Parish Staff

Administration

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

Principal

kvance@saintischool.org
Mr. Vance earned his B.S. Ed. in Special Education - Learning and Behavioral Disabilities from Ohio University, and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Xavier University. He began his career in education at Summit Country Day Upper School as Teacher and Campus Minister. After earning his Master’s degree, he joined St. Vivian School as Principal. He later served Mercy Montessori Center as Assistant Principal, and most recently St. Margaret of York as Principal. He was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Cincinnati Jaycees. He serves as a Mentor for New Principals in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and received the Civitate Dei Award - Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In addition to his credentials as an educator and administrator, Mr. Vance trained as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He volunteers at Fernside Center for Grieving Children, and serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Bellarmine Chapel. With his family, he loves to snow ski, walk, see movies, travel, and do family history research. Mr. Vance grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and attended Mary, Help of Christians School, then went to Carroll High School in Dayton.
Laura Sieve
Laura Sieve

Assistant Principal

lsieve@saintischool.org
Mrs. Sieve attended St. Ignatius School in 8th grade. She went to high school at McAuley. She attended University of Cincinnati and Xavier University to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, as well as her Intervention Specialist degree. Mrs. Sieve taught primary and junior high for 20 years, before she joined administration in 2007. Besides teaching at St. Ignatius School, she worked in a preschool and as an office manager for a speech therapy practice. Mrs. Sieve is a National Board Certified Teacher. She was a Praxis III Assessor for the State of Ohio and helped new teachers qualify for licensure. She co-wrote St. Ignatius School’s submission for the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Mrs. Sieve loves to read, kayak, travel, and experience different cultures. She has traveled with students to China, Japan, and France. She went on the Holy Land Pilgrimage and visited our twinning parish in Guatemala.
Denise Schnur
Denise Schnur

Preschool Director

Melanie Crowe
Melanie Crowe

Director of Advancement

Joyce Cross
Joyce Cross

Admissions Coordinator

Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller

Office Assistant

Patty Thomas
Patty Thomas

Office Assistant

Pat Altenau
Pat Altenau

Administrative Assistant

Preschool

Alison Bailey
Alison Bailey

Preschool Teacher

Margaret Morrissey
Margaret Morrissey

Preschool Aide

Sara Borchers
Sara Borchers

Pre-K Teacher

Mandy Finamore
Mandy Finamore

Pre-K Aide

Kindergarten

Tina Cassiere
Tina Cassiere

Teacher

Room 105 | x2105 tcassiere@saintischool.org
Mrs. Cassiere attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught 3rd grade for six years, 1st grade for eight years, and began teaching kindergarten in 2004. She says, “I enjoy traveling, doing home improvement projects and being with my family and friends.”
Karen LaPine
Karen LaPine

Teacher

Room 104 | x2104 klapine@saintischool.org
Mrs. Riestenberg is an alumna of Seton High School. She earned her Bachelor's in Education and a Reading Endorsement from the College of Mount St. Joseph in the days before it became a University. She also minored in Mathematics. She says, “My pilgrimage to the Holy Land with School of Faith in 2017 was one of the highlights of my life! I enjoy reading, shopping, trivia, watching cooking shows, doing puzzles of any kind, and spending time with my family.”
Kelly Massa
Kelly Massa

Teacher

Room 108 | x2108 kmassa@saintischool.org
Miss Schmidt graduated from St. Ignatius in 2006 and attended McAuley for high school. She earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters in Education from Mount St. Joseph University. She also taught one year in first grade at St. Thomas More. She says, “I volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach here at St. Ignatius ... and really enjoyed it! I love to dance--I danced competitively for 10 years when I was younger and taught dance classes. I love to spend time with friends and family. I also love to go on trips and play any kind of game.”
Cathy Ray
Cathy Ray

Teacher

Room 107 | x2107 cray@saintischool.org
Mrs. Ray attended grade school at St. Antoninus, high school at Summit Country Day School, and college at Regis University in Denver, CO. Mrs. Ray worked for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission in Therapeutic Recreation directing recreation programs for special needs kids and adults. She also taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades at St. Martin of Tours. For fun she volunteers for Special Olympics and enjoys being a grandma.
Angela Frey
Angela Frey

Intervention Specialist

Room 105 | x2404 afrey@saintischool.org
For her undergraduate studies, Ms. Frey went to the University of Cincinnati where she obtained a degree in Communication. She earned a Master’s in Special Education Mount St. Joseph University. She worked for four years as a preschool/kindergarten teacher at The Children's House. She then served as an instructional assistant in special education with Oak Hills Local schools, at C.O. Harrison for one year and Rapid Run for three years. At Oak Hills she was responsible for accompanying special education students to their general education classes and assisting with accommodations to their work during those classes. She says, “I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and attended St. Catharine of Sienna for elementary school and Mother of Mercy for high school. I grew up playing soccer and still enjoy playing recreationally. I also enjoy arts and crafts of any kind. I was blessed to be able to go on a life-changing pilgrimage to Israel over the summer of 2018 to witness the Holy Land.”
Lisa Thiemann
Lisa Thiemann

Aide

x2018-1 lthiemann@saintischool.org
Mrs. Thiemann grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and Mother of Mercy High School. She also studied to be a paralegal at the University of Cincinnati. She joined the staff at St. Ignatius School in 2006 as a cafeteria worker, a year later moved to the aides office, and became a Kindergarten Aide in 2018. She says, “I love to spend time with my family, love sports, and love to golf. I also love to sew and quilt, and do crafts. In the summer I enjoy lounging in my pool with friends.”

Grade 1

Diane Menzer
Diane Menzer

Teacher

Room 2015 | x2205 dmenzer@saintischool.org
Mrs. Menzer attended Mount St. Joseph University and earned her AS, BS, and MA in Education (Certified PreK-3; Intervention Mild to Moderate K-12). Mrs. Menzer previously taught at St. Vincent de Paul School as a full-day kindergarten teacher. Prior to that, she worked in business for over 10 years. For fun Mrs. Menzer likes to do DIY projects, sew, crochet, and spend time with her grandchildren. She is a first generation immigrant from Germany.
Robyn Tierney
Robyn Tierney

Teacher

Room 206 | x2206 rtierney@saintischool.org
Mrs. Tierney earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Joseph University to teach preschool through 3rd grade. She is currently pursuing her master’s at Xavier University in special education. She is a mentor teacher and has 12 years of experience working in first grade. Mrs. Tierney also worked for three years as 2nd grade teacher at St. Aloysius on the Ohio School. Mrs. Tierney volunteers with her husband at St. Teresa of Avila as director of the children's choir for their parish. She loves to spend time with her children/family, as well as walk, run, bake, decorate, garden, and attend sporting events.
Tricia Vondenbrink
Tricia Vondenbrink

Teacher

Room 204 | x2204 tvondenbrink@saintischool.org
Mrs. Vondenbrink attended University of Cincinnati and earned a BS in Education. She taught kindergarten at St. Catharine of Siena School in Westwood, preschool at Sharonville United Methodist Church Nursery School, and kindergarten at St. Margaret of York Catholic School in Loveland. Mrs. Vondenbrink is from Cincinnati. She grew up on the west side of town. She lived in Chicago for a few years when her son was born. For fun she likes to read, craft, walk, and play golf.
Karen Wiesman
Karen Wiesman

Teacher

Room 207 | x2207 kwiesman@saintischool.org
Mrs. Weisman earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education for K-8 at Xavier University. She is currently working on her Masters at Xavier University. She enjoys camping, reading, going to the movies, and being with her family. Mrs. Weisman has been a member of St. Ignatius since 2002.
Cathy Grote
Cathy Grote

Intervention Specialist

Room 203 | x2432 cgrote@saintischool.org
Ms. Grote earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education for K-8 from Youngstown State University, and her Graduate degree in Special Education, College of Mount St. Joseph. Ms. Grote taught for four years in the Covington Diocese, and taught Kindergarten for 11 years at The Children's House, a charter school. Ms. Grote volunteered at Saint Leo the Great parish and taught English as a second language for five years. She currently volunteers at Our Lady of Visitation, her home parish. She enjoys being on the church decorating committee and the baptism committee. For fun, she likes hiking, swimming, and gardening. She says, “I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. I have four sisters and one brother. I moved to Cincinnati in 1980 where I raised my three beautiful daughters.”
Jennifer Schmitz
Jennifer Schmitz

Aide

Grade 2

Lisa Cassaro
Lisa Cassaro

Teacher

Room 118 | x2118 lcassaro@saintischool.org
Miss Cassaro attended The College of Mount St. Joseph for her undergraduate degree where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and received the Education Department's Student Teaching Award. She completed her master's degree at Xavier University. Miss Cassaro is a mentor teacher. She has been St. Ignatius School’s Local Professional Development Committee representative since 2003. She is the current chairperson. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Judy Crowley
Judy Crowley

Teacher

Room 111 | x2111 jcrowley@saintischool.org
Mrs. Crowley received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and earned her Master’s of Education in Reading at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She has taken numerous classes at Miami University, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She began teaching in 1980 and taught 2nd and 3rd grade students at St. Clare in College Hill (now closed) and here at St. Ignatius School. She also has been a teacher and co-director of St. Ignatius’ Parish School of Religion. Recently, she was a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Convention in Cincinnati. She says, “I respect and encourage the differences in each student’s learning style and has a strong commitment to Catholic Education that sees Jesus as a central part of each student’s learning. My primary goal is for each student in my classroom to have a safe, warm and caring environment in which to learn, where successes are applauded and mistakes are welcomed and learned from.” When not teaching, she enjoys time with her family, reading a good book, cooking a new recipe and experiencing the wonders of God’s creation while kayaking!
Bridget Eichhold
Bridget Eichhold

Teacher

Room 109 | x2109 beichhold@saintischool.org
Miss Eichhold is a graduate of Xavier University. She has taught kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. She previously taught at St. Ursula Villa for four years. She has been a part of the 2nd grade team at St. Ignatius School since 2005. She is a lifetime member of St. Ignatius Parish. In fact, she was awarded the “Distinguished Alumna Award” in 2012! Over the years, she has been active in music ministry, as well as PSR, CRHP, VBS, and RCIA. She says, “I love to cook, travel, my faith, my family and friends, and I am a proud cancer survivor!”
Katie Rischmann
Katie Rischmann

Teacher

Room 113 | x2113 krischmann@saintischool.org
Mrs. Rischmann completed her undergraduate studies at College of Mount St. Joseph (Elementary Education K-8). She earned her master’s degree (Elementary Education) and Intervention Specialist certification (mild/moderate K-12) from Xavier University. Mrs. Rischmann is lifelong a member of St. Ignatius parish and alumna of the school. She loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, working on small home improvement projects, and watching college basketball.
Stephanie Schoenfeld
Stephanie Schoenfeld

Teacher

Room 114 | x2114 sschoenfeld@saintischool.org
Miss Schoenfeld graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2011 after studying special education. Then she returned to continue her studies and earn her Early Childhood license to become dually licensed. After earning her second licenses she decided to continue her studies at Mount St. Joseph University, and graduated in May 2018 with her Master’s in Reading Science. Miss Schoenfeld began her teaching career as a 4th grade Intervention Specialist at Summit Academy Community School. For the next two years, she was the Intervention Specialist for a multi-grade level classroom and taught students in K-2. Then she started at St. Ignatius and was the kindergarten Intervention Specialist for three years. She began teaching 2nd grade at St. Ignatius School in 2016. Miss Schoenfeld attended multiple mission trips to New Orleans to rehab homes after Hurricane Katrina. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, going to the zoo and going on adventures.
Vicki Kinney
Vicki Kinney

Intervention Specialist

Room 111 | x2423 vkinney@saintischool.org
Mrs. Kinney attended Bowling Green State University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1995. In 1999 she completed Orton-Gillingham (multi-sensory phonics instruction) training through Miami University and the Masonic Learning Center. She recently completed the requirements for a Reading Endorsement through Mount St. Joseph University. Mrs. Kinney has worked as an Intervention Specialist in Cincinnati Public Schools, Dayton Public Schools, Northwest Local Schools and LaSalle High School. She has been at St. Ignatius School since 2008. She likes to spend her free time with her family.
Mary Beth Ernst
Mary Beth Ernst

Aide

x2006-5 mernst@saintischool.org
Mrs. Ernst has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Communication. She was a manager at a Law Firm for 15 years and then a Manager at a non-profit two years. She is currently attending classes to be Orton-Gillingham certified for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Ernst has taught Children's Liturgy at St. Ignatius during 10:15 am Mass since 2013. She says that in her free time, she likes to, “spend time with my family. We go to Kings Island, the pool and vacation. I enjoy all crafts and baking.” Mrs. Ernst is originally from Columbus Ohio, and is a huge Ohio State fan! In 2004 married at St. Ignatius to her husband Rick. They have two children who attend school at St. Ignatius.
Carol Ruberg
Carol Ruberg

Aide

Grade 3

Christina Criswell
Christina Criswell

Teacher

Shannon Dauer
Shannon Dauer

Teacher

Room 213 | x2213 sdauer@saintischool.org
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Mrs. Dauer attended St. Ignatius for grade school and McAuley for high school. Then she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the College (now University) of Mount St. Joseph. She continued her studies at Xavier University, and earned a Masters degree in Education. St. Ignatius was her first job out of college, and she has been teaching at St. Ignatius since 2008. She has been a coach for Girls on the Run since 2010. She likes to spend time with her children and family.
Robin Hein
Robin Hein

Teacher

Room 214 | x2214 rhein@saintischool.org
Mrs. Hein attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in her hometown, Charlotte, NC. She has a Bachelor’s in K-6 Elementary Education and a Master's in Teaching and Learning with Technology from Ashford, University. She started her teaching career at St. Gabriel Elementary in Charlotte, NC as a long-term substitute in 5th grade. Over that summer, a 3rd grade teaching spot opened. She says, “I taught 3rd grade for four years and loved it!” She then taught 2nd grade two years, followed by one year teaching Computer class. After that she moved to Cincinnati and taught 4th grade for two years. Finally, she has moved back to 3rd grade at St. Ignatius School and has been teaching here ever since! She says, “It is important to me to spread the message about being kind, considerate, and compassionate towards others. I believe in the value of lifting others up and building confidence in their abilities as well.” In her spare time she loves to read, take walks downtown by the river with her husband, and shop!
Morgan Wagner
Morgan Wagner

Teacher

Room 208 | x2208 mwagner@saintischool.org
Miss Wagner graduated from Miami University in 2015 and received her bachelor of science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. After realizing that she wanted to become a teacher, she went back to school at Mount St. Joseph University. She graduated in 2018 with her master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in inclusive early childhood education. She previously worked at All About Kids Childcare and Learning Center. Miss Wagner loves to travel, shop, and go to Cincinnati Reds games. She says, “My family and friends are super important to me, so I love to spend time with them when I can! I have lived in Cincinnati my entire life with my parents and younger sister. My mom is a nurse, my dad is a firefighter, and my sister is in school to become a nurse.”
Beth Coffey
Beth Coffey

Intervention Specialist

Room 209 | x2430 bcoffey@saintischool.org
Miss Coffey attended Xavier University for undergrad and graduate school, and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (1-8) and a master’s degree in special education (PK-3). She taught 3rd grade at St. Francis De Sales her first 10 years of teaching. After earning her master’s she taught preschool special education for the next 12 years in the public school setting. She says, “I now have the best of both worlds teaching 3rd grade special education.” She completed the mentor training and was a mentor to new teachers when she taught preschool. She will be completing the Orton Gillingham training this summer. “I am passionate about supporting Cincinnati Lab Rescue and helping homeless animals in general. I enjoy traveling, fitness, and sports. I grew up in Madeira and still live there today. I'm fortunate and excited to be able to travel to the Holy Land this summer,” she says.
Julie Beck
Julie Beck

Aide

x2006-4 jbeck@saintischool.org
Mrs. Beck attended Mother of Mercy High School and Miami University. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration for accounting, as well as CPA certification. This summer she will train to become an Orton-Gillingham tutor. She worked at a small CPA firm as a staff accountant for three years right after college. After that she worked for Great American Insurance in their financial division for six years until she started a family and decided to stay home full-time. Mrs. Beck is a spiritual director with St. Ignatius' Women's Christ Renews His Parish program and is in charge of accounting/finance for the parish festival. She says, “My husband Greg and I met while we were both students at Miami University and have been married for almost 19 years. We have three sons.” She loves to read and do things with her family.
Mary Beth Ernst
Mary Beth Ernst

Aide

x2006-5 mernst@saintischool.org
Mrs. Ernst has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Communication. She was a manager at a Law Firm for 15 years and then a Manager at a non-profit two years. She is currently attending classes to be Orton-Gillingham certified for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Ernst has taught Children's Liturgy at St. Ignatius during 10:15 am Mass since 2013. She says that in her free time, she likes to, “spend time with my family. We go to Kings Island, the pool and vacation. I enjoy all crafts and baking.” Mrs. Ernst is originally from Columbus Ohio, and is a huge Ohio State fan! In 2004 married at St. Ignatius to her husband Rick. They have two children who attend school at St. Ignatius.

Grade 4

Roseann Engel
Roseann Engel

Math, Religion, Science

Heather Koch
Heather Koch

Math, Religion, Science

Room 303 | x2303 hkoch@saintischool.org
Miss Koch earned her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Middle Childhood Education. She also holds a Master’s from University of Dayton in Educational Leadership with a focus in Catholic Education. Before she started teaching, she ran a summer day camp and after school care program for the YMCA. She also worked at a Girl Scout Camp in high school. She says, “I travel a lot in the summer- most recently Greece, Boston and Maine. I have also been on the Holy Land pilgrimage. I currently have been to 31 states and hope to make it to all 50.” Miss Koch has a Boston Terrier named Maggie. They stay busy taking trips to the park and walks around downtown.
Andrea Schinkal
Andrea Schinkal

English, Reading, Social Studies

Beth Siemer
Beth Siemer

English, Reading, Social Studies

Room 302 | x2302 bsiemer@saintischool.org
Mrs. Siemer attended Mount St. Joseph University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with reading endorsement and early childhood. She has been teaching 4th grade at St. Ignatius School since 1990. Mrs. Siemer is a Cincy Magazine Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher, Master Teacher for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and NCEA teacher of the year. In her free time, she enjoys baby rocking at Good Sam, reading, walking, and gardening. She says, “My whole world is my husband, my kids, and my dog.”
Anna Korb
Anna Korb

Intervention Specialist

Room 304 | x2421 akorb@saintischool.org
Miss Korb earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education, Mild to Moderate, at the University of Toledo. She is currently working on Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education at Xavier University. Previously she worked at Summit Academy Cincinnati Elementary School as the 6th grade Intervention Specialist and the Intervention Teacher for Math 6th-8th grade. She says, “I created content specific to many individual needs of the students in my classes.” She enjoys travel, and has been to 10 countries, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In her free time she likes baking, and hanging out with friends and family. Fun fact? “I grew up on a pig farm, my brother and dad still raise pigs,” says Miss Korb.
Elizabeth Telles
Elizabeth Telles

Intervention Specialist

Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Aide & Orton Gillingham Tutor

x2006-6 dmeeks@saintischool.org
Mrs. Meeks attended Our Lady of Lourdes and Mother of Mercy High School, then graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Applied Science. She worked as a Systems Analyst for nine years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom and school volunteer. Mrs. Meeks was the secretary and president of her children's preschool board, a Girl Scout leader, an I-Team tester, and a Foreign Student Exchange Host. In 2012, Mrs. Meeks was hired as a Teacher's Aide at St. Ignatius, and in 2014 she became a IMSLEC-Accredited Certified Orton Gillingham Tutor. Mrs. Meeks continues to grow her knowledge of reading and phonics instruction through her membership in the International Dyslexia Association. Outside of school, Mrs. Meeks likes to read, garden, cook, spend time with family and friends, and work on home remodeling projects.
Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Aide

Grade 5

Tim Foley
Tim Foley

English, Reading, Social Studies

Chris Gemperline
Chris Gemperline

Math, Religion, Science

Sylvia Hudepohl
Sylvia Hudepohl

Math, Religion, Science

Krystine Zimmerman
Krystine Zimmerman

English, Reading, Social Studies

Room 305 | x2305 kzimmerman@saintischool.org
Ms. Zimmerman earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph for Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Reading Endorsement for K-12. For her post-graduate studies, she attended Xavier University to obtain a Fourth-Fifth Grade Generalist Endorsement. She has a graduate degree from George Washington University in International Education. She also attended a Spanish for Educators course at Northern Kentucky University. At St. William School she taught fourth through sixth grades. At St. Cecilia School she taught fourth and fifth grades. For Global Classrooms DC, she researched and wrote the Model UN curriculum, planned Model UN conferences held at the State Department, and Pan American Health Organization conferences attended by students from several states and countries. She also delivered teacher training on using Global Classrooms' curriculum and resources. For fun, she likes to hike, read, and sing in a choir.
Christine Eiser
Christine Eiser

Intervention Specialist

Jessica Huebner
Jessica Huebner

Intervention Specialist

Room 307 | x2410 jhuebner@saintischool.org
Mrs. Huebner attended the College of Mount St. Joseph, earning an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education (Mild to Moderate). She started her career at Linden Grove School, where she taught for 12 years and worked with students with autism as well as other disabilities as a classroom teacher. She says, “This school focused on the needs of the whole child, and I was able to learn a wealth of information from my co-workers (specialists, teachers, therapists) while I was there.” Mrs. Huebner is trained in Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell for Reading Comprehension, and Bal-A-Vis-X. She has lived in Cincinnati her whole life. Most of her free time is spent with her husband and son.
Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Aide & Orton Gillingham Tutor

x2006-6 dmeeks@saintischool.org
Mrs. Meeks attended Our Lady of Lourdes and Mother of Mercy High School, then graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Applied Science. She worked as a Systems Analyst for nine years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom and school volunteer. Mrs. Meeks was the secretary and president of her children's preschool board, a Girl Scout leader, an I-Team tester, and a Foreign Student Exchange Host. In 2012, Mrs. Meeks was hired as a Teacher's Aide at St. Ignatius, and in 2014 she became a IMSLEC-Accredited Certified Orton Gillingham Tutor. Mrs. Meeks continues to grow her knowledge of reading and phonics instruction through her membership in the International Dyslexia Association. Outside of school, Mrs. Meeks likes to read, garden, cook, spend time with family and friends, and work on home remodeling projects.
Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Aide

Grade 6 Homerooms

Jenny Meyer
Jenny Meyer

English, Reading

Room 314 | x2314 jmeyer@saintischool.org
Mrs. Meyer attended The College of Mount St. Joseph earning a degree in Middle Childhood Education. At Xavier University, she has completed course work for a license in Special Education (Mild to Moderate), course work for a degree in Special Education, and Highly Qualified licensure in Education. She is also a Google-Certified Teacher. In addition to her current role, she was previously a 4th grade language arts and social studies teacher at St. Ignatius School. Prior to that, Mrs. Meyer worked at St. James where she was a 6th grade language arts and religion teacher. Mrs. Meyer has volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach since 2011. She says, “For fun I like to watch TV show series with my husband, read, bake, and go to Kings Island with my kids.” She adds, “I have two daughters and a son. My husband also works at St. Ignatius. We have a dog named Maya. I'm a very big fan of Starbucks!”
Darren Renner
Darren Renner

Social Studies

Room 308 | x2308 drenner@saintischool.org
Mr. Renner has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Thomas More University. His entire teaching career has been here at St. Ignatius School. He is a former "honorary" Captain of the Reds (May 19, 2016). Mr. Renner is an avid reader. Since 2010, he has read 338 books and still counting...
Samantha Timmons
Samantha Timmons

Intervention Specialist

Room 314 | x2427 stimmons@saintischool.org
In addition to being a proud St. Ignatius alum, Mrs. Timmons went to McAuley High School and then Miami University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in special education. She will complete her Master’s of Science in special education from Xavier University in December of 2019. Throughout college, she worked at Camp Joy as a summer camp counselor. “It was there that I fell in love with working with students who have special needs and various medical diagnoses,” she says. She is now part of the Champions program at Cincinnati Children's, raising awareness and funds for the hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys acting with local theater companies, cooking for Mr. Timmons, and reading—especially by the pool during the summer!
Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Grade 7 Homerooms

Linda McGowan
Linda McGowan

English, Reading

Debbie McLaughlin
Debbie McLaughlin

Social Studies

Patricia Hericks
Patricia Hericks

Intervention Specialist

Ann Shoemaker
Ann Shoemaker

Intervention Specialist

Katie Behrle
Katie Behrle

Writing Lab

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Grade 8 Homerooms

Kara Conneighton
Kara Conneighton

English, Reading

Doug Donoghue
Doug Donoghue

English, Reading

Matt Meyer
Matt Meyer

Religion

Room 211 | x2211 mmeyer@saintischool.org
Mr. Meyer earned a BS in Middle Childhood Education with a Math/Science concentration from Xavier University in 2003. He later earned a Master’s in Special Education from Xavier University in 2013. Ever humble about his achievements as a teacher, he says, “I have won a grand total of zero awards. My awards and accomplishments take place in the form of the growth of my students.” When asked about his career path, he explained, “There once were places called "Book Stores." They were stores that sold books. I worked at one. I also worked in a pharmacy. I have held but one teaching job since 2003.” For fun, Mr. Meyer enjoys reading, watching baseball, and spending time with my family. Mr. Meyer was born and raised in the Cincinnati area. He says, “I grew up in Finneytown completely oblivious to Cincinnati's Westside / Eastside cultures. Mrs. Meyer and I have been together since the previous millennium and have three amazing children.”
Grayson Rhoades
Grayson Rhoades

Intervention Specialist

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Inclusion Services Staff

Peg Fischer
Peg Fischer

Director of Inclusion Services

Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Orton Gillingham Tutor

Angie Bien
Angie Bien

School Psychologist

Room 225 | x2225 abien@saintischool.org
Mrs. Bien attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school in School Psychology where she received her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees. She began at St. Ignatius in 2018. Prior to working here, she was in the Northwest Local School District for seven years. She worked at the preschool and elementary level while in Northwest. Every year she serves as an intern supervisor for a school psychology student from UC. She loves to travel. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Cincinnati for graduate school. Mrs. Bien says, “As a school psychologist, I enjoy collaborating with teachers, staff, parents, and students to try and develop solutions for positive outcomes for all students. I specialize in behavioral and academic interventions and complete school based evaluations for students with disabilities. I enjoy working with classrooms, small groups and individual students to develop social-emotional skills, academic skills, and behavioral skills.”
Jennifer Dermody
Jennifer Dermody

Occupational Therapist

Karen Foland
Karen Foland

Speech/Language Pathologist K-4

Amy Gillespie
Amy Gillespie

Gifted Education Specialist (Math)

Lauren Hartger
Lauren Hartger

School Psychologist

Susan Kimbrough
Susan Kimbrough

Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Orton Gillingham Tutor

Gina Reynolds
Gina Reynolds

Math

Room 221 greynolds@saintischool.org
Mrs. Reynolds attended Mount St. Joseph University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, then went to Xavier University to earn a master’s degree in Administration. Prior to joining the St. Ignatius community, she also taught fourth grade at St. John the Baptist, Harrison, and worked at St. Vincent Ferrer, Kenwood for math intervention. Mrs. Reynolds volunteers a lot at LaSalle high school and serves on their Parent Council. She is also a LaSalle Football Mom that coordinates various events for the football teams. She says, “I like to spend time with my family at their sporting events. I also enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I am married and have four sons and a girl dog!” Mrs. Reynolds was born and raised in White Oak, attended St. James, then McAuley. She adds, “I truly love teaching math at St. Ignatius. It was my dream years ago to teach math all day in a great school and I live that dream every day!”
Amy Schlessman
Amy Schlessman

Physical Therapist

Tammy Smith
Tammy Smith

Inclusion Specialist Assistant

Cynthia Sprinkle
Cynthia Sprinkle

Audiology

Pam Sullivan
Pam Sullivan

Gifted Education Specialist (Math)

Meghan Zeiser
Meghan Zeiser

Speech/Language Pathologist 5-8

Content Area Specialists

Tasha Aragaki
Tasha Aragaki

Music, Band, & Choir

Valerie Bender
Valerie Bender

Theology of the Body

Karen Games
Karen Games

Spanish (grades 6-8)

Victoria Geckle
Victoria Geckle

Theology of the Body, Virtues Education, Enrichment

Jennifer Grantham
Jennifer Grantham

Instrumental Music

JC Heisler
JC Heisler

Band

Bill Magness
Bill Magness

Director of Technology

Megan Mears
Megan Mears

Director of Innovation and Design, Choir

Jonathan Pyrak
Jonathan Pyrak

Band

Kathy Wissel
Kathy Wissel

Physical Education

Gym | x2401 kwissel@saintischool.org
Mrs. Wissel received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her teaching career began in 1991 at St. Catherine’s School where she taught for five years. She came to St. Ignatius School in 1996. She says, “I feel privileged to be a significant part of the student’s lives for nine years. My philosophy is to help each student develop self -confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, life-long fitness habits and how to be a better person. I will provide the students a safe and cooperative learning environment where all the students are able to grow and develop to their full potential.” In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, attending University of Cincinnati athletic events and hanging out with her family.

Student Services

Emily Branscum
Emily Branscum

Youth Ministry

Diane Byard
Diane Byard

School Aide

Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell

Plant Manager

Kathy Reder
Kathy Reder

School Nurse

Beth Reynolds
Beth Reynolds

Cafeteria Manager

June Walke
June Walke

After School Care Coordinator

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