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

Katie Bourdeau

Art Teacher

Unsurprisingly, the one thing Ms. Bourdeau can’t live without is art! She especially loves drawing things in nature and would love to be a bird because she’s sure they have great views from the sky. Her favorite travel destination to date is Mt. Rainier in Washington—the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States

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!

Felicia Brown

2-4 Team Para Educator

Miss Brown enjoys experiencing diverse destinations! She has enjoyed New York during the winter, and would love to take her boys to Disney World. But her favorite vacation experience to date is Jamaica! At home, she loves crossword puzzles and the television show "Law and Order." Miss Brown enjoys getting to know current LGS students as well as alums who return to work or volunteer.

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.

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

Miss Clements loves listening and singing to music, any and all kinds. She also enjoys painting and board games as well as spending time with her cats Phoebe and Oliver. Three words that describe her are goofy, organized and compassionate. She loves teaching at LGS because the school really cares about its students and staff.

Marlee DeSplinter, MS CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Miss DeSplinter loves sharing about her trip to Tanzania, where she had the opportunity to learn about another culture and teach in a school. At the end of her stay she went on a safari, which she describes as “amazing!” While at home, Miss DeSplinter enjoys going on walks and also loves to read; she’s currently reading books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Colleen Hoover and Fredrick Bachman.

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.

Alex Ely

Recreation Coordinator

Mr. Ely loves to do anything outdoors, including hiking, fishing, para-sailing, and camping. He explains, “It is my peaceful time when I reconnect with myself.” At LGS, Mr. Ely enjoys building personal relationships with each individual student and seeing them grow year after year. He describes himself as compassionate, empathetic, and a deep thinker.

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 Language Pathologist

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.

Kim Hargrow

2-4 Team Teacher

When she travels home to Mississippi, Mrs. Hargrow can never resist a slice of her cousin’s sweet potato pie! Mrs. Hargrow also enjoys fishing “because it is so stress relieving and peaceful.” She cites her mom as her biggest inspiration, explaining, “She has shown me by example how to be a good wife, mother and friend.” Given the opportunity, Mrs. Hargrow would love to learn the Swahili language.

Erin Hoffman

Curriculum Coordinator

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!

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

2-4 Team Floater

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!

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!

Shelley Lee

4-6 Team Teacher

Ms. Lee’s favorite thing about LGS is connecting with the amazing students. Her family has three generations of college basketball players: her dad, herself, and her eldest son, Theisen. Ms. Lee’s favorite place to travel is Alaska—she loves the fresh air, snow-capped mountains, hiking, and wildlife.

Yvonne Leverett

Behavior Coordinator

Miss Leverett describes herself as empathetic, positive and passionate! She says her mom is her biggest inspiration, explaining, “She’s the most caring and strong person I know.” Her best friend is her dog, Fendi. Miss Leverett says the best part about working at LGS is “we are all one big family” and everyone is friendly and helpful. And that includes Miss Leverett, herself.

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

Physical Education Teacher

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.

Vaun Mitchell

4-6 Team Para Educator

Ms. Mitchell describes herself as upbeat, resilient and a healer. The one thing she couldn’t live without? GLITTER! If she won the lottery she would hire a brilliant marketing team to help spread awareness for her mental health awareness brand “Mental Health is Sexy.”™ If she could meet any person, living or dead, Ms. Mitchell says it would definitely be Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha.

Logan Mithoefer, COTA/L

Occupational Therapist

Mrs. Mithoefer is currently reading a lot of parenting/development books with mystery novels mixed in for fun. When they have an opportunity to travel, she and her husband—now with their kids—are working toward visiting all the national parks. On their honeymoon they visited the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and slot canyons. They also rafted the Colorado River!

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 Coordinator

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

K-2 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!

Toni Schwegler

4-6 Team Para Educator

Mrs. Schwegler, family is everything. If she could throw a dinner party she would invite her extended family and serve hot dogs and hamburgers. If she won the lottery, she would take care of her kids and her grandkids. On her own, she loves listening to classic rock and snacking on chips. Her favorite thing about LGS? All the people and everyone’s flexibility.

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 Team Teacher

Molly Sexton describes herself as bubbly, busy and blonde. If she could be any animal she would be a meerkat because they love to lay in the sunshine and they settle rivalries with eating contests! She loves coffee and music (and is currently listening to Taylor Swift on repeat). The one thing she can’t resist? Holiday Reese’s cups!

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!

Val Souza

6-8 Team Para Educator

Mrs. Souza loves traveling through Europe because of the food! If she won the lottery she would buy a palace in Italy—and no doubt enjoy Italian cuisine! The one thing she couldn’t live without is her family, and she also loves snuggling with her puppy. At LGS, she enjoys building connections with students and watching them grow and succeed!

Kerry Stegman

K-2 Team Para Educator

Nicci Stemler

4-6 Team Para Educator

Miss Stemler would entitle her autobiography “The Adventures of Snarky and Shenanigans.” No doubt her book would include antics of her two dogs and five cats! If she could be any animal, Miss Stemler would like to be a cat to lie around all day, climb high places (and curtains), and demand pets all day. She looks forward to traveling back to Ireland where she lived for six months while student teaching

Julie Szawaluk

Admin Assistant

Kate Szawaluk

2-4 Team 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.”

Tiana Tribble

2-4 Team 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

Michelle VanBergen

6-8 Team Teacher

If Mrs. VanBergen hosted a dinner party she would invite friends and immediate family “because they’re easy to talk to and help me relax.” She’d serve pizza, “the best food in the world.” In her free time, Mrs. VanBergen enjoys cycling on trails with her 1-year-old in a carrier. “I love the fast feeling, the exercise feeling, and the shared joy with my baby."

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

Behavior Coordinator

Mrs. Wenda loves working at LGS because everyone shares the same values and is working toward shared goals. Outside of school, she enjoys time with family and friends, going for walks, watching movies, and cooking. She loves to organize parties for her friends and family because it’s an opportunity for her to get creative in the kitchen and try new recipes.

Emily Woebkenberg

K-2 Team Teacher

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.

Lee Jean Zech

6-8 Team Para Educator

For Mrs. Zech, the best part about working at LGS is “the look on the kid’s face when the new lesson finally clicks.” In her free time she enjoys reading, especially the She Can Series of romantic suspense/mystery novels by Melinda Leigh. And if she won the lottery, Mrs. Zech would first set up college funds for all of her grandchildren and then take another trip to Ireland!