Our Staff

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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!

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.

Sandy Romero, Support Specialist

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. In 2017, she joined the office staff as Support Specialist. Mrs. Romero enjoys being a part of the Mt. Washington team and serves on the Positive School Culture Committee and Social Committee. It is her hope that she is helpful to the staff and students of Mt Washington, so they can achieve their very best.


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 and 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, 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Site Coordinator

Ramona Malloni joined Mt.  Washington School after a long career in the banking industry.  Ramona enjoys her position as the after school Site Coordinator because she loves planning and organizing. Ramona's favorite part of working in the after school program is seeing the students have so much fun that they don't even realize that they are learning.  A favorite quote of hers is, "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts" by John Wooden.

Claudia Thomas, 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Site Coordinator

Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College and is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Kentucky University. Claudia has 14 years of experience working with children ranging from being a ballet instructor, tutor, camp counselor, after school counselor, day care worker and more. Ms. Thomas began working at Mt. Washington School through The Children's Home of Cincinnati as an after school counselor and soon after was promoted to her role as Site Coordinator for Mt. Washington's after school program, Castle Connections. She enjoys her position as the after school Site Coordinator because she has a passion for working with students and watching them grow and learn.


Preschool Team

Ebonne Torain, Teacher

Mrs. Torain received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business 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 tenth year as a teacher with the Cincinnati City School District, where she has taught 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as Preschool for eight 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 Daniels, Paraprofessional

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 10 years. She has worked in the pre-school program at Mt. Washington as well as a kindergarten, first grade and third grade. She is currently a pre-school paraprofessional.


Kindergarten Team

Kerry Cassinelli, Teacher

Mrs. Cassinelli received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Xavier University in 1988. She also received a Master of Pre-Primary Montessori Education degree from Xavier University in 1995. 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 31st year of teaching at Mount Washington School! Mrs. Cassinelli served as a Primary Team leader for 20+ years and also has lead teacher credentials. 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. She currently serves on the Early Childhood Committee and will serve on LSDMC this year. 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.

Gloria Quiles, Teacher

Mrs. Quiles earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Cincinnati. She attained her Master of Reading Science degree at the University of Mount St. Joseph in 2016. She started working for Cincinnati Public Schools in 2013. Mrs. Quiles is proud to be a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Washington School. Her classroom has special friends this year, Sally and Splash the turtles. 

Paige Siler, Teacher

Ms. Siler received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently in her second year as a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Washington. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Siler was a volunteer first grade teacher at her church and a student teacher at other elementary schools including Lakota, Mason, Hyde Park and Kilgour. She feels blessed to be a part of the wonderful team of teachers at Mt. Washington. Miss Siler loves learning and hopes to inspire her students to have a love of learning as well!


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 fifth 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. With working at Mt. Washington School for over 20 years, Mrs. Luedeker enjoys seeing former students return with their own children.

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 fifth 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.

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 24 years; 23 of which 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, Team Leader and as a member of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) and Social Committee.

Ronda Dillon, Paraprofessional

Mrs. Dillon earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Xavier University in 2005. She worked several years as a preschool teacher and as a substitute teacher prior to beginning her career as a paraprofessional at Mt. Washington School. Mrs. Dillon enjoys volunteering in her neighborhood and maintaining her community garden plot. She is very happy to be part of the Mt. Washington School crew and is enjoying her work with second grade students.

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.

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.

Lindsey Petrovitch, Paraprofessional

Ms. Petrovitch received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from University of Cincinnati in 2017. She minored in sociology. During her final year of college, Ms. Petrovitch worked with troubled youth as a developmental coach, and tutored second and third grade at Cincinnati Public Schools. She has worked with children at all different age levels with a variety of different educational, cultural, and behavioral needs. Ms. Petrovitch is excited to be a part of the Mt. Washington School team and enjoys working in the second grade classroom.


Third Grade Team

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 the College of Mount Saint Joseph. She also earned her Reading Endorsement from MSJ. She holds her International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) certification for Orton-Gillingham. Ms. May began her teaching career as a student teacher here at Mt. Washington and is currently in her seventh year of teaching. Before teaching third grade, Ms. May was the Reading Specialist for three years and taught second grade for one year. She has been involved with Leadership Scholars, after-school book clubs and after-school tutoring and she served on the Local School Decision Making Committee for five years. Ms. May is excited for her students to learn and grow through Expeditionary Learning.

Julie Paszczykowski, Paraprofessional

Mrs. Paszczykowski is a graduate of Ferris State University. She became involved with Cincinnati Public Schools as a volunteer at Sands Montessori.  She served on their Local Decison Making Committee for four years in addition to working in the classrooms and office. She began her career with Mt. Washington School as a one-on-one paraprofessional in kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Paszczykowski is currently working with third grade and is very excited to be able to help the students and see them grow.

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 third graders, a reading fluency program. She enjoys working with the third graders.


Fourth 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 fourth 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.

Deb Couch, Teacher

Mrs. Couch received both her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Education degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Mrs. Couch has earned a Reading Endorsement from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Couch began her teaching career in 1991. She has worked for Cincinnati Public Schools for her entire tenure. She has taught English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 4-7 her entire teaching career. Mrs. Couch is delighted to be teaching fourth grade ELA at Mt Washington School and she is looking forward to an extremely successful year with her students.

Kate McConnell, Teacher

Ms. McConnell received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication with concentrations in Writing and Peace and Justice Studies from Marian University in Indianapolis. While in college, she was awarded Outstanding Communication Senior, an award only given to the top student in her class. After attending Marian University, she worked as a Program Director of Girls Inc. and as an Outreach Educator with the Drake Planetarium and Science Center. In the Fall of 2016, Ms. McConnell was accepted into the 2017 Teach for America Corps. Ms. McConnell is very passionate about driving students to reach their full potential. She is excited about the opportunity to educate America's future leaders, here at Mt. Washington School.


Fifth Grade Team

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 lifelong learners.

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. 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 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, Structured Unit

Mrs. Schneider is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a 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 for Cincinnati Public schools. Currently she teaches in the primary Autism classroom.

Jodi Petty, Paraprofessional

Mrs. Petty earned her Associate of Business Management degree from Cincinnati State. She worked many years as a volunteer at Mt. Washington School and has served as a board member on the PTO for three of those years. She has served on the Local Decision Making Committee for two years. She is currently a paraprofessional in the Autism Unit. 

Theresa Martin, Intervention Specialist, Structured Unit

Mrs. Martin received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Kentucky University. She began her career as an Intervention Specialist in 2001 and has worked with students in grade kindergarten through high school. Mrs. Martin was previously a paraprofessional at Mt. Washington Elementary and is excited to be the new Autism Unit teacher for the 2017–2018 school year.

Laura Varley, Paraprofessional

Mrs.Varley is in her first year with CPS and feels very fortunate to be working at Mt. Washington School. As her daughters grew she decided to make a career change and CPS was the perfect fit. She loves working in the third grade and looks forward to new challenges while helping others.

Melinda Dressell, Intervention Specialist, Structured Unit

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).

Michelle Gallivan, Paraprofessional

Lori Murray, Paraprofessional

Mrs. Murray is the floater paraprofessional for the autism unit. She looks forward to helping the students and enjoys seeing success on their face when they do something well. She looks forward to each day and meeting any challenge that comes their way. This is Mrs. Murray's first year at CPS. She previously worked at various local schools as a teacher aide.

Intervention Specialists Team

Tracy Jennings, Intervention Specialist, Grades K3

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 as the Project Lead Teacher for the implementation of Expeditionary Learning.

Madeline Dobler, Intervention Specialist, Grades K3

Mrs. Dobler graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2017 with a degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. She has worked with students in preschool to third grade. Before coming to Cincinnati Public Schools, Mrs. Dobler was a first through third grade teacher at a behavioral school. Mrs. Dobler joined the Mt. Washington School team in 2017 and looks forward to many years of working with students and families in the Cincinnati area.

Marty Hanrahan, Intervention Specialist, Grades 46

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 25th year of coaching youth sports.

Renita Lewis-Jackson, Gifted Intervention Specialist

Ms. Jackson is a gifted intervention specialist who will be working with all of our gifted students. She has been with the Cincinnati Public School District for 25 years, first as a classroom teacher and for the past 4 years as a gifted intervention specialist. She will be working one on one and in small groups with our gifted students. Ms. Jackson is very excited to be at Mt. Washington School and to have a chance to work with our students.


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.

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 Education, and an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology. Mrs. Maurer began her career with Cincinnati Public Schools as an intern school psychologist, and she has worked in a variety of buildings since that time, serving preschool through high school age students. She is currently lead school psychologist for CPS and serves as a mentor and coach for psychologists throughout the district. Mrs. Maurer is involved in many district-level initiatives and committees, which have provided her with valuable opportunities to work with students and families of diverse backgrounds and various needs. She enjoys collaborating with students, families and teachers to meet the educational needs of children.

Donna Mire, Social Worker

Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Schools, Ms. Mire's other social work experiences include casework services for the American Red Cross, district advisor for the Utah Girl Scout Council, casework services for the Department of Job and Family Services, renal social work for University Hospital, and as a therapist for Lighthouse Youth Services and Central Clinic. 

Ms. Lipschutz, Reading Specialist

Ms. Lipschutz is a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Masters Degree in the Science of Reading at Mount St. Joseph University. Prior to being a reading specialist Ms. Lipschutz spent three years in the classroom. This will be Ms. Lipschutz first year at Mount Washington School but will be her fourth year as a reading specialist for Cincinnati Public Schools.

Veronica Gordillo, ESL Paraprofessional

Robin Grimes, ESL Specialist


Specials Team

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.

Andrew Hutchinson, Spanish Teacher

Andrew Hutchinson received his Bachelor of Arts in the Spanish language from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. After exploring teaching opportunities with high school and junior high school students in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas, he decided that he would bring the joys of learning the Spanish language to younger students. When he is not at Mount Washington School, he is teaching Spanish to the students of Covedale School during B weeks. He hopes that his students will find the same excitement and enthusiasm in learning the Spanish language as he has, and that they can use their newfound skill to improve their local and global communities! Señor Hutchinson would like to wish everyone un año excelente as they try to learn a new language!

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

Mr. Klein has earned Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Education degrees from Northern Kentucky University.  He has completed additional graduate course work at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He began his career as a band director in Cincinnati area parochial schools before beginning work in Cincinnati Public Schools in 1979. In his 38 plus years in CPS, Mr. Klein has taught in 22 different schools and is currently in his 17th year as band director at Mt. Washington. He has also been active as a freelance professional musician in various ensembles and bands in the Cincinnati area as well as performing as a church musician and music director in area churches. 

Chris Gibson, Strings Teacher

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.


Operational Paraprofessionals

Carol Mussio, Operational Paraprofessional

Mrs. Mussio worked at Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency as a Head Start teacher for ten years and earned her Child Development Associate. She opened a day care in her home in 2002 and loved it for 14 years. This is her first year with Cincinnati Public Schools and she is excited to meet all the children, learn their names and interests as well as their families here at Mt. Washington School.

Travis Sterett, Operational Paraprofessional

Mr. Sterrett started working with students and staff for Cincinnati Public Schools at Mt. Washington School as a classroom and library volunteer from 2015–2017. In 2017 he was excited to accept a paraprofessional position with fourth grade. Mr. Sterrett enjoys seeing the students engage around new learning opportunities as they grow into respectful and responsible young leaders. 


Technology

Reagin Raymond, Assistant School Community Coordinator and Technology Coordinator

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 fluency skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. Mrs. Raymond enjoys teaching computer classes in the Mac and PC labs, morning crew with Mrs. Williams' fifth grade classroom, collaborating with the EL Leadership Team, and providing technical support and training for staff.


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. Mrs.Branch is also the garden coordinator, a LSDMC member and former 2016/17 PTO president. Additionally, Mrs. Branch will be helping with various after school clubs and looks forward to sharing her creative side with students and families alike.

Tina Orick, Nurse Practioner, Mercy Health Physicians


Food Services Team

Meda Finley, Lunchroom Manager

Sheila Porttorf, Lunchroom Team


Facilities

Albert Lee, Plant Operator

Antonio Lewis and Leonard Charlton, Custodial Team