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Grand Canyon Private Academy Names Melissa Spade Operations Manager

Grand Canyon Private Academy (GCPA), a full-time, online private college and career preparatory school powered by K12, has named Melissa Spade as its Operations Manager.

“We are excited that Melissa is taking on the critical role of Operations Manager at our school,” GCPA Executive Director Bouchra Bouanani said. “With an extensive background in program management and a heart for students and education, she’s the perfect leader to help GCPA achieve its goals of inspiring and empowering students.”

A 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector who specialized in program management, Spade joined K12 in 2018 to support students covered under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The Arizona native earned a masters degree in public administration from the University of Arizona. As Operations Manager, she will be a resource for all GCPA staff, students and parents/guardians.

GCPA boasts an integrated support team of leaders, certified teachers, academic coaches and counselors that offers unique learning opportunities through personalized education and strong community relationships. This fall, the academy will welcome high school seniors to its family of emerging leaders.

GCPA’s curriculum is powered by K12, an education leader with more than 20 years of experience delivering online education to students nationwide. Stride has worked with schools and districts across all 50 states to help develop local solutions to meet personalized online and blended learning goals.

For more information on open enrollment, visit Grand Canyon Private Academy.

About Grand Canyon Private Academy

Grand Canyon Private Academy (GCPA) is an online private school serving grades K–12. The school is dedicated to inspiring and empowering students through an education experience tailored to their needs and focused on their futures. GCPA combines an engaging, interactive K12 curriculum with an integrated support team of school leaders, teachers, academic coaches and counselors. For more information visit

About K12

At K12, we are reimagining learning—where learning is lifelong, deeply personal, and prepares learners for tomorrow. The company has transformed millions of people’s teaching and learning experiences by providing innovative, high-quality, tech-enabled education solutions, curricula, and programs directly to students, schools, the military, and enterprises in primary, secondary, and postsecondary settings. K12 is a premier provider of K-12 education for students, schools, and districts, including career learning services through middle and high school curricula. For adult learners, K12 delivers professional skills training in healthcare and technology, as well as staffing and talent development for Fortune 500 companies. K12 has delivered millions of courses over the past decade and serves learners in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at:


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