Ms. Destiney McIntosh
Destiney McIntosh graduated from the University of Dayton in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. This is her third year teaching at Immaculate Conception. In her free time she loves to write poetry, books, and content for her blog.
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Ms. Aariana McIntosh
Aariana McIntosh began working with kids in 2018, although she originally thought she might be an art teacher or music teacher or science teacher. The decision was difficult, but she decided on pre-school because she could do them all! Ms.Mac has worked with kids of all ages.
Choosing pre-school was a no brainer considering how much she loves to watch the exponential growth kids go through in the early days of learning. In her free time she loves to paint and draw. This is Aariana’s first year teaching as a lead teacher.
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Mrs. Laura Bramlish
Mrs. Bramlish (otherwise known as “Miss Laura” to the students) has been a lifelong parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, she began her volunteer work with school age children while in high school as part of the Children's Liturgy Program at that time. Later, while her children attended ICS, she served as a certified PREP teacher for the parish. For the past 10+ years, she has once again been involved with the Children's Liturgy Program offered at the church. Upon retiring from a 30-year career with the Domestic Relations Court in Montgomery County, she began her new career here at ICS as an assistant to the Kindergarten Teacher in the fall of 2015. She went on to serve as an assistant to the First Grade Teacher for a two-year period. Since then, she has joined the preschool program and is starting her third year working with them.
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Ms. Elizabeth Schweitzer
My name is Elizabeth Schweitzer. I started at ICS in 2013. Back then, I was the preschool teacher as we began building the preschool program. After a year of teaching preschool, I moved to teaching Kindergarten and have been loving teaching Kindergarten ever since. My favorite subjects to teach are science and math, probably because those were my favorite in school to learn. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the cello and making dinner for my family.
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Ms. Maddie Rinderle
This is Ms. Rinderle's second year teaching at Immaculate Conception. She has helped in second grade, preschool, and kindergarten classrooms and kindergarten was her favorite! She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and has attended Catholic schools in Cincinnati and Dayton for almost her entire life. She loves that she is working at Immaculate Conception and has always felt called to work in a Catholic school.
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Ms. Christina Acernese
Christina Acernese is in her seventh year of teaching in Catholic Education. She found her purpose in teaching the young minds of today. Being an avid learner herself, she always likes to think “outside” of the box to make learning engaging and fun for the students. She also has her reading endorsement and one of her passions is teaching young children to read. In the past, she has worked as a professional tutor helping students improve in their reading and math.
Christina comes to us from Galion, Ohio. In Galion, she was the First and Second Grade Teacher, as well as the Third and Fourth Grade Science teacher for five years. In her first year at Galion, she was the Title I Reading Specialist and Ms. Haus was her principal. Christina made many wonderful memories and connections with the parishioners, families, and teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School and they will always hold a special place in her heart. She is looking forward to creating new memories and connections with the families, teachers, and parishioners at Immaculate Conception School.
Christina wants to thank the parents/guardians of the students for this amazing opportunity and responsibility of teaching their children. Most importantly, she wants to thank God for the blessing and guidance to become a teacher.
When Christina is not teaching, she enjoys cooking, reading, singing, playing her flute, and dancing. She is a Buckeye fan and is looking forward to the Fall weather. She loves Fall and describes it as if God took a paintbrush and colored the leaves in crimson red, sunflower yellow, and vibrant orange. Christina also loves her family and friends and appreciates having them in her life and spending time with them. She is blessed with a wonderful family who helped her get her classroom ready this year and her relocation to Dayton. She prays we all have a wonderful school year.
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Ms. Jami Kovacs
Ms. Cassie Phillips
Miss Phillips is a Dayton native, having attended Queen of Martyrs, St. Helen’s, Our Lady of the Rosary and Chaminade Julienne Catholic Schools. She is very excited to be part of the Falcon Community at ICS and continue her teaching career with IC’s community of disciples!
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Ms. Ann Sacksteder
Mrs. Sacksteder is native to Dayton, having grown up in the Five Oaks neighborhood, and attending Corpus Christ and CJ. After College she took a couple years to travel and teach. Her teaching experience includes time spent in Ghana, Kenya, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Inner City San Antonio, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Seven years ago, God blessed her with the opportunity to teach here at Immaculate Conception where she has found a diverse and welcoming home.
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Ms. Kendall Jans
My name is Kendall Jans and I am originally from northern Wisconsin. My husband is in the Air Force and we got stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and that is why we currently reside in Ohio. I got my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Literacy Development at Wright State University.
In my spare time, my husband and I love to go hiking with our dog. I am also an avid reader, so you can almost always find me reading a book! I’m so happy to be teaching 3rd grade at Immaculate Conception School and helping to shape the future of my students. I was blessed with this opportunity and I am beyond excited to be part of this wonderful community.
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Ms. Alexandra Bartley
Alexandra Bartley grew up in Oak Park, IL, graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1992. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization and Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati in 1996. After college, she worked as an archaeologist, excavating ancient Native American cultures at Fort Ancient and the Grand Canyon. She completed a Master of Arts in Language Arts and Literature at Eastern Michigan University in 2001, where she also taught writing and literature courses.
Since then, Ms. Bartley has taught a variety of age groups, from infants to college-age. She has also worked as a writer and content editor in academic publishing, creating textbook materials and standardized tests for clients, including Pearson, Time-Life Books, and GED Testing Services. She joined the Immaculate Conception family in 2018, teaching third grade. This year, she will be teaching Reading, Writing, and Social Studies to Grade 4. She loves working with students, expanding their minds and watching them grow. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Katherine, who attends Immaculate Conception. She also loves reading, writing, hiking, and spending time out on the lake.
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Mr. Jim Lay
Mr. Lay, known as Coach by the students, is in his first year of teaching full time at Immaculate Conception. He has been at Immaculate Conception the previous five years as a part-time Title I teacher in Mathematics. This year, he will be teaching Fourth-Grade Math, Science, and Religion. In the previous sixteen years, he worked at Dayton Public School as a Math Curriculum Specialist. His undergraduate degree is from Wright State University in Business Administration with an emphasis on Economics. His master’s in education at Antioch University. He also has got an endorsement through Wright State University. While he is not from the Dayton area, he has lived in the suburbs of Dayton since 1981. He looks forward to working with the students, parents, administration, and staff at Immaculate Conception this year.
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Ms. Emily Johnson
My name is Emily Johnson, and the 2022-23 school year will be my first at ICS. I will be teaching 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts, and I am so excited to share my love of reading with your kids! For the past 8 years, I have been working with special needs students and am a recent graduate of Western Governors University with my Bachelors in Special Education for grades K-12 and Primary General Education for grades Pre-K through 5th. I also have my reading endorsement through the State of Ohio. In November, my husband Eric and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and together we have 2 daughters: Tess and Ava. Tess just graduated from High School and started the fall semester at The University of Cincinnati. She is working towards her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in exotic animals. She plans on becoming a zoological veterinarian. Ava is a sophomore at Franklin High School and plays percussion for the FHS marching band. She is currently working on getting her driver's license. We love to travel as a family, especially to the beach! We also have 2 dogs, Duke and Willow; and 3 cats, Spooky, Dory, and Gerbil. I am thrilled to be at ICS and love the feeling of family from all the staff and families! Go Falcons!
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Mrs. Stephanie Snurr
My name is Stephanie Snurr, and this is my sixth year of teaching at Immaculate Conception School. I am a fifth grade homeroom teacher and will be teaching fifth and sixth grade math this school year. This is my twenty-third year of teaching math and my twelfth year of teaching science. I started my career at St. Anthony’s and taught for seventeen years there before I came to ICS. I believe in making learning fun and meaningful for my students, and I do my best to get to know them not only as my students but as people, too. I live in Springboro with my husband, Darren. We have been married for 23 years. I also live with my daughter, Callie, who is 17 and is a senior in high school at Springboro High School. She works and takes college classes. We have one dog, Mae, and two cats named Theo and Esme. My son, Cameron, is 20 years old and attends Wittenberg University and is a captain on the football team and plays linebacker. We are a sports family and enjoy attending sporting events together, and we all love the beach and try to go to the Gulf of Mexico every summer. In my free time, I run and lift weights. I like to read and to cook and bake. I like to spend time with my family and my friends. I feel very blessed to be here at ICS, and I thank God every day for the opportunity to teach here and to learn and grow with my students and their families.
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Ms. Peggy Powers
Mrs. Powers teaches 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. Over the past 18 years she has dedicated her career to our Catholic Schools in the Dayton Area. She is a Daytonian and her parents were both born and raised here. She has six siblings which includes her twin sister, who is also an educator. She is an aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews who she adores. She looks forward to working with you and your child this year!
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Mrs. Mollie Specht
Mrs. Specht teaches 7th and 8th Grade Math, as well as 7th Grade Religion. She is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but moved down to Dayton to attend UD. Having grown up in Catholic schools as a student, she feels incredibly blessed to be able to continue in Catholic education as a teacher, especially at a school as Christ-centered as Immaculate Conception. Mrs. Specht has been teaching at ICS since 2004, though each year feels fresh and exciting with different groups of students to work with, new teaching strategies to try, and changes that just naturally come along! Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning new things, doing outdoor activities, watching college football and basketball, and reading.
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Mrs. Trisha Nemeth
Trisha Kraus-Nemeth will be teaching middle school Social Studies and Writing at Immaculate Conception School this year. While it is her first year teaching at ICS, she has been an educator for over twenty years. Most recently, she taught 6th grade Science and Social Studies at a charter school in Dayton for four years and was at Warren County Career Center in Lebanon, Ohio for the previous five years, after taking a break from teaching to stay home with three rowdy boys. Raised in southern Ohio, Mrs. Nemeth calls Spring Valley, Ohio her hometown and attended Wright State University for her bachelor's degree in education and the University of Dayton for graduate studies. She is recently married to Jason Nemeth and they have five teenage boys who live with them in Springboro, Ohio. Mrs. Nemeth loves the outdoors, running, hiking and spending time with her friends and family. She is extremely excited to be joining the ICS family and feels "blessed beyond measure" to share her faith while teaching some really amazing kids!
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Ms. Mary Cordonnier
Though Mrs. Cordonnier was not raised in Dayton she has had the opportunity to live here for over 20 years and is a a graduate of Wright State University, go Raiders!
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Mrs. Sandy Beall
Mrs. Beall was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Dayton with her parents when she was in the 8th grade. They joined Immaculate Conception parish within weeks of arriving in Belmont. She has been a parish member for over 45 years. She attended Carroll High School and received a BFA from the University of Dayton.
After graduating from college, she spent many years working in management and in retail sales for Elder Beerman Stores but her dream to teach elementary school Art never left her. While two of her children were still attending Immaculate Conception, she approached the principal and suggested that the school needed an Art Teacher. She was thrilled when she agreed and the next year, Mrs. Beall began teaching part-time Art. Throughout the more than 16 years that she has been at ICS, Mrs. Beall has taught Art along with Religion, Social Studies and Physical Education. As a teacher, Art has always been her favorite subject.
Mrs. Beall is married to a retired Dayton Police officer and has three grown children (all in the military) and two dear grandchildren. In her spare time she loves to walk, watch movies and spend time with her family.
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Mr. Todd Barhorst
This is Mr. Barhorst's fourth year as gym teacher at Immaculate Conception. He is a product of a lifelong Catholic education as a graduate of Precious Blood elementary and Chaminade Julienne High School. He has been a varsity baseball coach for the Chaminade Julienne baseball team for 11 years and took over as head coach in the fall of 2019. He is passionate about working with kids on physical education, team work, and accomplishing goals.
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