Jill Gaughan – Orton Gillingham Tutor
Jill has worked as an intervention specialist, a reading specialist, and an Orton-Gillingham tutor since 2000. She obtained her M.Ed. degree from Miami University with a concentration in reading education, completed Orton Gillingham training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Cincinnati, and currently serves as a master teacher trainer/consultant for Orton practitioners through the Mayerson Academy.
Shannon Buckner – Intervention Specialist
In 2005, Shannon earned a degree in Special Education: Hearing Impaired/Deaf Education and Special Education: Mild Interventions from Ball State University. During her studies, she completed several practicums including two residential internships at the Indiana School for the Deaf and St. Rita’s School for the Deaf. She began her teaching career at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori School in 2008 as an intervention specialist and works with students who participate in the Autism Scholarship Program as well as The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program. In addition to teaching, Shannon also works as a parent coach for Child in Bloom, a local company that supports parents and educators. Shannon and her husband, Joe, are born and raised west-siders and reside in Green Township with their two young children, Solomon and Mary Catherine. She is passionate about her work with children and is very family-focused. When she does have free time, she enjoys crafting and rehabbing their new home.
Mary Schwartz – Intervention Specialist
Mary graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Xavier University. She began her career teaching middle school students with special needs in the Northwest Local School District. After her first child was born, she switched to part-time at the high school level, but felt the call to stay home full-time with her growing family. She and her husband, Jeff, have four children, Josef, Sarah, Thomas, and Matthew. When her youngest child began kindergarten, she returned to the classroom by substitute teaching at her children’s schools. Once she completed the coursework to renew her teaching licenses, she was blessed to have been hired as the middle school interventionist at GSCM in 2012 serving students on the Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarships. In addition to spending time with her family, including yearly vacations with her extended family, she enjoys reading, camping, and biking.
Maryann Ziemer – After School Care
Maryann Ziemer retired from teaching in 2007 and assists in the GSCM After-care program. For a number of years she has substituted at our school in various grade levels, and in subjects from art and music to physical education. With a B.S. in Chemistry (Carnegie Mellon University), and interests in the arts — whether visual, literary, or musical — Maryann enjoys sharing her insights and appreciation of God’s creation with children. She has experience in teaching preschool (Curé of Ars), kindergarten (St. Thomas More), and seventh grade religious education. Based on her background in the sciences, and deriving much from her original classroom ideas and teaching experience, she writes and has published credits in subjects related to health, science and education. Maryann is a member of St. John Fisher Church where she sings in the choir and is involved in other ministries. She is a watercolor artist who also likes to cook creatively, read widely, and hike in wilderness areas of the West. She is the mother of four, the grandmother of three. She was widowed in recent years after many years of marriage, and lives in Anderson Township in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jami Cawood – After School Care
Jami-Grace previously worked as both a swimming teacher for preschool – middle school students and as a lifeguard. Originally from Durban, South Africa, she is passionate about outdoor activities of all kinds. She is an active member of Northstar Community Church, where she volunteers in child care. During summers, she volunteers backstage for youth theater productions. She has experience teaching special needs students and has grown very fond of these opportunities. Sharing God’s joy is her life’s ambition, holding fast to the command: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1Cor 10:31)