Teachers & Staff

James Madison High School Faculty

A unique feature of the JMHS learning experience is the personalized support each student receives from our dedicated James Madison High School faculty. Our staff consists of professional educational administrators who are experienced in online education, as well as a dedicated team of certified teachers and academic advisors who take responsibility for assuring each student's academic success.

The impressive credentials of our dedicated teachers and staff are comparable to those of the best high school educators in accredited schools across the nation.

Academic Assistance at its Best

If you need academic support during your studies, you may contact our helpful teachers via email and our academic advisors via student portal ticketing or by phone. They will answer your questions and ensure you fully grasp your lessons, performing their roles with the utmost integrity and respect for the individual learning styles of students.

Administrative Staff

William J. Kakish, Principal

William J. Kakish, Principal

Dr. Bill Kakish has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a Master's degree in Management Information Systems and Quantitative Methods from Northwestern University and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. Over the course of his career, he has worked for both regionally and nationally accredited private institutions and publicly traded educational corporations. He has experience working with residential and online programs at both the certificate and degree levels, accredited by five national and three regional accrediting agencies. He has served as an evaluator and chair on more than 60 accreditation visits, both nationally and internationally for ACICS.

Megan Bowen

Megan Bowen, Assistant Principal

Megan Bowen is the Assistant Principal for James Madison High School. She earned a dual bachelor's degree in English literature and secondary English education with reading endorsement from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She taught in both public and private school classrooms and alternative education programs before joining JMHS in 2002. She believes in diverse educational programs and experiences to assist each student in successfully completing high school and achieving his/her academic goals. Megan is currently pursuing her MEd in Administrative Leadership from Capella University.

John Riser, M.S., Senior Director of Education Operations

John Riser, M.S., Senior Director of Education Operations

John has a master's degree in production and operations from Georgia State University and earned his bachelor of science in management from Clemson University. John was awarded the Carl A. Bramlette, Jr. Scholastic Achievement Award for outstanding Academic Achievement in 2006. He manages the administration and development of all programs of study.

Eric Ryall, Registrar

Eric Ryall, Registrar

Eric earned a bachelor's degree from West Georgia University in 2004 and has been with James Madison High School since then. He looks forward to continuing to help students enroll in the programs of study or individual courses they need to achieve their goals.

Melissa Maddox, Business Services Manager

Melissa Maddox, Director of Student Services / B2B Division

Melissa oversees the daily functions of our Student Services Division as well as our Corporate and Military Service Team. Her goal is to ensure that we are doing all that we can to uphold our mission and empower students to achieve their aspirations through flexible, convenient, affordable, and highly relevant educational programs.