Donna Leopardi – Lower Elementary Teacher
For 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 Teacher
Amy 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.
Nicole Filer – Lower Elementary Teacher
Nicole graduated summa cum laude from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services. Upon graduation she was hired by Pregnancy Center East where she worked as a Chastity Educator, presenting chastity curriculum rooted in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to over 4,000 grade school and high school students. It was during this time that Nicole had her initial contact with our school (then Queen of Angels), presenting to our middle school students in 2008.
Spurred by an interest in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Nicole found her way into the world of Montessori education and began her pursuit of graduate work soon thereafter. Nicole graduated from Xavier University with her Masters in Elementary Montessori Education in 2012. After serving as both the graduate assistant and assistant teacher in Xavier’s Montessori Lab School, she began serving as a lower elementary teacher at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori in the fall of 2012.
Since this time Nicole has received Level I Formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd under Dan Teller, as well as IMSLEC accreditation as Orton-Gillingham tutor through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Cincinnati. Currently, Nicole also works in a volunteer capacity at Ruah Woods, providing youth outreach and education.
Mary Lozen – Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
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 been the Directress of the Extended/After Care program as well as 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.
Ellen Main – Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Ellen earned her B.A. in French and Political Science in 2004 and her M.A. in French in 2006 from Miami University. After graduating, she spent ten years working as a high school French teacher, most recently at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash. After having her son, JP, in 2015, Ellen made the difficult decision to leave secondary education in order to spend more time with her baby. She has worked with children of all ages since she was a teenager and is looking forward to working with young children again. Ellen also works as a Beautycounter consultant and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.