Fusion Education Group

Fusion Education Group (FEG) provides life-changing educational experiences to middle and high school students through its personalized approach to education at its schools Fusion Academy, Fusion Global Academy, Futures Academy, and Barnstable Academy, where all educators are equally committed to students realizing their academic potential and their emotional and social growth. Each school fosters meaningful relationships in their professional community, members of whom refer students to us when they need a more personalized school environment. FEG has more than 80 campuses across the United States, in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Fusion Global Academy’s 100% online school serves students in 18 countries.


For many, it’s our flexible scheduling options that help make sure life doesn’t get in the way of learning. For others, it’s our holistic approach to learning that centers around the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student. We deliver coursework and instruction that fits every student and every schedule because we believe personalized, online instruction is the best approach for every type of student.


Through positive mentoring relationships and a personalized education experience each student realizes their potential and flourishes – emotionally, socially, and academically.
My daughter suffered from school anxiety and school refusal. Since becoming a student at Fusion, not only is she excelling academically but she is excited to go to school every day - even when she is not feeling well! We get amazing, detailed reports about her classes every day that tell us not just about the enthusiasm about her academic participation level in each class. Fusion Academy is the right place for our daughter and I am so grateful that this unique learning environment is the path that we have chosen.
Stacey Stern, parent
Fusion Academy in Charlotte has been a dream come true for my son and is a perfect fit for him. I love his teachers who truly have taken an interest to get to know my son while providing a top-notch college-preparatory education. They probably know more about his favorite bands, tv shows, etc. than I do. We’ve had an absolutely positive experience from day 1. The campus is something to see! State of the art everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Fusion Academy is the most unique educational facility available in my city. A completely customized education that is specifically taught in a way for my child to be the most successful student he can be.
HL's mom, parent
The team in Hermosa was excellent and very patient, making the right choices for my son. He excelled in his studies at Fusion Hermosa, with the COVID situation and working with the teachers and management. Before Fusion, we were not on the college path, however, with Fusion, our applications to colleges are going out now!
Bobby Hahn, parent
Fusion is a good school for students with depression. My son struggled to handle a regular high school due to a depression problem. We were very fortunate to find Fusion Academy. The flexibility of the one-on-one education provided by Fusion Academy allowed him to finish his high school education and made up for most of his lost time. The school also offered a few unique courses which are particularly suitable for students with similar problems.
Thomas, father


Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).


Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.


Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.