Support Staff

Ms. Tammy Haus

Principal

Tammy Haus has been an educator for over 25 years. She has earned a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from St. Joseph University, and a master’s degree from Lourdes University. She is finishing her doctoral degree with a concentration in second language learners at American College of Education.

Before moving to Dayton, Ms. Haus spent most of her career teaching English at the primary, secondary, and university level. Although she loved teaching in the classroom, she felt called to serve as a school principal. She has dedicated the last 15 years to Catholic education, and this is her sixth year as a school administrator. She feels blessed to be a part of the Immaculate Conception School family, in particular, because she is committed to living a mission-driven life.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 101 or thaus@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Jane Walling

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Walling has worked at Immaculate Conception School for over 20 years and would be happy to assist you in any way possible for enrollment in our school.

Mrs. Walling, her husband and both children all attended Immaculate Conception School.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 102 or jwalling@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Nikki Martin

Secretary

Mrs. Martin has loved every minute of working at Immaculate Conception school for the past 6 years. She began volunteering in 2009 when her oldest daughter started kindergarten at Immaculate and eventually became the PTO President until she began working in the office. She will almost always give you a sticker if you ask and you can sometimes find her roaming the halls in a dino costume!

Mrs. Martin is an Immaculate Conception School alumni, all three of her children have also attended Immaculate and then went on to attend Chaminade Julienne High School. In her free time, she loves to craft, crochet, binge on Netflix and spend time with her family.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 101 or nmartin@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Sarah Shivadecker

Testing Coordinator

Sarah Shivadecker has been an educator for 13 years. In 2006, she received her bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Early Childhood Education. Before teaching at Immaculate Conception, she was called to serve her community as a family advocate, infant/preschool teacher and home visitor with EvenStart through Kettering Schools Grant Programs. Through this experience, she worked with refugees from many places, including Iraq, Syria, Mexico, Turkey and Sudan, helping the families to become assimilated to the US, working with adults as an advocate and teaching English to family members in their homes. She also worked with local families to empower adults to receive their GED, give research based parenting tips, and to keep the young children on track for school with after school tutoring. Some of the families she worked with during this time she has reunited with as students at ICS!

Mrs. Shivadecker has been a 3rd grade teacher at ICS for 8 years now. She is very grateful to be able to teach in Catholic schools after having received an education in Catholic schools at St. Anthony and Chaminade Julienne. She is also very humbled by the ability to serve her community, having been raised and still residing in East Dayton. Immaculate Conception is a special place for her, as her parents and all of their siblings attended ICS and her children Gabrielle (14) and Owen (11) have also attended ICS. She is very passionate about teaching and truly considers it a blessing to live out what she considers her calling.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 163 or sshivadecker@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Michelle Schaffer

ECHO - School Based Counseling

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through the state of Ohio. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Heidelberg College in 1995, and my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 1997. I have been a licensed counselor since 1997, and have worked in various settings and with various populations. I began working as a school based counselor for the ECHO program at the University of Dayton in 2015. I thoroughly enjoy working with the children at Immaculate Conception optimize their education, by assisting them to eliminate any social or emotional barriers to learning.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 121 or mschaffer@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Michelle Sherman

ECHO - Family Advocate

As the Family Advocate at Immaculate Conception School Michelle Sherman has enjoyed working with families in the ECHO program since 2008. She is a licensed social worker with the state of Ohio and has been practicing in the field since 1992. She is familiar with many resources in the community to assist families with a variety of needs such as housing, employment, food, clothing and many other needs. Michelle provides services to 3 local Catholic Schools and is available 2 days per week at Immaculate Conception School. She is a mother of 2 teenage boys and enjoys hiking, cycling, reading and baking. She is passionate about helping families by reducing stress in their lives.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 121 or msherman1@udayton.edu

Ms. Elizabeth Wourms

ELL

Dr. Elizabeth Wourms is excited to serve as the ELL Tutor for ICS. Elizabeth worked as a registered pharmacist before answering God’s call to ministry. Elizabeth received Masters and Doctoral degrees from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Throughout her ministry career, Elizabeth served on two church staffs, ministered as a fire department chaplain, taught leadership courses for laity and clergy, authored a book on leadership, led the leadership department at the Seminary, and served as a consultant for churches around the country. Most recently, she worked for Heart to Honduras, a non-profit ministry engaging in Asset-based Community Development in rural communities in Honduras. Elizabeth is thrilled to be able to minister out of her passion for education and people-development at ICS, and to offer her Spanish language skills in service to our Spanish-speaking families. She celebrates the rich diversity of our student body and is excited to work with all of our ELL students. Elizabeth prays that she can be an encourage for all ELL students to reach their full potential academically and personally.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 169 or ewourms@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Karin Forsthoefel

Intervention Specialist

This is Ms. Forsthoefel’s first year at Immaculate Conception. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 2018. This will be her third year as an intervention specialist. Before teaching at Immaculate Conception, she taught in Mad River Local Schools and at a Catholic elementary school in Cincinnati. These experiences equipped and led her to her position here at Immaculate. She is thrilled to be serving the Immaculate Conception community! Her personal mission is to work closely with classroom teachers, support staff, and families to meet the diverse individual needs of our students. She values the lessons her students teach her, and believes it is important to celebrate every success!

Some fun facts about Miss Forsthoefel are: She attended Catholic school from first grade all the way through college! She is part of a family of five—mom, dad, younger sister and older brother. Over the holidays, she loves to play board games with friends and family. In her spare time, she likes doing crafts, cooking, and cleaning.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 169 or kforsthoefel@icsdayton.org

Mr. Jim Lay

Title 1

Most people call him Jim with the exception of his students who simply call him Coach. Jim teaches Title I Math at Immaculate Conception, and also has a Gifted Endorsement on his Licence. Jim was raised on a farm, where they grew corn, soy beans, and wheat. He has twelve siblings and was raised by a widowed mother.

Jim graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Economics. After graduating from Wright State he attended Antioch University where he got his teacher’s training and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

People often ask him what he would do if he hadn’t become a teacher? The answer to that is "I did all those things before I became a teacher. I was a police dispatcher, a deputy sheriff, ambulance worker, firefighter, a bank officer, and middle management at FMCC."

Contact him at 937-253-8831 extension 123 or jlay@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Jane Fortener

Title 1

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 123 or jfortener@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Laura Norman

Title 1

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 123 or lnorman@icsdayton.org