Teaching Staff

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 fourth year teaching at Immaculate Conception. In her free time she loves to write poetry, books, and content for her blog.  

Contact her at dmcintosh@icsdayton.org

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.

Contact her at amcintosh@icsdayton.org

Pre-School Aide

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. 

Contact her at  eschweitzer@icsdayton.org

Ms. Maddie Rinderle


This is Ms. Rinderle's sixth year teaching at Immaculate Conception.  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. Her favorite subjects to teach are reading and writing. She loves showing students the building blocks to learn how to read! 

Contact her at mrinderle@icsdayton.org

Ms. Christina Acernese

First Grade

Christina Acernese is in her eighth 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.

Contact her cacernese@icsdayton.org

Ms. Jami Kovacs

First Grade

Hello, my name is Jami Kovacs. I am a Dayton native but moved to Sidney, Ohio when I was in the second grade. I attended Immaculate Conception School until we moved. In 2016 I graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught as a substitute teacher and long term substitute in Kettering, Ohio. In 2021, I accepted a position as a Paraprofessional in Kettering, Ohio. I'm excited to share that this is my second year having my own classroom outside of my 6 years as a substitute teacher.

When I am not teaching I’m at home with my 3 boys playing cars or doing some kind of creative activity. I enjoy baking with them and going on evening walks.

Contact her jkovacs@icsdayton.org

Ms. Cassie Phillips

Second Grade

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!

Contact her at cphillips@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Jennifer Shepard

Second Grade

Jennifer Shepard began teaching in 2007. She studied Interdisciplinary Studies K-8 with a secondary focus on Child Psychology at Liberty University. She is starting her third year here at Immaculate Conception. 

When Jennifer is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, being outdoors, reading, doing puzzles, and exploring the marvelous state of Ohio. She loves a rainy day where she can enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book.

Jennifer is excited to be at Immaculate Conception and looks forward to another great school year! 

Contact her at jshepard@icsdayton.org 

Ms. Magdiel Perez

Third Grade

Contact her at mperez@icsdayton.org

Ms. Kendall Jans

Third Grade

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.

Contact her at kjans@icsdayton.org

Ms. Alexandra Bartley

Fourth Grade

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.

Contact her at abartley@icsdayton.org

Ms. Ann Sacksteder

Fourth Grade

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.  

rs. Sacksteder is native to Dayton, having grown up in the Five Oaks neighborhood, and Contact her at asacksteder@icsdayton.org

Ms. Aurelia Fileccia

Fifth Grade

Contact her at afileccia@icsdayton.org

Ms. Katie Mitchell 

Fifth Grade

Contact her at kmitchell@icsdayton.org

Ms. Jan Reed

Sixth Grade

Contact her at jreed@icsdayton.org

Mr. Michael Shepard

Sixth Grade

Contact him at mshephard@icsdayton.org

Ms. Marie Williams

Seventh and Eighth Grade

My name is Maria Williams. As a native Daytonian, I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2020 with a degree in English with a concentration in professional writing. 

After a brief stint with the National Park Service I realized from working with different school groups that teaching was what I was most passionate about. I completed a teaching program through the Ohio State University and I am excited to begin my first year teaching at Immaculate Conception!

In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, gardening, and spending time outside.

Contact her at mwilliams@icsdayton.org


Mr. James Frommeyer

Seventh and Eighth Grade

My name is Jim Frommeyer and I am a  2009 graduate of Lambuth University (now University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus). In 2023, I came to Immaculate Conception to teach Social Studies and Religion. 

In my free time I enjoy watching and playing  sports, reading & collecting comic books, and spending time with my wife and son. I'm so happy to be a part of the Immaculate Conception community!

Contact him at jfrommeyer@icsdayton.org


Seventh and Eighth Grade

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 six dear grandchildren.  In her spare time she loves to walk, watch movies and spend time with her family. 

Contact her at sbeall@icsdayton.org

Mrs. Christina Pultz-Miller


I have been a Catholic school educator since 2015 and have taught music and choir to grades PK-8. I strongly believe in using meaningful relationships as well as engaging experiences to inspire students in my music classroom. In my time at the Ohio State University I performed with the Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds, University Chorus and other chamber ensembles. I moved to Dayton with my family in 2016 and have had the joy of singing in Immaculate Conception’s Rock Mass Choir over the years. I graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Miami University in the Spring of 2022. I truly love the time I get to spend with students and strive to enrich their lives with a fun and charismatic approach to music education.

Contact her at  cpultzmiller@icsdayton.org

Mr. Todd Barhorst


This is Mr. Barhorst's fifth 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.

Contact him at  tbarhorst@icsdayton.org