Mt. Washington School Teachers and Staff
Debra Klein, Principal
Mrs. Klein graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Education, obtained her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Wright State University, and then completed her school administration coursework at Xavier University. She began teaching fifth and sixth grade Science in 1993 with the Princeton City School District. In 2003, she became an Assistant Principal with Cincinnati Public Schools at Whittier Elementary in Price Hill. She then participated in the Resident Assistant Principal program at Carthage Elementary for one year and was the principal there the following year. In 2007, Mrs. Klein became the principal at Mt. Washington Elementary where she continues to lead, encourage, and focus on providing a challenging educational experience for all students. As the principal, she continues to develop partnerships with local businesses, churches, and community members to enhance our role within the Mt. Washington community. In addition to being a principal at Mt. Washington School, she is currently a District Principal Coach and has the honor of working with other Cincinnati Public Elementary Schools. Mrs. Klein is very proud of Mt. Washington School and all that it has become — Forever… Inspired… Together!
Jill Sunderman, Assistant Principal
Julie Keininger, Senior Support Specialist
Mrs. Keininger earned her Associate in Applied Business degree from the University of Cincinnati. After working at Delta Air Lines for five years and Deloitte & Touche Consulting firm for two years, she spent the next nine years at home raising her two children. She started working for Cincinnati Public Schools in 2005 at North Avondale Montessori where she was an Instructor Assistant for three years and then became the Support Specialist there for two years. She then transferred to the Human Resources Department as a Senior Support Specialist where she worked for two years. Mrs. Keininger is now working here at Mt. Washington School as the Senior Support Specialist. She transferred here in 2012 because she missed interacting with the parents and students. She enjoys supporting the staff, students, and parents.
Community Learning Center Team
Ilene Hayes, Resource Coordinator
Ilene Hayes is the Resource Coordinator for Mt. Washington School, employed by the Community Learning Center Institute since January 2010. She loves her work as a Resource Coordinator and, since she began her position, has recruited more than 130 partners for Mt. Washington School. Prior to joining the CLC Institute, she was the Operations Coordinator at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for almost five years, with day-to-day responsibility for the facility and program management. Ilene has also spent more than 16 years with a nonprofit devoted to quality childcare in a variety of direct service and management roles. She also served as a consultant for GE Aircraft engines for several years providing assistance with work/ family issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Cincinnati and was a licensed social worker for 15 years.
Ramona Malloni, Assistant Resource Coordinator
Ebonne Torain, Teacher
Mrs. Torain received her Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is in her sixth year as a teacher with the Cincinnati City School District, where she previously taught 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as Preschool for four years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Torain worked at Fifth Third Bank for five years training commercial clients on the use of banking software and troubleshooting software issues. Mrs. Torain takes seriously her role as the first teacher for many students and derives great satisfaction from knowing that she is getting students off to a strong start educationally and preparing them for future success.
Roberta Davis, Paraprofessional
Paula King, Paraprofessional
Ms. King started her career with Cincinnati Public Schools thirty years ago as a paraprofessional at Mt. Washington School, her daughters’ school. She has worked with students in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and in a special education class for five years. She has been working with preschoolers for the last eight years. This is a second career for Ms. King. The week after high school graduation, Ms. King received her cosmetology license and worked for 15 years, ten in a nursing home. Ms. King is very active in her church and is a Sunday school teacher and co-chair person of Missions Committee.
Kerry Cassinelli, Teacher
Mrs. Cassinelli received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Xavier University. She also received a Master of Pre-Primary Montessori Education degree from Xavier University. Mrs. Cassinelli most recently received a Reading Endorsement from Mount Saint Joseph University and Mayerson Academy in June of 2015. This endorsement included being trained as an Orton Gilingham teacher. Mrs. Cassinelli began her teaching career at Mount Washington School during the 1988-89 school year as a kindergarten teacher. She has remained ever since, and is now in her 28th year of teaching at Mount Washington School! Mrs. Cassinelli serves as a Primary Team leader and a lead teacher in the school. Through the years, she has taken on several lead positions to help enrich the quality of her students’ education and to share with and coach other staff. She is trained as a Kagan Coach and a Direct Instruction Coach and has completed the Leadership Scholars teacher training course and facilitator course for the Parent Academy. Mrs. Cassinelli sees teaching as a vocation that carries with it much responsibility. She has the highest expectations for her students and enjoys guiding them and their families each year on the educational journey to help them achieve these goals successfully and to develop a love of learning to last through the rest of their life. After all, “Everything we need to know, we learned in Kindergarten.”
Kathy Graves, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Graves earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from Ball State University. She worked for many years in retail management. She began working for Cincinnati Public Schools in 2008. She enjoys being a part of Mt. Washington School and seeing the students learn and grow.
Sheila Smith, LPN Paraprofessional
Lynn Schmidt, Teacher
Mrs. Schmidt received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the College of Mt. St. Joseph. In 1990, she earned her master’s degree in education. She has completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Miami University. She is also trained in Orton Gillingham reading methodology, and is a certified Master Teacher of Orton Gillingham. She began her teaching career in the parochial school system and then joined Cincinnati Public Schools in 1984. Mrs. Schmidt has assisted with reading curriculum development and math professional development at CPS. During her teaching career, she has taught all of the elementary grades, with the exception of fourth grade. She feels truly blessed to have had the opportunity to influence the lives and education of so many students in Cincinnati.
Cindy Gillespie, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Gillespie earned her Associate of Early Childhood Education degree from Cincinnati State. She worked many years as a volunteer at Mt. Washington School from 1992-1997 and served as a trustee on the PTO for two of those years. She has served on the Local Decision Making Committee for 8 years. She has worked in the pre-school program at Mt. Washington as well as a third grade, first grade, and currently a kindergarten paraprofessional.
Paige Siler, Teacher
First Grade Team
Annelise Connelly, Teacher
Ms. Connelly received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. She obtained her Master of Inclusive Early Childhood Education degree and earned a Reading Endorsement from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. Ms. Connelly began her teaching career as a student teacher here at Mt. Washington and is currently in her second year of teaching first grade! Before becoming a Mt. Washington Knight, she taught preschool at a Montessori school in Cincinnati. She strongly believes in the power of learning, teamwork, and diversity. She inspires her students to demonstrate confidence, creativity, and perseverance! Ms. Connelly loves being one of the many superheroes at Mt. Washington School.
Deb Luedeker, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Luedeker earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati. She began her career at Mt. Washington School as a substitute teacher in 1995 and was hired as a paraprofessional later that year. She is currently working in a first grade classroom, but has worked with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. She is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team. For twenty years, Mrs. Luedeker has enjoyed watching generations of families go through Mt. Washington School.
Amanda Lord, Teacher
Ms. Lord received her Bachelor of Children and Family Ministry degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After moving to Cincinnati, she earned her Master of Inclusive Early Childhood Education degree and Reading Endorsement from Mt. Saint Joseph University. She is currently in her second year of teaching first grade at Mt. Washington. Ms. Lord strives to challenge each of her students in their academic journey as well as foster their creativity, confidence and character. She has been blessed to be able to work in such a wonderful school and community.
Ronda Dillon, Paraprofessional
Cathy Hysell, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Hysell is a graduate of Xavier University. She is a paraprofessional in the first grade at Mt. Washington School. She volunteers at her church biweekly teaching at the kindergarten level.
Second Grade Team
Mary Davis, Teacher
Mrs. Davis received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Joseph University. She earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Reading Endorsement from Mount St. Joseph University. Mrs. Davis has taught for 22 years; 21 of which are at Mt. Washington School. Her teaching experience includes being an intervention specialist, as well as a first and second grade teacher. Currently, Mrs. Davis teaches second grade and serves as Testing Coordinator and as a member of the Positive School Culture Committee and Social Committee.
Sandy Romero, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Romero earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Psychology degree from Marietta College. She worked in management until becoming a stay-at-home mom. She joined Mt. Washington as a volunteer parent and later was hired as a paraprofessional in 2005. Mrs. Romero enjoys being a part of the Mt. Washington team and serves on ILT, Positive School Culture Committee, and Social Committee. It is her hope that she helps all the children she works with achieve their very best.
Kara Knoth, Teacher
Ms. Knoth received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Miami University. She is currently working towards her Master of Special Education degree at Miami University. She began her teaching career in Hamilton City Schools as a Kindergarten teacher and has also taught 3 years of first grade. This is her first year teaching in Cincinnati Public Schools. Her teaching philosophy is that each student is capable of success and should be challenged according to his/her potential.
Octavia Ewing, Paraprofessional
Stephanie Sanders, Paraprofessional
Ms. Sanders earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Northern Kentucky University. After years as a social worker serving ages ranging from infants to the elderly, Ms. Sanders was then able to enjoy being a stay-at-home mom with her children. Volunteering at her children's school led to joining the staff as an administrative assistant in the preschool and day school. In 2015 she joined Mt. Washington School as a paraprofessional. Ms. Sanders is thrilled to be a part of Cincinnati Public Schools and looks forward to supporting the students and staff.
Gloria Quiles, Teacher
Mrs. Quiles earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently going to school for her Master of Reading Science degree at the University of Mount St. Joseph. She started working for Cincinnati Public Schools in 2013. Mrs. Quiles is proud to be a second grade teacher at Mt. Washington School.
Third Grade Team
Megan Higgins, Teacher
Ms. Higgins received her bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College in psychology. She earned her Teaching Certification and is continuing education for her Master of Education degree at Xavier University. This is Ms. Higgins first year at Cincinnati Public Schools and her second year teaching. Ms. Higgins also received course work from University of Cincinnati where she was able to work closely with a school psychologist and implement various behavioral plans while also tutoring English Language Learners. These experiences have given Ms. Higgins the opportunity to work with children of various backgrounds and different needs.
Kristi May, Teacher
Ms. May received her Bachelor of Science from The University of South Carolina, her MBA from Xavier University, and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Mount St. Joseph University. She holds her International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) certification for Orton-Gillingham. Ms. May was the Reading Specialist for three years at Mt. Washington and is currently teaching second grade. She has been involved with Leadership Scholars, after-school book clubs and after-school tutoring and she serves on the Local Decision Making Committee.
Julie Paszczykowski, Paraprofessional
Andrea Sponsler, Teacher
Mrs. Sponsler is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Marygrove College. Mrs. Sponsler began her teaching career at Washburn Elementary in Cincinnati Public Schools as a second grade teacher during the 1993-94 school year. Since then she has taught second grade and recently third grade in the Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching second and third grade, Mrs. Sponsler has been a member of the district’s Kagan Coaching Team, English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator and currently serves as the building English Language Arts Content Innovation Specialist. Those teaching and leadership experiences have given Mrs. Sponsler the opportunity to work with a variety of teachers from various backgrounds and children with many different learning styles and needs.
Veronica Gibson, Paraprofessional
Ms. Gibson earned an accounting degree. She focuses on Project More for the 3rd graders, a reading fluency program. She enjoys working with the 3rd graders!
Fourth and Fifth Grade Team
Patti Acus, Teacher
Mrs. Acus is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Kindergarten Endorsement. She has also completed the Cincinnati Vermont Math Initiative program and Orton Gillingham training. Mrs. Acus began her teaching career at McKinnley Elementary. From there she taught at Windsor Elementary, and has been at Mt. Washington for the past 16 years. Mrs. Acus currently teaches first grade, and is the Math Content Innovation Specialist for our building. Those teaching experiences have given her the opportunity to work with children from various backgrounds and many different needs.
Rebecca Jansen-McKinnis, Teacher
Ms. Jansen-McKinnis is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She obtained her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Jansen-McKinnis began her teaching career 27 years ago at Schwab Middle School. Since then, she has taught eleven years at The Academy of World Languages and fifteen years here at Mt. Washington School. Ms. Jansen-McKinnis believes in the love of learning and that all students are life long learners.
Britni Tudor, Teacher
Mrs. Tudor earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Reading Endorsement and Master of Education in Reading from Xavier University. She is currently completing her Gifted Endorsement. Mrs. Tudor began teaching during the 2008-2009 school year as a first grade teacher. She has also taught 3rd grade. She wants to ensure her students leave her class with a love of reading and learning.
Jennifer Williams, Teacher
Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master in Elementary Education. Mrs. Williams began her teaching career with Cincinnati Public Schools in 1997. She has taught at Roosevelt Elementary, Schwab Elementary, and Mt. Washington School. Since 2003, she has been an active member of the Local Decision Making Committee and the gifted coordinator for Mt. Washington School. She became a lead teacher for the district in 2008. As a teacher, she believes that it is essential to develop a rigorous and differentiated instructional program that sets high expectations while allowing each student to exceed his/her ability level. It is important to make sure that a child is exposed to all standards and indicators, while simultaneously meeting their individual needs.
Sixth Grade Team
Robert Pride, Teacher
Mr. Pride is a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and obtained his Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont. Mr. Pride started his career in 1991 with Cincinnati Public Schools at Rothenberg Elementary in Over-The-Rhine community. He is currently teaching fifth and sixth grade math and science at Mount Washington School. During his 25 years of teaching, he has worked with children in grades fourth to eighth from various backgrounds with many different needs.
Randy Swantko, Teacher
Ms. Stancliff Swantko has been a reading and social studies teacher for 38 years. She began her career in Cincinnati at Peoples Junior High School. She has also had positions at Windsor Elementary and now Mt. Washington School. Ms. Swantko received her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University and her master’s at University of Cincinnati. She attended the University of Edinburg in Scotland for a semester. She continues to expand her knowledge through professional development offered at the district and attending National Conventions. Ms. Swantko has taught in New York, Virginia, Texas and even Puerto Rico. Most of her teaching has been in grades 5 through 8. Ms. Swantko has been a teacher at Mt. Washington for the past 15 years and enjoys this community a great deal.
Structured Units Team
Devon Schneider, Intervention Specialist, Autism Unit Grades K - 1
Mrs. Schneider is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Special Education degree from The University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Schneider received her Master of Reading and Curriculum and Instruction degree from Grand Canyon University. She began teaching in 2003 as a kindergarten teacher at Parham School. She then transferred to Hoffman School as an Intervention Specialist. She has been working in the area of special education since 2006. All of the teaching experiences have given Mrs. Schneider the opportunity to work with many students in varying grade levels and skill levels.
Nick Schmidt, Paraprofessional
Mr. Schmidt graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 2007. He has been at Mt. Washington since 2009. He currently works in the K-2nd Autism Unit. Previously, Mr. Schmidt worked in the 7th-8th Autism Unit and as an individual paraprofessional in special education. Mr. Schmidt is currently working on his master’s degree in special education.
Gage Welch, Intervention Specialist, Autism Unit Grades 2 - 3
Mr. Welch is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. Mr. Welch is currently pursuing his Master of Autism Instruction and Curriculum from the Arizona State University. Prior to teaching at Mt. Washington School, Mr. Welch taught at the Cincinnati Public Demonstration Classroom at The Kelly O'Leary Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Angela Galligan, Paraprofessional
Ms. Galligan is in her fourth year at Cincinnati Public Schools. The first year she worked with fifth and sixth grade and the last three years she has worked in the Autism Unit. She earned her bachelor’s degree at GBS. She worked as a K-12 substitute teacher for 3 years in the Fairfield City Schools. Ms. Galligan also taught preschool for four years.
Melinda Dressell, Intervention Specialist, Autism Unit Grades 4 - 6
Mrs. Dressell is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Integrated Social Studies and obtained her Master of Special Education degree from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Dressell began her teaching career as a long-term substitute for Norwood City schools. Since then she has worked as an Intervention Specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools. She has worked in various school buildings, including West High, Riverview East Academy, Silverton Paideia Academy and Mt. Washington School. In March of 2006, Mrs. Dressell accepted a position at a proprietary school, Southwestern College, as Student Services Manager in 2006 and was promoted to the Registrar and then to the Academic Dean. Upon completing her Master of Special Education degree in 2009, she accepted a position as an Intervention Specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools and has worked there since. While working as a special educator, she has mainly worked with grades 4-6. Currently, Mrs. Dressell teaches high functioning students who have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Kelly Larsen, Paraprofessional
Ms. Larsen received her Associate of Early Childhood Education degree from the University of Cincinnati. She started working as a paraprofessional for Cincinnati Public Schools in 2013 and had tutored Mt. Washington School students for five years prior. Before working at Mount Washington School, she worked at a preschool in Cincinnati for 7 years and nannied for a few families with special needs children.
Theresa Martin, Paraprofessional
Ms. Martin is enjoying her first year at Mt. Washington School. She is a paraprofessional in the 4-6 Autism Unit. She enjoys working with all students and looks forward to what each day will bring at Mt. Washington School. She loves traveling to Florida and California to visit friends and family and to be near the beach.
Intervention Specialists Team
Tracy Jennings, Intervention Specialist, Grades K - 3
Mrs. Jennings received her Bachelor of Education of the Handicapped degree from Bowling Green State University and obtained her master's degree from Mt St Joseph University in the Science of Reading Program. She began her teaching with Cincinnati Public Schools as an Itinerant Teacher serving both public and private schools. She then taught at Windsor Elementary as an Intervention Specialist for grades K-3 for 6 years. She has taught at Mt Washington School since 2000, working as an Intervention Specialist and Case Coordinator. In addition to her teaching assignment at Mt Washington School, she also works with Mayerson Academy providing professional development courses.
Marty Hanrahan, Intervention Specialist, Grades 4 - 6
Mr. Hanrahan began his undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University and finished at the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then received his Master of Special Education degree from the University of Cincinnati. He began his career working in Florida and Maine for the wilderness school, Hurricane Island Outward Bound, leading 30-day wilderness therapy courses for felony convicted teenagers and eventually becoming the Program Director. His started his teaching career in Cincinnati Public Schools in 1999-2000, and has been teaching at Mt. Washington School for sixteen years. Mr. Hanrahan is also currently in his 23rd year of coaching youth sports.
Renita Lewis-Jackson, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Student Support and Specialist Team
Julie Byrne, Speech Language Pathologist
Ms. Byrne is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Byrne worked as an intervention specialist at Mt. Airy Elementary and Cheviot School. Prior to coming to Mt. Washington School, she practiced speech language pathology at multiple Cincinnati Public Schools. Ms. Byrne has served as a Consulting Teacher for speech language pathologists. During her more than 20 years in Cincinnati Public Schools she has worked students in preschool through 12th grade.
Chelsea Geiger, Occupational Therapist
Sara Maurer, Psychologist
Mrs. Maurer is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Masters in the Art of Education, and an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology. Mrs. Maurer began her career as a school psychologist with her internship in Cincinnati Public Schools, at Oyler School and Woodward High School during the 2007-2008 school year. Following her intern year, Mrs. Maurer worked for Montgomery County Educational Services Center for one year, and then returned to Cincinnati Public Schools. Since returning, Mrs. Maurer has worked with preschool through high school age students at various sites throughout the district. She is involved in many district-level initiatives in addition to serving two elementary schools, which has provided her with valuable opportunities to work with students and families of diverse backgrounds and various needs.
Donna Mire, Social Worker
Melissa Werling, Reading Specialist
Mrs. Werling is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. While a student at Mount St. Joseph, she completed her student teaching hours here at Mt. Washington School. The summer following her college graduation she also earned her Reading Endorsement through Mount St. Joseph University. In fall of 2013 Mrs. Werling began working for Cincinnati Public Schools at Roberts Paideia as an Intervention Specialist. This year she came to us at Mt. Washington School to serve as our Reading Specialist.
Erin Zink, Occupational Therapist
Dr. Shirley Gibson, Latin Teacher
Robert Hale, Art Teacher
Mr. Hale is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and obtained his Master of Art Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mr. Hale had a design business in Cincinnati, and then owned a commercial photography studio for many years, specializing in advertising work. He has thirteen years experience teaching elementary visual Art in Cincinnati Public Schools, and currently is teaching at both Mt. Washington School and Roll Hill School.
Elena Ivanova, Music Teacher
Mrs. Ivanova received her undergraduate degree from Plovdiv Academy of Music in Bulgaria. She earned her Master of Music Education from Wright State University, Ohio. She earned her second master’s degree in humanities from Wright State University. Mrs. Ivanova began her teaching career in Bulgaria. She started teaching in Cincinnati, Ohio during the 1999-2000 school year. During her more than 16 years in Cincinnati Public Schools she has taught K-8 general music.
Donald Klein, Band Teacher
Carolyn Quinn, Strings Teacher
Mrs. Quinn has been involved in music since the age of 5. Originally from New York, she began piano lessons at 5 and at age 8, was introduced to the viola through her public school program. She toured with the Crane Symphony as soloist while attending SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and studied with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra member Raymond Stillwell while attending her graduate program at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She is Suzuki Registered, studying with William Preucil and is trained in the Orff method. Mrs. Quinn is a violist in the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, a freelance musician, maintains a viola private studio and conducts the Northern Cincinnati Youth Orchestras, which she co-founded in 2009. She will be taking the Northern Cincinnati Youth Orchestras (NCYO) senior group this spring to compete in the National School Orchestra Festival, sponsored by the American String Teachers Association. Since she was the benefit of a public music education program, Mrs. Quinn is passionate about offering musical opportunities for Cincinnati Public Schools students and ensuring that they have the best instruction possible.
Robert Veite, Physical Education Teacher
After serving time in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Veite attended Xavier University for a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health degree, and joined the Army ROTC Program. He continued at Xavier University obtaining his first master’s degree in Health and Nutrition Sciences while teaching full-time in Cincinnati. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he finished two additional master’s programs in Educational Administration and Elementary Education as part of his Doctor of Education program in Curriculum and Instruction with the primary concentration in Science. He was awarded a Gabbard Fellowship to conduct additional primary research, which he presented at two International Symposiums for the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) and several other academic venues. Completing his fellowship he started teaching graduate and undergraduate coursework at the University of Cincinnati including Science courses, Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education Courses and various methodology courses. He left to take a position as a principal and served as in that capacity for four years, and then has been a physical education teacher here for the past 15 years. He is currently enrolled in his second Doctor of Education Program with its primary concentration in Sports Management.
Reagin Raymond, Technology Paraprofessional and Web Editor
Mrs. Raymond received her Bachelor of Arts in Media Informatics from Northern Kentucky University, the College of Informatics. She spent many years in software development, implementation, and training in Cleveland, Chicago, and New York. She has a passion for facilitating learning that fosters 21st Century digital fluencies such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. She enjoys teaching computer classes in our Mac and PC labs to all Mt. Washington School ‘digital citizens’ in grades K-6, leading a weekly My Tomorrow*ed Advisory team, and providing technical support and training for staff. She is currently expanding her growth mindset in the Google for Education Certified Trainer program. Mrs. Raymond is also proud to be involved with various local professional and academic organizations that mentor women in computing.
Health Services Team
Tara Branch, Student Health Assistant
Mrs. Branch is a Texan native, earning her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Texas Woman's University. She has a very diverse background in all kinds of professions from owning an apothecary/vegetarian restaurant, to massage therapy, applied behavioral analysis for people on the Autism Spectrum, to garden project manager for a small public school. Mrs. Branch loves to create and craft in her spare time and enjoys sharing her abilities with her children. She's very excited to be the Student Health Assistant and looks forward to the challenge and rewards it offers.
Laura Huss, Nurse Practioner, Mercy Health Physicians
Tina Orick, Nurse Practioner, Mercy Health Physicians
Food Services Team
Marcie Clark, Lunchroom Manager
Jodie Harrison, Serena Smith, and Sheila Porttorf, Lunchroom Team
Albert Lee, Plant Operator
Antonio and Leonard, Custodial Team