Faculty and Staff

Lower Elementary Team

Donna Leopardi – Lower Elementary Directress

GSCM_Leopardi15For many years, Donna served her family as a stay-at-home mom, raising her four children. She also took on the role of teacher for her children, as she led them in homeschooling for a number of years. Prior to her work at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori, Donna worked as an assistant teacher at St. Ursula Villa, helping with art classes and with the first grade. Donna completed her Montessori elementary training at Xavier University, and joined the lower elementary staff at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori in 2002. An Orton-Gillingham-trained tutor, she has made significant contributions to our spelling and reading programs. Donna also completed a training seminar with the Institute for Excellence in Writing and assists children with our writing program.

Amy Scuglik – Lower Elementary Directress

GSCM_Scuglik15Amy received her B.S. in Montessori Education from Xavier University in 1999. She then helped create one of the first elementary Montessori programs in Northern Kentucky while teaching at Prince of Peace School in Covington from 1999-2003. Amy returned to X.U. and earned her M.Ed. while completing her 9-12 Montessori training. Amy has been a lower elementary teacher at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori since the fall of 2003. She is also a trained Orton-Gillingham tutor.

Christine Trimmer – Lower Elementary Directress

Christine received her B.S. in lower elementary Montessori Education from Xavier University in 2013. During her Montessori training, she served as a student intern at GSCM. Since then she worked as an assistant at GSCM for one year until taking a lead Montessori lower elementary position in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, she helped develop the first Nature PlayScape for the campus and initiated many outdoor exploration opportunities for her students such as nature hikes, gardening, and dance education outdoors. Christine returned to GSCM as a lead lower elementary directress in 2017. She is pursuing her Masters degree in Montessori Education from Xavier and enjoys exploring Cincinnati with her husband and puppy in her free time.

Mary Lozen – Lower Elementary Assistant

Mary grew up in Michigan where she attended Catholic school and earned her Associate Degree in Business. After marrying her “high school sweetheart”, Jeff, the two transferred to Cincinnati where they began raising their children. Prior to coming to GSCM, Mary had the pleasure of assistant teaching at Summit Country Day School for thirteen years. She has previously served as the Directress of the Extended/After Care program and a substitute teacher at GSCM. In addition to travelling, boating and spending time with family, she enjoys volunteering at her parish office. As a child, Mary loved to play school with her cousins and neighborhood friends. She has continued this enthusiasm and loves that every day of learning is new and special! Mary feels blessed to be entrusted with each child’s education.

Jessica Tiettmeyer – Lower Elementary Assistant

Jessica was born and raised in Cincinnati and then traveled all the way down to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to get her bachelor’s in chemistry.  Immediately after, she took a gap year where she was an assistant teacher in a Montessori preschool.  She is now working on her master’s degree in secondary education at Xavier University so she can eventually teach high school chemistry.  Jessica loves being in a Catholic learning environment where she can pray, teach, and interact with the kids on a deeper level.  She has been with GSCM since March of 2017.

Natalie Gunawan – Lower Elementary Assistant Catechist

Natalie was born in Germany and grew up in Indonesia. She moved to the US at 16 and graduated from high school in Mobile, AL.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked for P&G Japan upon graduation. During her overseas assignment in China, she encountered Montessori at her daughter’s pre-school and was intrigued by the philosophy. She decided to leave P&G to pursue a career in education. She received her Master’s Degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University, and she has taught at Xavier Lab School and Pleasant Ridge Montessori. Natalie has completed Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I training and also directs a Level I atrium in her parish. In her free time, Natalie enjoys playing tennis, travelling, cooking, gardening and volunteering for non-profit organizations.