was selected as an Astronaut Candidate in 1996 and flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-114, NASA’s Return-to-Flight (RTF) mission immediately following the Columbia disaster. He was responsible for initiating several teams to successfully diagnose the cause of the Columbia tragedy and also developed an on-orbit, wing leading edge repair capability which was flown on his RTF mission and all successive Shuttle missions until the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.
Dr. Camarda is an inventor, author, educator, and internationally recognized invited speaker on subjects related to engineering, engineering design, innovation, safety, organizational behavior, and education. He has over 60 technical publications, holds 9 patents, and over 20 national and international awards including: an IR-100 Award for one of the top 100 technical innovations; the NASA Spaceflight Medal, an Exceptional Service Medal; the American Astronautical Society 2006 Flight Achievement Award, and he was inducted into the Air and Space Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dr. Camarda is the Founder/CEO of the Epic Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation seeking to democratize education for learners at all levels and he is the President of an aerospace engineering and education consultancy, Leading Edge Enterprises LLC.
Jo Anne P. Crouse
CYT, CHHC, AADP
Health & Wellness, Nutrition
Jo Anne. P. Crouse is the founder of Wholistic Harmony, a health and lifestyle coaching practice dedicated to cultivating wellness through nutrition, exercise and transpersonal development. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach with advanced studies in Family Nutrition, the Gut-Brain Connection and Eating Psychology. She also holds a certificate to teach yoga through universal movement yoga studio, a studio she created in 2000. In 2005, a personal health crises challenged Jo Anne to expand her commitment to the concept of holistic healing. Working with an Internist and her own intuition, she developed a treatment program that focuses on food sensitivities, holistic nutrition, and exercise. Her conviction to bridge Eastern and Western philosophies was critical. In 2007, she gave up her yoga studio to take a restorative time out and to deepen her studies with some of the world’s most renowned leaders in holistic medicine and transpersonal development. What began as a journey of self-healing has evolved into a renewed commitment to the education and support of those seeking a drug free path to health and well-being. Her story is one of courage and perseverance often taking the road less traveled in the quest for truth, harmony and wholeness. For more information, please visit: www.wholisticharmony.net
Shari Beasley born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now living in Virginia for the past 34 years has been married to her wonderful husband Brock Beasley for 23 years. They have a daughter who attends George Mason University studying Kinesiology and when she is not studying, she is a certified personal trainer like her mother and works at Anytime Fitness. Shari has volunteered her time coordinating donations of food to fill the holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas for families in need at Baylake United Methodist Church. She also was the Upward Soccer League Director based out of Baylake UMC for 13 years.
Currently she is a fitness specialist for Morale, Wellness and Recreation (MWR) working with the Navy, she organizes exercises for PT Commands and Fitness Enhancement Programs(FEP). She teaches group exercise classes such as Spin, HIIT, Yoga and Step classes. Prior to working at MWR she ran her own fitness training business for 20 years. In addition to running her own business and overseeing the Upward Soccer Program, she also coached girls’ volleyball and basketball at Baylake Pines School and Chesapeake Bay Academy.
As a business owner and fitness specialist she is certified through NASM/AFAA as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Through the Navy she maintains her certifications for Command Fitness Leader Trainer, Mission Nutrition certification and Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Certification (NOFFs).
With her experience as trainer, coach and Navy Fitness Specialist she is very excited to be affiliated with Baylake Academy and looks forward to implementing a safe and active fitness plan for the students.