Support Staff

Ms. Tammy Haus


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

Mrs. Jane Walling

Administrative Assistant

Jane Walling has worked at Immaculate Conception School for over 25 years and would be happy to assist you in any way she can.

Jane worked for ten years in the Child Support/Alimony Department in Montgomery County. She took time off to be with her children.

Jane and her husband, Larry have been married for 40 years. Jane, Larry and both children, Joseph and Karen, all attended Immaculate Conception School.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 102 or

Mrs. Sarah Shivadecker

Testing Coordinator

Sarah Shivadecker has been an educator for 15 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 is the Testing Coordinator at ICS after teaching 3rd grade for 9 years. She is very grateful to work as an educator 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 (16) and Owen (13) 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

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

Mrs. Michelle Sherman

ECHO - Family Advocate

As the Family Advocate at Immaculate Conception School I have enjoyed working with families in the ECHO program since 2008. I am a licensed social worker with the state of Ohio and have been practicing in the field since 1992. I am 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. I provide services to 3 local Catholic Schools and am available 2 days per week at Immaculate Conception School. I have been married for 29 years and I have raised 2 boys. I am an avid dog lover and in my free time I enjoy hiking, cycling, rowing, reading and baking. I am passionate about helping families by reducing stress in their lives.

Ms. Elizabeth Wells


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

Mrs. Karin Klausing

Intervention Specialist

Ms. Forsthoefel got married this summer and is now Mrs. Klausing!

This is Mrs. Klausing's second year as an Intervention Specialist at Immaculate Conception. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 2018. Before teaching at Immaculate Conception, she taught in Mad River Local Schools and at St. Clement elementary school in Cincinnati. These experiences equipped and led her to her position here at Immaculate. She loves 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 Mrs. Klausing are: She attended Catholic school from first grade all the way through college! In her spare time, she likes doing crafts, cooking, and cleaning.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 169 or

Open Position

Title 1


Mrs. Jane Fortener

Title 1

Jane was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. She decided to be a teacher when she was in First Grade. She graduated from the College of Saint Teresa, in Winona Minnesota with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Her first two years of teaching were in a tiny farming town in Minnesota where she taught Fifth grade. After that she joined a volunteer program called VIDA (Volunteers in Diocesan Action) in Pueblo Colorado. The program provides teachers to poor rural areas. She learned a lot about the Hispanic culture in southern Colorado. She taught first grade in Raton, New Mexico for 1 year and then was moved to Walsenburg, CO where she stayed for five years, also teaching first grade. It was in Walsenburg where she met her husband Rob. They were married in 1990 in Rockford. A year later they moved back to the Midwest to be near their families. Jane taught one final year in Eau Claire, WI before giving birth to their first son and becoming a stay at home mom. During this time at home she ran an in home Daycare and Preschool in her basement. After being blessed with 3 sons, they had a daughter in the year 2000. When her daughter was in Kindergarten Jane started subbing in the Dayton area. In 2013 she was offered a full time Kindergarten teaching position at St. Helen’s School in Dayton. She was there for seven years. She decided that she wanted to work with struggling students so she became a Title 1 Reading teacher here at ICS. So far she is enjoying the children and staff at ICS. She hopes to stay here for many years to come.

Contact her at 937-253-8831 extension 123 or

Mrs. Laura Norman

Title 1

Laura is excited to be a part of Immaculate Conception School as a Title 1 Reading Teacher. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio she began her career in advertising. Laura has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education both from The Ohio State University. She is licensed to teach grades 1 through 8. She welcomes the opportunity to help children learn how to read and develop their writing skills. Teaching for 23 years, she says there is no place she would rather be than here helping students develop a love of reading.

Laura has a true passion for helping all children progress in many areas of their development - academic, social, and language. It is a challenge she is honored to accept daily. She believes in creating a community where all young learners can build up confidence and strive for greatness. She loves to challenge students to be curious and take chances when learning.

Laura has a son who is in high school. She has two cats and a dog.

You may contact her at