Our passion is high-quality, virtual learning opportunities for all students.

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Our Story


How do you best serve students? By providing them with more opportunities. Rewind to 2012, when Springfield Public Schools (SPS) began writing its own online courses to serve its 25,000+ learners. They soon hired two full-time course developers and—with the help of curriculum instructors and highly certified teachers—they developed a course catalog of nearly 50 course options for Springfield Public Schools students.

Fast forward to today, and Launch has a catalog of nearly 500 courses and serves students from hundreds and hundreds of districts statewide. Day in and day out, our team members continue to work to focus on our purpose-driven mission: providing all Missouri students access to quality virtual education.

More than 20 percent of Launch’s team members have had their children enrolled in Launch courses.”

The Dream Team


How does Launch’s team of 50+ full-time employees spend their time? Dreaming up ideas for the best quality virtual courses, then finding ways to deliver them to Missouri’s K-12 students.

Launch Leadership Team

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Dr. Ben Hackenwerth

Executive Director
bhackenwerth@spsmail.org
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Dr. Nichole Lemmon

Director of Virtual Learning
nichole@fueledbylaunch.com
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Dr. Brady Quirk

Assistant Director of Virtual Learning
bquirk@spsmail.org
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Bruce Douglas

Director of Information Technology
bdouglas@spsmail.org
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Dr. Theresa Christian

Principal of Virtual Learning
tmchristian@spsmail.org
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Dr. Meghan Roe

Coordinator of Course Development
mmroe@spsmail.org
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Mark Myers

Manager of IT
mcmyers@spsmail.org
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Savannah Waszczuk

Manager of Marketing & Engagement
savannah@fueledbylaunch.com

Launch Teams


Student Services


How do you run a virtual school? Our principal, assistant principals, and enrollment team ensure teachers are able to best support their students in the virtual classroom. This team also supports partner districts with enrollments and transcripts.

Digital Development


Put your student hat on! This team of highly qualified tech brains takes Missouri-aligned curriculum from the classroom and transforms it into an online format.

Partner Engagement


What courses can students take? How can parents best support their learners? Our partner engagement team designs and delivers crucial communications for all-things Launch and supports districts with their virtual learning goals.

IT & Support


Whether you need help logging on or you’re having a technical issue, we can help! Launch’s support team is available by phone, chat,  and email to assist students 7 days a week.

Interested in joining our team? 

We are always looking for teachers and professionals who love making an impact in students lives. Check our current openings and find out how you can fuel your career.

Join Our TeamSee current openings.