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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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!
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Terry Davis is a graduate of Miami University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy. She also completed her Masters of Science degree at Miami. After graduating, she was hired by the Hamilton County Educational Service Center to work as a speech/language pathologist in the schools. Additional work experience includes working at summer therapy clinics at Cincinnati Speech & Hearing Center, Easter Seals, and private speech/language therapy.
Mrs. Davis is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology. She is licensed through the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board and holds a Professional School Speech/Language Pathology license through the Ohio Department of Education. The Council for Exceptional Children in Ohio selected her as the 2015 Ohio Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.
Mrs. Davis has worked as a speech/language pathologist at St. Ignatius School since 1992. She also serves as the school’s Inclusion Coordinator.
As a child Mrs. Weickgenant attended elementary Catholic schools in Vista, California. She earned her BA in psychology at the University of Calif. at San Diego (UCSD). She completed her general education teaching license and part of her Master’s in Special Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). In 2008 she completed her Master’s and graduated from Xavier University with a degree and a license in Special Education. That same year she started teaching here at St. Ignatius School. Mrs. Weickgenant taught for the Northwest Local School District intermittently beginning in 1979. She also taught health education for a Catholic Program called Healthy Moms & Babes and the Mercy-Franciscan Hospital. For 20 years she was a childbirth educator and doula.
In 2010, she was certified to teach students with the dyslexia reading disability and mentor other teachers while they are completing their training. She coordinates the Orton -Gillingham supplemental reading program at St. Ignatius School, one of the few schools in the area that has its own program. She enjoys helping with the VBS program at St. Ignatius Church in the summer. She loves reading for leisure and traveling.
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.