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Dear Parents & Guardians,

At Marion Preparatory Academy, every scholar is supported on their journey of growing academically, socially, and emotionally by a team of dedicated educators.

We cannot do what we do each day without you, our school family. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful parent community, and your support makes a huge difference! Let us know how you would like to be involved to help make Mation Preparatory Academy even better!

Thank you all for supporting Marion Preparatory Academy. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Marion Prep Admin Team

Amy Piacentino, Principal

Joann Hipsher

Joann Hipsher, Regional Vice President

Joann Hipsher joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 40 years of experience working in K-12 public and special education. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development and strategic planning. She founded Foundation Academy, a public charter school, in 2007. Prior to opening Foundation Academy, Ms. Hipsher was a middle school principal and taught special education for Mansfield City Schools. Ms. Hipsher also worked several semesters teaching Exceptional Children’s courses at The Ohio State University. Ms. Hipsher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University, and Administrative credentials from Ashland University.

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Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.