Our iConnect Teachers


iConnect Academy is committed to providing quality instruction by local, certificated teachers supported by the excellent reputation of the Olympia School District.

ORLA would like to welcome two new teachers to the iConnect Academy for 2019-20! 

Leonard OngLeonard Ong will be teaching all Math, Business Education and Career & Technical Ed (CTE) courses. I am excited to be one of your iConnect teachers starting this school year 2019-2020. I love ORLA because of its fabulous, global school climate of positive family traditions. I believe that the state of the art learning choices ORLA offers, combined with persistence and determination do make impossible dreams come true and that many students become naturally equipped with creative minds and powerful ideas.

Thankfully, I have had quite a diverse experience in STEAMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Sports) in the various stages of my life as a child, youth, family person, mentor, coach, community member, and in the world of business, technology, and government. I am ready for ORLA! If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer or research for you.   

In my 3rd career as a teacher, I have taught in North Thurston Public Schools, Tacoma Public Schools, and the nearby school districts for nearly 10 years, including this year. My passion is to provide young adults the opportunities to explore their many strengths and how they can apply them towards fulfilling productive lives.  I believe that families are the first classroom and parents are the first teachers.  Together we build a student's foundation for a meaningful and successful future.

Needless to say, I am honored and privileged to partner with you in your children’s education. Thank you so much! long@osd.wednet.edu


Sam BingamanSam Bingaman will be teaching all English & Social Studies. 

I grew up as a military kid, moving around every two years, and finally ended up in Washington during my Sophomore year of High School.  I fell in love with the PNW as I attended Olympia High School and can not imagine living in a better location! After graduating from OHS, I earned my BA in History from UW, earned a Master’s in Teaching from Saint Martin’s University, and married my High School Sweetheart.

I completed my student teaching at River Ridge High School and finished my teaching certificate while I was still finishing up my Masters.  My first job as a full time teacher was at an Alternative High School called PACE Academy, later called James A. Taylor High School, in Belfair, WA. I taught Social Studies through the Edgenuity online curriculum as well as some offline courses that filled gaps in the program for three years. My son, Thor, was born during my time there.

 After trying to get a position in the Olympia area for 2 years, I increased my certifications by adding a Math and ELA endorsement and got a position at Timberline High School teaching Algebra I and COE Math.  I had the fantastic opportunity while I was there to coach the Boy’s Swim team.  

I am now excited to be here at ORLA as the iConnect Humanities teacher and hConnect English 10 teacher!  Go Orcas! jbingaman@osd.wednet.edu