Meet our Staff
Jim Dennis is the Student Success Coordinator at the Gateway to Success Academy. A Behavioral Specialist that comes to with a variety of experience and education including a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University. Jim is married to his wife Liz and has two adult children, his son T.J. and daughter Chelsea. He moved back to Ludington after a 27 year career as a Corrections Shift Supervisor in the Michigan Department of Corrections serving in every custody level. Throughout his career Jim has volunteered in a multiple of positions in the Community that include the following: Over 12 years experience as a coach both boys and girls soccer, basketball, track and cross-country; 7 years as a Youth Violence Prevention Counselor through the Michigan State University Extension Office in Clinton County; 12 years of experience as the religious education instructor for 6th through 12th grade students; 12 years experience as the St. Cyril & Methodius Knights of Columbus Youth Director; and 10 years experience as a volunteer fundraiser and an Executive Council Member for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan while coordinating multiple events throughout the state. Jim is now committed to the Success at G2S helping each student control their behavior through positive school culture!
Student Support Specialist
As I think about the importance of Project-Based Learning as spearheaded by G2S in the Mason County community, I am excited about being a part of this team that connects this educational experience with students. I understand that individuals learn in different ways and at different paces, and will work to support both hard and soft skill building to encourage emotional support and a positive atmosphere.
I come to G2S with a mix of professional experiences including fine art, graphic design, coding/developing, photography, exhibition, project management, and carpentry/construction. I am the founder and current director of the Makers Market of Ludington, a community-based makerspace.
I am an advocate of arts, innovation and creative problem solving, and I find inspiration through hiking, camping, and experiences in nature. I like road trips, sailing and just about any other form of adventuring with good people.
Kyle Martin is the technology intern at Gateway to Success Academy. Not only working IT support, he also works with the students, helping them learn more about technology. Kyle graduated from Ludington High School in 2017. He has worked in IT for over 3 years, interning with the K-12 Education Technology Association, transferring to G2S at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Kyle works 2 jobs, and enjoys spending his free time with friends and family.
Melissa Zumbach has been a high school teacher for eleven years. She has taught both English Language Arts and Social Studies. Her passions in life are reading, writing, gardening and spending time with her husband and two dogs. She volunteers at Mason County Animal Control and is a lover of all animals. Her love of people and continual learning have made her career in teaching a fulfilling one. The daily challenges that her work with students provides her makes her work exciting, and she finds that engaging with her students pushes her to continue to learn and grow herself. G2S is one of her favorite places to be!