Our Staff

Linden Grove School’s most valuable resource is its compassionate, dedicated staff. Read below for an inside look at the motivations and personalities of these talented individuals.


Kassidy Abel

Occupational Therapist

Kassidy Abel loves doing things outside, and especially loves spending time at the lake. Unsurprisingly, if she could travel anywhere it would be to Greece, with its many islands and one of the longest coastlines in the world. The one thing she cannot resist? Any type of candy—she has a big sweet tooth!

Katy Bachman

4-6 Team Teacher

Mrs. Bachman’s favorite thing about teaching at LGS is the kids and the sense of community. Walk into her classroom, and you know she also has a love for books and picture books! Unsurprisingly, her favorite activity is reading – preferably while lying by a pool or on a beach. And what is the food item(s) she simply cannot resist! Reese Cups and Kit-Kats!

Mary Beisler

K-2 Team Teacher

Matt Brill, MS, BCBA

Behavior Coordinator

Sour candy, spike ball, smart phone and students. “Sour candy” is the thing Mr. Brill cannot resist, and “spike ball” is his favorite indoor/outdoor activity. His “smartphone” is the one thing he couldn’t live without. And “students”? The best thing about working at LGS, of course!

Jaime Bryant

Ms. Bryant is currently reading Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, a novel about two girls growing up in rural India – each girl a shining light even in the worst of times. Ms. Bryant is a shining light at Linden Grove School, always with a smile for every student and staff person.

Lisa Carpenter

6-8 Team Teacher

Ms. Carpenter can’t imagine living without dogs in her home—and she loves the LGS therapy dogs! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family, fishing, making jewelry, sewing, practicing nail art, or antique shopping. The one thing she can’t resist: a McDonalds fountain Coke with light ice.

Catherine Carpinelli, MS CF/SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Jen Clark

Behavior Coordinator

“Take Chances, Make Mistakes and Get Messy!” is the motto of The Magic School Bus’s Ms. Frizzle - and Ms. Stolze. Ms. Stolze also LOVES everything Harry Potter, and would love to hear the untold stories. When she’s not at LGS Ms. Stolze enjoys being an aunt and playing with her four dogs.

Tedi Clements

2-4 Team Teacher

If Miss Clements were to host a party, she would invite the two most important people in her life, her mom and her grandma, and serve their favorite meal—breakfast! Miss Clements’s favorite travel destination is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla. She loves singing and listening to all kinds of music. And her favorite food? Mountain Dew and Reese’s Cups.

Laura Detzel

Speech Language Pathologist

Mrs. Detzel, beginning her fifth year at LGS, loves getting to know each student’s unique personality and watching the students make progress. Her favorite vacation destination is a toss-up between the Grand Cayman and Harry Potter World – a tough choice! When at home, she loves her coffee and spending time in her garden.

Brooke Eagan

PE Teacher

Miss Eagan’s favorite travel experience was a mission trip to Cancun, Mexico because “the people were so welcoming and appreciative, and we got to experience another culture.” At LGS, Miss Eagan’s favorite thing is working with the students, and her greatest inspiration is her niece, Ryann, a student on the 2-4 team. In her free time Miss Eagan enjoys reading and volleyball.

Alex Ely

Para Educator

Mr. Ely’s favorite thing about LGS is building a connection with each kid and learning about their interests. When he’s not at school, he loves spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, and more, so it’s no surprise his favorite trip was to Alaska. If Mr. Ely could be any animal he would like to be a wolf, known for its intelligence, loyalty and awesomeness!

Elizabeth Ewers

School Secretary/SCNA

Mrs. Ewers says if she could learn anything it would be to ride a motorcycle. Perhaps her interest is inspired by the book she is currently reading with her son: The Mouse and the Motorcycle. The one person she would most like to meet? Judy Garland, because “I love all musicals and she could sing!” Her favorite thing about working at LGS is our families – and it shows!

Chelsea Foster

6-8 Team Teacher

Miss Foster would love to learn to cook because “people ask me to bring paper towels to functions.” Her grandmother – her biggest inspiration and best friend – a great cook; Miss Foster especially loves her chicken and dumplings! Outside of LGS Miss Foster is busy with grad school and plays in a woman’s volleyball league; and she loves cranking up country music in her car.

Scott Fox MA CCC-SLP

Speech and Language

Alana Freeman

6-8 Team Para Educator

Ms. Freeman believes the key to successful teaching is developing rapport with the students. She’s glad to be at LGS not only because of the wonderful students but also because staff members are welcoming and inviting. Ms. Freeman would love to learn how to dance hip-hop or contemporary style, explaining, “I used to dance when I was younger . . . it’s a hobby I would love to pick back up!"

Megan Gronauer, MT-BC

Music Teacher

Mrs. Gronauer says her favorite thing about working at LGS is the staff’s dedication to encouraging student to become their best selves, adding “I think the students feel this and by showing how amazing they are.” Outside of school, Mrs. Gronauer enjoys knitting, cross stitching and crafting; as well as doing jigsaw puzzles and singing with her community choir.

Erin Hoffman

4-6 Team Teacher

Mrs. Hoffman appreciates the opportunity to work with LGS’s supportive and passionate staff — and an amazing group of students. Her favorite travel destination to-date is Paris, including Picasso’s studio and Van Gogh’s apartment; but she would love to visit more countries including New Zealand, Thailand, and Croatia. No doubt future trips will include her favorite pastime, watercolors!

Brendan Horell, MST

Curriculum Coordinator

Mr. Horell cites his father as his greatest inspiration — the most patient, wisest, and caring person, with a genuine love for all people. In his free time, Mr. Horell loves Skyline Chili as well as board games and card games; and he cites his most memorable vacation spot as Niagara Falls, explaining, “It was truly humbling to stand in the presence of such a natural wonder.”

Michael Kennedy

6-8 Team Teacher

Mr. Kennedy would love to host a dinner party for Paul Brown, Walter Payton, Knute Rockne, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Nikola Tesla — Mr. Kennedy obviously has a love for sports and science! Regarding LGS, he states: “The students are my favorite part of working at Linden Grove School: they inspire and challenge me to be a better teacher and person.”

Becky Kiehborth

4-6 Team Para Educator

Australia is Mrs. Kiehborth’s favorite travel destination. She explains that while the flight there can seem almost unbearable, it’s definitely worth it—the scenery, climate, friendly people and animals are amazing.  Mrs. Kiehborth also loves to read and would love to learn to speed read so she could consume books at a faster rate. She’s currently enjoying the historical romance series Outlander.

Maja Kinnear

Speech Language Pathologist

Mrs. Kinnear says the best thing about working at LGS is “every day comes with a new challenge, a new adventure, a new success.” Her personal philosophy is “All you need is love, because if your decision-making is governed by love, you are unlikely to make huge mistakes.” Mrs. Kinnear favors ordering pizza for family/friends over a dinner party and, the thing she can’t resist? Nutella!

Dawn Klinczar

Sensory Coordinator

As Sensory Coordinator, Mrs. Klinczar helps develop a personal sensory plan for each student to maximize his or her learning potential. At home, Mrs. Klinczar finds her Zen in gardening. Her greatest treasure is her family – including the furry ones; and, if she won the lottery, she would open an animal sanctuary offering field trips for children.

Kathleen Koller

2-4 Team Teacher

Mrs. Koller loves learning the individual needs and strengths of each of her students. At home she enjoys listening to country music as well as art and crafts, particularly painting and making wreaths. The one thing she cannot resist? Reese’s cups!

Leah Kubachka

4-6 Team Teacher

Three words Mrs. Kubachka uses to describe herself are: mom, organized, and determined. Her favorite things about working at LGS are the people she works with, the programs offered by LGS, and the reward of seeing her students’ accomplishments. Her ideal vacation is relaxing on a beach with a stack of romance novels. The one thing she can’t resist? Holiday shaped Reese Cups!

Kimberly Kuehnle

6-8 Team Teacher

Ms. Kuehnle is a history buff, so understandably her favorite places to visit are Philadelphia, Charleston, and Washington D.C. She also loves the water; she loves to canoe and would like to learn how to scuba dive. Whether traveling or at home, the foods she cannot resist are dark chocolate, carrot cake, and any type of pie!

Gloriana Laskowski

Art Teacher

Ms. Laskowski’s favorite travel destination is the archipelago island country Seychelles, known for its numerous beaches, coral reefs, nature reserves, and rare animals. Unsurprisingly, if she could be any animal she would be a dolphin. At home, there are two things Ms. Laskowski can’t live without: her children and her thermos. Her favorite food? King crab legs and ice cream Snicker bars.

Shelley Lee

2-4 Team Teacher

Ms. Lee’s favorite thing about LGS is getting to know the students and following their motivations because “it gives me a glimpse into their world.” Outside of LGS, Ms. Lee enjoys sports and especially basketball—she and her dad played college basketball, and now her high school-aged son would like to do the same. What the one thing Ms. Lee can’t resist? French-fries with ketchup!

Jason Loar

6-8 Team Teacher

Mr. Loar cites as his greatest inspiration Bill Nye the Science Guy, and would have loved to meet Stephen Hawking “to learn about the universe through his eyes.” He loves teaching at LGS because “the whole staff is willing to help anyone out at any time — they are the friendliest group of people I have ever worked with.” Mr. Loar is valued for his caring nature and creativity.

Joe Luken

6-8 Team Teacher, Para Educator

What Mr. Luken loves about LGS is that everyone, from the parents to the staff, is focused on the same objective: helping students achieve their best! In his free time he enjoys cooking, watching basketball, and collecting and listening to vinyl records. As a teacher, the one thing he can’t do without? COFFEE!

Tonia McCants

Human Resources

Mrs. McCants describes traveling to Alaska as one of the greatest experiences of her life, explaining, “Everything from the air to the water was simply pure and breathtaking.” In her spare time, she enjoys listening to jazz or R&B and making art, her favorite being resin art. Ms. Bettie has a difficult time resisting everything sweet, and absolutely cannot live without her family.

Jenny McGraw

4-6 Team Teacher

Ms. McGraw describes herself as driven, thoughtful, and understanding; colleagues and parents might describe her as “happy — from the inside out.” She always sees the positive, and she takes joy in daily activities, especially when they involve her two children! It’s no surprise she sites beautiful California as a favorite place to travel because of its “perfect mix of mountains and ocean.”

Logan Mithoefer, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Matt Mobilio, M.Ed.

Director of Technology

As Director of Technology, Mr. Mobilio oversees the use of technology for educational and business purposes, but his favorite thing about working at LGS is Robotics! In his free time, he likes playing guitar (Kurt Cobain is his guitar hero) and listening to the English rock band Radiohead. And what’s the one thing he simply can’t resist? Cashews.

Whitney Moore

6-8 Team Teacher

“Amazing!" That’s how Ms. Moore often describe student projects as well as the students themselves, explaining, “Each student is unique and brings happiness into the classroom in different ways; I learn as much from them as they do from me!” When she’s not teaching Ms. Moore loves sports and games ranging from softball to Skip-Bo (and she’s very competitive!)  

Cindi Naveh, M.Ed.

4-6 Team Teacher

Mrs. Naveh’s personal philosophy is “Be the best person you can be every day,” and it shows in her daily interactions with students and adults. Her favorite things about LGS are the added supports provided to help students succeed, and that LGS students feel “safe” being themselves. Outside of school, her favorite activities are hiking and snorkeling, preferably in Hawaii!

Cosette Neely

Behavior Specialist

If Mrs. Neely could be any animal she would choose an elephant because they are majestic, have no natural predators, and have incredible memories. The two people she would most like to meet are conservationist and animal welfare champion Jane Goodall, and Gene Kelly! Mrs. Neely describes herself as positive, adaptive and caring – and we completely agree!

Christine Nieport, M.Ed.

Director of Student Services

Mrs. Nieport loves the sense of community at Linden Grove School and how everyone — staff students and families — care about each other and want to see everyone succeed. She is a HUGE Disney fan and if she won the lottery, (and after doing sensible things like paying off her mortgage,) she would plan trips to every Disney location around the world.

Tabitha Risk

2-4 Team Teacher

Ms. Risk describes herself as persistent, an advocate, and a perfectionist. She appreciates any opportunity to see what others in the education field are doing, and gain new ideas and inspiration from them. In her free time, Ms. Risk enjoys curling up on the couch with a good book or movie, perhaps with one of her favorite foods: chocolate cake and peanut butter pie!

Jessi Ross, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Toni Schwegler

4-6 Team Para Educator

Mrs. Schwegler says if she won the lottery the first thing she would do is pay off her house and then share! Mrs. Schwegler loves working at LGS because “the kids are so lovable and so challenging at the same time.” When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family including watching her grandkids play sports.

Shawn Scott

Finance Coordinator

Like many of us, Mr. Scott loves a good cup of coffee in the morning. If he won the lottery, he states the first thing he would do is indulge in a tasting menu at a great restaurant. The thing Mr. Scott likes best about working at LGS is the school’s unique services which positively impact students and families. The thing he values most personally? The comfort of family and friends.

Molly Sexton

4-6 Para Educator

Molly Sexton describes herself as bubbly, busy and blonde. Outside of LGS she teaches dance and loves musical theatre and pop music. Some day she would love to travel to Greece, because she loves the movie “Mamma Mia!,” which was largely filmed on the island of Skopelos, Greece.

Trisha Sigurdson

6-8 Team Para Educator

“Live each day with purpose and kindness to others,” is Mrs. Sigurdson’s personal philosophy — and she lives it! If Mrs. Sigurdson could meet anyone, living or dead, she says it would be Princess Diana because “She was a first class lady that cared for others and made people feel special and loved.” Her favorite vacation? A peaceful family vacation in the Grand Caymans!

Kerry Stegman

K-2 Team Para Educator

Candace Stevens

Behavior Coordinator

If Ms. Stevens could be any animal it would be a hummingbird because “they’re beautiful and never in one place for too long.” As a behavior coordinator, Ms. Stevens moves throughout the building every day, never staying in one place too long, helping students “become all that they can be.” When she’s not at LGS, she enjoys Starbucks, baking/cooking, and hiking.

Julie Szawaluk

Admin Assistant

Kate Szawaluk

2-4 Para Educator

Kristin Tennyson

Head of School

Mrs. Tennyson states her biggest inspiration are her kids because “they make me want to be the best I can be and they push me to do things I wouldn’t otherwise try.” Mrs. Tennyson also identifies her Grandma Thate as the person she would most like to spend more time with “to learn everything about her life . . . something you don’t realize is important when you’re a kid.”

Bionca Toney

K-2 Team Para Educator

Mrs. Toney's favorite thing about working at Linden Grove School is the amount of support staff receive as well as the genuine care and love shown for LGS students. Outside of LGS Mrs. Toney enjoys mystery books and any kind of music, and simply cannot resist pop and candy. Her favorite vacation was to Cozumel, Mexico; and if she hosted a party she would serve . . . nachos!

Tiana Tribble

2-4 Para Educator

If Ms. Tribble could meet anyone it would be her birthday twin, Michelle Obama. She would love to travel to Greece, Jamaica, and Cape Town, South Africa, to enjoy the beautiful waters of the first two locations, as well as to meet the locals and enjoy their cuisine. Relaxing at home, she enjoys fiction and a variety of music

Christina Waddle

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Ms. Waddle is responsible for Linden Grove School’s Signature Event and Crazy Golf, as well as the school’s website, newsletters, Facebook posts, and more. Outside of school, Ms. Waddle is a voracious reader (80 to 100 books a year!) and enjoys listening to music, cooking, or simply relaxing with her feline housemate Finnegan.

Julie Wagner

K-2 Team Teacher

Ms. Wagner says her favorite vacation was to Jamaica where she climbed the Dunes River Falls – one of the country’s greatest treasures. If she won the lottery, Ms. Wagner would pay off her house and her car, and then buy a lime green Jeep Wrangler. Her love of adventure also shows in her enthusiasm for teaching and working with LGS’s youngest students – and we are grateful!

Magda Wenda

Ms. Wenda says if she could meet any person it definitely would be Tutankhamun, so she could ask what motivated him to act and overcome obstacles. Her greatest inspiration is Anja Ringgren Loven, founder of Land of Hope in Nigeria. Ms. Wenda’s favorite travel destination? Cyprus, because the people are nice, the food is great, and those views . . . !

Margaret Wink

2-4 Team Teacher

Mrs. Wink is new to LGS this year, and appreciates the community feel among the staff and how they support one another. In her free time she enjoys TedTalks, dystopian novels, running and bubble baths. Because of her love of history, her favorite travel destination is Washington D.C.

Emily Woebkenberg

K-2 Team Para Educator

Ms. Woebkenberg says the one thing she could not live without is dance – she has been dancing for 20 years! Her favorite travel destination to date is China, where Ms. Woebkenberg enjoyed learning about their culture and traditions, and viewing the breathtaking Wall of China. But her favorite inspiration? Her mother, a teacher for 30 years as well as a published author.

Bridget Wuebbling, M.Ed., BCBA

Assistant Head of School

Wandering is Ms. Wuebbling’s favorite activity, whether it be on the trails of Mt. Airy Forest, the streets of Paris, or the blocks of her Cincinnati neighborhood. She also believes “each person’s path through life is unique,” adding that it is important to ask questions and experience things for yourself to find the path that makes sense for you.