Our Faculty and Staff

Administration

Patty Normile, Principal

  • B.S., College of Professional Studies, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Certification, Xavier University
  • 24th year at Mercy Montessori

Lisa Klus, Assistant Principal

  • B.S., Montessori, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Cincinnati
  • American Montessori Society Pre-Primary, Elementary I, and Secondary I & II
  • Certification, Xavier University and CMSTEP
  • Reading Endorsement K-12, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • 2nd year at Mercy Montessori

Christine Byrnes, Business Manager

  • B.A., Sociology, Miami University
  • 2nd year at Mercy Montessori

Amy Scull, School Receptionist

  • A.S., Sullivan University
  • 2nd year at Mercy Montessori

Advancement

Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director & Office Manager

  • Associates in Secondary Education, University of Cincinnati
  • 6th year at Mercy Montessori

Kara Olding, Director of Advancement

  • B.S., Health & Human Consumer Sciences, Business Administration, Ohio University
  • 2nd year at Mercy Montessori

Gretchen Hooker, Director of Communications

  • B.A. Mass Communication, Miami University
  • 1st year at Mercy Montessori

Custodial

Eddie Elliott

  • 16th year at Mercy Montessori

Faculty/Staff

Extended Day Childcare

Sara Daniels, Childcare

  • B.S., Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • 4th year at Mercy Montessori

Madhuri Rawat, Childcare

  • B.A., Economics, English, Sociology, Geography HNB University, India
  • M.S., Geography, HNB University, India
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • 1st year at Mercy Montessori

Linda Wright, 3-6 Childcare Directress

  • Attended Edgecliff College
  • Certified Childcare Provider
  • Completed Montessori Assistant Program, Mercy Montessori
  • First Aid, CPR Trained
  • 43rd Year at Mercy Montessori

Primary Level

Jodie Denney, 3-6 Directress

  • B.S., Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Xavier University
  • Cincinnati, Montessori Board
  • American Montessori Society Pre-Primary Certification, Xavier University
  • Reading Endorsement K-5th, Mercy Montessori
  • 5th year at Mercy Montessori
  • Mercy Montessori Class of 1995 (6th Grade)

Diane Fee, 3-6 Directress

  • B.A. in Education, Wittenberg University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary Certification, Xavier University
  • 9th year at Mercy Montessori

Whitney Gleason, 3-6 Directress

  • B.S., Political Science, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Pre-Primary Certification, Xavier University
  • 8th year at Mercy Montessori
  • Mercy Montessori Class of 1997

Tricia Grawe, 3-6 Assistant

  • B.S., Montessori, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Pre-Primary Certification, Xavier University
  • 14th year at Mercy Montessori

Becky Monahan, 3-6 Assistant and Swim Assistant

  • B.S., Business Management, University of Cincinnati
  • Masters Certificate, Project Management, Stevens Institute
  • M.Ed., Elementary, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Certification, Xavier University – expected completion 2015
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instruction, CPR & First Aid
  • 6th year at Mercy Montessori

Yvonne Reissig, 3-6 Directress

  • B.M., Potsdam College, Crane School of Music
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Certification, Xavier University
  • 30th year at Mercy Montessori

Christy Vonderschmidt, 3-6 Assistant

  • B.S., Montessori Education, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Certification, Xavier University
  • 1st year at Mercy Montessori

Bonni Weber, 3-6 Assistant

  • B.A., Elementary Education (1-8), Edgecliff College
  • AMI Montessori Certificate, Edgecliff College
  • 18th year at Mercy Montessori

Lower Elementary

Susan Flaspohler, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S., Montessori, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Reading, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Certification, Xavier University
  • Reading Endorsement K-12, Xavier University
  • 14th year at Mercy Montessori

Melissa Himmelbauer, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S. Communications Education,Miami University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • Ohio Certificate k-3, 7-12
  • Reading Endorsement k-12
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Certificate
  • AMS teacher member
  • 13th year at Mercy Montessori

Chris Krumdieck, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Thomas More College
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Certification, Xavier University
  • 14th year at Mercy Montessori

Heidi Larson, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S., Child Development, University of Minnesota
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • Ohio PK -3rd Grade Certification
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Certification, Xavier University
  • 7th year at Mercy Montessori

Noreen Sullivan, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S.B.A., Finance, Xavier University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • Reading Certificate, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Certification, Xavier University
  • 3rd year at Mercy Montessori

Beth Woeber, 6-9 Directress

  • B.S., Social Work, Ohio University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Certification, Xavier University
  • Ohio Certification/licenser pk-3
  • 5th year at Mercy Montessori

Upper Elementary

Carla Booth, 9-12 Directress

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Miami University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Certification, Xavier University
  • Certified Catechesis, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • 21st year at Mercy Montessori

Libby Cherrington, 9-12 Directress

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Boston University
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Certification, Xavier University
  • Elementary Education k-8
  • 4th year at Mercy Montessori
  • Mercy Montessori Class of 1994

Marybeth Flaspohler, 9-12 Directress

  • B.A., English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Certification, Xavier University
  • 21st year at Mercy Montessori

Steve Hartman, 9-12 Director

  • B.S., Health & Science University of Cincinnati
  • American Montessori Society Elementary II Certification, Xavier University
  • Certified Catechesis, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • 28th year at Mercy Montessori

Phyllis Schomaker, 9-12 Directress

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Edgecliff College
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • Levels 1 & 2 Orton Gillingham
  • 15th year at Mercy Montessori

Mary Ann Zerhusen, 9-12 Directress

  • B.S., Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, Xavier University
  • Certified Secondary Mathematics (7-12)
  • 3rd year at Mercy Montessori

Junior High

Sister Mary Aloyse Gerhardstein, Junior High Directress

  • B.S., Education, Anthenaeum of Ohio
  • B.M., University of Cincinnati
  • M.Ed., Education with a field in Chemistry, Xavier University
  • 9-12 Montessori Certification, Bergamo, Italy
  • 33rd year at Mercy Montessori

Keith Kaiser, Junior High Director

  • B.S., Mathematics, Xavier University
  • 7-12 Math, Physics Certification, Xavier University
  • 27th year at Mercy Montessori

Lindsey Beiting, Junior High Directress

  • B.A., English, Hanover College
  • MEd, Secondary Education, Xavier University
  • Currently working on Secondary I & II American Montessori Society certification, CMSTEP
  • 1st year at Mercy Montessori

Elizabeth Zerhusen, Junior High Directress

  • B.S., Montessori Education, Xavier University (graduation date: December, 2014)
  • Currently working on Secondary I & II American Montessori Society certification, CMSTEP
  • 1st year at Mercy Montessori
  • Mercy Montessori Class of 2006

Resource and Support Staff

Margy Drennon, Intervention Specialist

  • B.S. Education, Concentration in Language Arts, Edgecliff College
  • M.Ed., Counseling, Xavier University
  • License, State of Ohio Intervention Specialist (CPS)
  • Permanent Teaching Certificate Grades 1-8
  • Highly Qualified Reading/Lang. Arts (1-12) and Math (1-8) Teacher
  • 7th year at Mercy Montessori

Jennifer Duncan, K-3 Religion

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Miami University
  • Advanced Certified Catechist, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Certified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level 1
  • 10th year at Mercy Montessori

Heidi Edmondson, Upper El and Junior High Music

Julie Franke, Speech and Language

Mary Gaffey, Jon Peterson Scholarship Coordinator

  • B.S., Middle Childhood Education & Lang. Arts/Social Studies, University of Dayton
  • M.Ed., Montessori, Xavier University
  • Intervention Special license, moderate to severe
  • 6th year at Mercy Montessori

Tom Grant, Athletic Director

  • B.S., Miami University
  • 5 year license, special all grades k-12 Physical Education
  • 31st year at Mercy Montessori

Ann Henning, Primary and Lower El Music

  • B.A., Psychology, Cedarville University
  • Certificate Music Education, Ball State University
  • 7th year at Mercy Montessori

Cathy Herring, Art

  • B.A., Mount St. Joseph
  • M.Ed., Art, Miami University
  • Art Specialist Certification K-12
  • 27th year at Mercy Montessori

Cynthia F. Kelly, Title 1 Tutor

  • B.S. Education from Miami
  • M.Ed. Reading Specialist: Xavier University
  • M.A.T. Environmental Education: Miami University
  • Orton Gillingham Trained
  • Professional Teaching Certificate from State of Ohio K-12
  • 7th year at Mercy Montessori

Elaine Lynch, Technology and 6-9 Instructional Assistant

  • B.A., Fine Arts and Art History, George Mason University
  • M.F.A., New Mexico State University
  • 1st year at Mercy

Janis Mecklenborg, Peterson Speech and Language

  • B.Ed, Speech and Hearing Therapy K-12, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S., Speech Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Ohio License in Speech Pathology
  • Professional Teaching Certificate from State of Ohio K-12
  • 9th year at Mercy Montessori

John Ortman, School Psychologist

  • B.S., Secondary Education, Ohio State University
  • M.S., School Psychology, University of Dayton
  • 24th year at Mercy Montessori

Lynn Smythe, Librarian

Kathy Swensson, Peterson Tutor

  • B.S. Elementary Education, University of Cincinnati
  • M.Ed., Science of Reading, College of Mt. St. Joseph (completion Fall 2014)
  • Reading Endorsement K-12 (completion Fall 2014)
  • IMSLEC Certified Instructor/Trainer/Tutor Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Reading Program
  • Co-Director Orton Gillingham Course for Mayerson Academy and College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Teaching Certificate Grades 1-8
  • 7th year at Mercy Montessori