Faculty

NIHF STEM Faculty

Phone: 330.761.3195

AMANDA MORGAN

Instructional Leader

 

E-mail: amorgan2@apslearns.org

Mrs. Amanda Morgan received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Akron. Both Amanda and her husband are from the Akron area. She began her teaching career as an intervention specialist at Garfield High School. Upon completion of the Akron Public School's Aspiring Principal's Academy, she was selected for an administrative intern position at Jennings CLC. Her most recent role was Instructional Assistant Principal at Jennings. As the Instructional Assistant Principal, her focus was curriculum, PLCs, classroom walkthroughs and school-wide intervention and enrichment programs. She is elated to bring her skills as an instructional leader to NIHF STEM and to continue the legacy of excellence established by embracing the vision of fostering creative and inventive thinking.

 

JUWAN LANE

DEAN OF STUDENTS

E-mail: jhardin@apslearns.org  

Coach Lane graduated from St.Vincent-St. Mary High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (Cum Laude) from Kent State University . Her Bachelor’s included three concentration areas in Special Education: Developmental, Orthopedic, and Multiple Handicaps. She was also selected as the Outstanding Minority Female Undergraduate Student from Kent State, due to having the highest GPA among minority female undergrads. In 1999 she was invited to join Golden Key National Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Mu Honor Society as an undergraduate student. In 2004, she earned her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Akron, and her K-12 Principal Licensure was completed in 2011.

As a teacher, Coach Lane treats her students as if they are her own children. Building relationships and rapport with students helps them trust you as you take educational risks together. She believes that children want attention from their teachers so she gives them as much positive attention as she possibly can.

Coach Lane began her teaching career as a long-term substitute in the spring of 2000. She was previously an Intervention Specialist at Goodyear Middle school, beginning in the 2000-2001 school year. She has experience teaching all core subjects.

She resides with her husband, and is the proud mother one daughter and one son.

 

SANDRA JOHNSON

SECRETARY III

E-mail: sjohnso4@apslearns.org 

 

CHERIE OWENS

CHILD NUTRITION MANAGER

 

 

KATIE BEAL

SOCIAL STUDIES LEARNING COACH

 

E-mail: kbeal@apslearns.org

 

BRETT BEEBE

MATH AND SCIENCE LEARNING COACH

E-mail: bbeebe@apslearns.org

 

ELLEN BELDEAN

SOCIAL STUDIES LEARNING COACH

 

E-mail: ebeldean@apslearns.org

 

KAREN BRANDT

GIFTED AND TALENTED LEARNING COACH

 

E-mail: kbrandt@apslearns.org

 

ELIZABETH BUGNER

LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING COACH

E-mail: bbugner@apslearns.org

 

EMILY BUTLER

ART LEARNING COACH

E-mail: eab46995@apslearns.org

 

FELICIA CAMPBELL

LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING COACH

E-mail: fcampbel@apslearns.org

 

CURT CREWS 

AKRON HUB MANAGER

E-mail: ccrews@apslearns.org

 

RACHANDRA DECATUR

MATH LEARNING COACH

 

E-mail: rdecatur@apslearns.org

 

JULIE DEMANGEONT

MATH LEARNING COACH

E-mail: jdemange@apslearns.org

 

ED GARCIA

GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY LEARNING COACH

 

E-mail: egarcia@apslearns.org

 

SUSAN HALL

Program Specialist

 

E-mail: shall3@apslearns.org

Her belief is that all students can be supported to achieve high standards of global learning and real-world problem solving to prepare for a future of technologies that have yet to be imagined.

Mrs. Hall attended the University of Akron where she received a B.S. in Education and Special Education. She attended the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, where she earned a M.A. in Education- Instructional Technology, and then attended Kent State where she completed a Library Media Specialist degree.

Coach Hall has been recognized for her best practice presentations in the area of technology and reading motivation at state and national conferences. She has earned many awards, including the Council for Exceptional Children’s Outstanding Educator, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity in Education Best Practice Award, Access Outstanding Science Educator Award, Jennings Building Teacher of the Year 2007, and 2008 Teacher of the Year District Finalist. In 2009 she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Education.

She taught in the Lake Local School System in Hartville for ten years in the areas of Technology, Gifted Education, Learning Disabilities, and English as a Second Language. Coach Hall was also a librarian for the Cuyahoga Falls Schools. She has been with Akron Public Schools for three years as a Special Education Teacher and six years as a Media Specialist.

Her memberships include the American Library Association, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Honor Society for Women Educators, Akron Youth Symphony Parent Organization, and Ronald McDonald House.

Born in Akron, Mrs. Hall attended Barber Elementary School for grades K-3. She continued her global education in Holland and Mexico City, attending British and American Schools. She returned to Akron following her high school graduation to attend the University of Akron. She is married and has three girls. Her oldest daughter is a High School Spanish teacher in Arizona, her middle daughter is an Integrated Language Arts major at Kent State, as well as an IB Valedictorian graduate of the Akron Public Schools. Her youngest daughter attends Akron Public Schools, and performs as a violinist with an international youth orchestra, and the Akron Youth Symphony.

 

SHERRY HANKINSON

LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING COACH

E-mail: shankins@apslearns.org

 

CHRISTINE JUSTISS-SIMON

SCIENCE LEARNING COACH

 

 E-mail: cjustiss@apslearns.org

Coach Justiss believes that learning is fun and that ALL students can succeed! She graduated from Kenmore High School in 1996. She then went onto received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Akron in 2000. In 2004 Christine earned of Master of Arts from the University of Akron. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Administration from the University of Akron.

Coach Justiss has taught 7th grade science at Innes Middle School for the past nine years. She is Highly Qualified in Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. In 2008 she earned a Master Teacher designation from the state of Ohio. Ms. Justiss is a two-time recipient of the Akron Public Schools Ambassador Award for presenting at State science conferences and also has received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Excellence in Science Teaching two years in a row. She has held several building leadership positions including Science Department Chair, Building Leadership Team President, and Audio-Visual coordinator. In addition she coached the Innes Middle School Girls Basketball Team for a total of four winning seasons.

Currently a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Science Education Council of Ohio, the Golden Key National Honor Society for the University of Akron, as well as the Akron Education Association.

At home Christine has rescued three beautiful doggies: a golden retriever named Cocoa; a Labrador retriever named Cinnamon; and a boxer-mix named Copper. She enjoys playing volleyball, camping, going to concerts and traveling

Coach Justiss believes that learning is fun and that ALL students can succeed! She graduated from Kenmore High School in 1996. She then went onto received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Akron in 2000. In 2004 Christine earned of Master of Arts from the University of Akron. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Administration from the University of Akron.

Coach Justiss has taught 7th grade science at Innes Middle School for the past nine years. She is Highly Qualified in Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. In 2008 she earned a Master Teacher designation from the state of Ohio. Ms. Justiss is a two-time recipient of the Akron Public Schools Ambassador Award for presenting at State science conferences and also has received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Excellence in Science Teaching two years in a row. She has held several building leadership positions including Science Department Chair, Building Leadership Team President, and Audio-Visual coordinator. In addition she coached the Innes Middle School Girls Basketball Team for a total of four winning seasons.

Currently a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Science Education Council of Ohio, the Golden Key National Honor Society for the University of Akron, as well as the Akron Education Association.

At home Christine has rescued three beautiful doggies: a golden retriever named Cocoa; a Labrador retriever named Cinnamon; and a boxer-mix named Copper. She enjoys playing volleyball, camping, going to concerts and traveling.

  

SAM KITZLER

CHOIR AND 5TH GRADE BAND LEARNING COACH

E-mail: srk46635@apslearns.org

 

QING LIANG

MANDARIN CHINESE LEARNING COACH

E-mail: qliang@apslearns.org

 

CHELSEA NICOLINO

SCIENCE LEARNING COACH

E-mail: cabrams@apslearns.org

 

BRANKO NUSS

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

E-mail: bnuss@apslearns.org

 

DIANE PANCOE

LANGUAGE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES LEARNING COACH

E-mail: dpancoe@apslearns.org 

 

PERKINS PRINGLE

ENGINEERING AND LEARNING COACH

 

My motto for education is "Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men." – W.E.B. DuBois

My educational background is that I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Kent State University and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching (grades 1-8) from Kent State University.

During my career in education, I have been an Educational Specialist for Educational Talent Search at The University of Akron; Principal Administrator at Ida. B. Wells Community Academy; a Teacher, Grade 4, at Stewart Afrocentric; a Science Teacher, Grade 6, Jennings Middle School; a Math and Language Arts Teacher, Simon Perkins Middle School; and a Science Teacher, Simon Perkins Middle School.

I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Prince Hall Mason, Evergreen Lodge #101 and am a Minster of Christian Education at Mount Calvary Baptist Church

I have been married for 14 years, have a 14-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son as well as a dog named Scrappy.

 

JASON REITZ

GRADE 5 MATH AND SCIENCE LEARNING COACH

 
 

SHENEEKA RODGERS

 SCHOOL COUNSELOR

E-mail: mailto:srodgers@apslearns.org

 

KERI RUSINKO

INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

E-mail: krusinko@apslearns.org

 

GABRIELLE TOURNOUX

PE/HEALTH COACH

E-mail: grh47114@apslearns.org

 

LESLIE TRENDELL

MATH LEARNING COACH 

 
 
 

ANGICA WEAVER

GRADE 5 LANGUAGE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES LEARNING COACH

Angica Weaver
 
 

KALLIE WINTERS

PE/HEALTH COACH

E-mail: kwinters@apslearns.org

 

DONNA WOJCIK

SOCIAL STUDIES LEARNING COACH

 

My motto for education is "The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn." – John Lubbock

Donna Wojcik is a 1994 graduate of Walsh University and has spent her teaching career with Akron Public Schools.

She was recently inducted into the 2009 class of Jennings Scholars. Donna is also a Presenter of Reader's Theater productions for Making Middle Grades Work National Conference. She is a mentor for TAHAP: Teaching American History the Akron Plan. Her published article can be viewed at: w3.akron.k12.oh.us/tahap/plans.htm.

Donna is a member of Fishcreek and Stow-Munroe Falls High PTAs. She is also a member of Holy Family Church in Stow. Donna is happily married to fellow a APS teacher. They live in Stow, Ohio, with their four children and two dogs.

 

GWEN ZUMSTEIN

BAND AND ORCHESTRA LEARNING COACH