Monica Armstrong is a math teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She received her B.A. in Integrated Mathematics Education and her B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ms. Armstrong has taught a wide range of math courses during her five years of teaching from Pre-Algebra to Honors Pre-Calculus. Her goal in the classroom is to help students gain confidence while expanding their knowledge in math and also become independent problem solvers. Outside of school, she loves to travel, watch sports, puzzle, and cross off things on her bucket list.
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Andy Bonar earned his B.A. in Mathematics from Wittenberg University and M.S. in Educational Leadership from Wright State University. Prior to starting at GISA, Andy taught math at Fairborn High School for 10 years, ranging from Algebra I to AP Statistics. In his spare time, Andy is an avid golfer and thoroughly enjoys his second job as the Wittenberg Tigers Men’s and Women’s Assistant golf coach. Andy lives in Huber Heights with his wife Audrey and 2 year old son Luke.
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Quote: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right." - Henry Ford
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Pamela Clark was a Chemistry, AP and IB Chemistry, and Environmental Science teacher in the STEM Academy of Springfield City Schools for 33 years. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Clark is a Martha Holding Jennings Scholar that has also received Clark County Excellence in Teaching, Larry K. Zerkle Teaching Excellence, and Springfield City School Exemplary Teacher Awards. Mrs. Clark received her BS in Secondary Education from Wright State University and her MS in Education/School Counseling from University of Dayton. She and her husband have two children. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, shelling, and working with her 4-H group. She is excited to become a part of this problem-based school and to help students find and develop their talents.
Favorite Song: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Favorite Food: Chocolate chip cookies
Favorite Activity: Hanging out with my family or gardening
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Haley Conkel is a math teacher from Westerville, Ohio. She attended Wittenberg University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Spanish. She loves watching students make connections between their classes as well as with their life experiences.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, running and reading. One of her goals is to visit all 50 states and has made it to 31. So far, her favorite is California where she can visit her grandma, the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Favorite Book: All seven Harry Potter books but especially The Half-Blood Prince
Favorite Animal: Monkeys
Favorite Food: Ice Cream -- I love Young's!
Holly Dilts is a Music Teacher from Springfield, Ohio. She finished her undergraduate degree at Wright State University and earned her Master’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University. Mrs. Dilts previously served as a band and orchestra director for Mad River Local Schools. She has a strong passion for teaching music and volunteers as a children’s choir director for her church. In her free time, Mrs. Dilts enjoys practicing and performing on her flute. She also loves to work out and is a licensed Zumba instructor.
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Mrs. Duffey is a science teacher and a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and her Masters of Education degree from Wright State University where she was also actively involved in neuroscience research. Mrs. Duffey has previously taught for Fairborn City Schools and Ohio Virtual Academy. She is currently an instructor for the Teacher Education Department at Wright State University during the summer months. Mrs. Duffey is a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, received the Governors’ Award for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities award and was named Teacher of the Year at both Fairborn City Schools and OHVA. She aims to empower students to succeed with their own unique strengths and develop enthusiasm for science in their everyday lives. In her spare time, Mrs. Duffey loves spending time with her two children and husband and enjoys marathon running, triathlons, cooking, gardening and music.
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Matt Ehlinger is a math teacher from New Carlisle, Ohio. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and his M.Ed. in Advanced Studies from Wright State University. Mr. Ehlinger has taught high school mathematics from Algebra I to AP Calculus for the last nine years, most recently at Tecumseh High School. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College. Mr. Ehlinger’s goals for his students include getting each student to realize their own individual talents and potential, whether they are mathematical in nature or not. He has designed problem-based learning curriculum for “at-risk” students, is an avid chess player and also enjoys coaching golf.
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Elizabeth (Lizz) Ellis is beginning her first year teaching at Global Impact! She grew up in the cornfields of Ashville, Ohio, just south of Columbus. Lizz attended and graduated from Cedarville Univeristy in May of 2016. During her four years at Cedarville, she student taught at Dayton Early College Academy, Cedarville High School, Lebanon High School, and Greeneview High School. Lizz has been married for just over a year to her awesome husband, Jordan. Her favorite things in life are binge watching Netflix, spending quality time with friends and family and being outdoors. She loves camping, hiking and running, and will take any chance she can get to explore a new area.
Favorite food: Ice Cream
Animal: Monkey, but dogs are a close second.
Quote: "'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take' - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott
Jennifer Foudray is a Science teacher residing in Beavercreek. She received her B.S in Agriculture majoring in Animal Sciences/Life Science and is currently working on her M.A in Career Technical Education from The Ohio State University. Her goal is to teach students how to become life-long learners, better understand the natural world and get excited about science through hands on, real world experiences. Her interests include traveling, music, sports and hiking with her husband and basset hound Mahgeetah.
Favorite Band: (top 5?) My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Jack White, Prince, Arcade Fire
Favorite Activity: traveling, attending concerts, hiking
Favorite Animal: elephants, otters, dogs
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Collin Gierke is Global Impact’s Agriculture Administrator. He works with the FFA Program and assists with future student career pathways. He has 32 years of experience as an agriculture educator and obtained a B.S. Degree in Agriculture Education from the Ohio State University and a M.S. in Education from Wright State University. Gierke previously taught at Greenon Local Schools.
Joshua Jennings is the founding Director of Global Impact. He most recently served as the Director of Career Technical Education at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center. His previous experience includes secondary education and advisor to the FFA Chapter at Northeastern High School, where he increased enrollment in the Agriculture Education program by 80 percent.
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Andrea Keener is the front desk administrative assistant. She received her bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from The Ohio State University and her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. For the past 11 years she has been a stay at home mom and a Premier Designs Jeweler. Prior to staying home she worked as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher with 6th-12th grade students. She is excited to return to the field of education. In her spare time she loves to hang with her husband and 4 kids. She also enjoys canning foods from her garden and baking yummy treats to share.
Debbie Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
She previously taught art in the Northeastern Local Schools, primarily in the high school, including courses in beginning and advanced art, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, and design, while serving as the Arts Department Chair for a number of years. She was an advisor for many extracurricular activities also, such as coaching, drama club, student government, and others. Many of her former students have built successful careers in various art fields. Her outside interests include her decorative painting business, glass art, country living, travel, and baseball.
Mr. Klopfenstein graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Education, majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Health and Physical Education. He earned his Secondary School Administrative degree (M.Ed) from Wright State University. He taught and coached at Fairlawn Local Schools for five years before coming to the Northeastern Local School District where he spent thirty-six years, the first twenty-five in the classroom and coaching various sports and the next eleven years as High School Principal at Northeastern High School. Mr. Klopfenstein retired from the Northeastern District in 2011 and currently works part time as an independent contractor for Finishtiming,a computerized cross country, road racing, and track and field timing company. He is also retired from the military after serving twenty-six years in the United States Army Reserves. Mr. Klopfenstein lives just outside Springfield with his wife, Suzanne, and is involved with his church and enjoys running and working out.
Kathryn Kohlbacher is Global Impact’s Administrative Assistant. She comes with 30 years of experience in Credit Union finance where she was the Assistant Vice-President of Accounting. In addition, she has an associate degree in Real Estate. Recently she came from Valley View School district where she was a secretary. Kathryn was very excited and wanted to be a part of a brand new and first of its kind STEM school – a school that would give kids the opportunity of a life time to get the education that they need to be leaders of tomorrow at an early age. Kathryn and her husband Tim have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and live in Montgomery County.
Jamie Lesesky is a social studies teacher from Columbus, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree in education at Ohio University where she also received her Master of Social Science. Ms. Lesesky previously worked as a Professional Development Specialist and trained teachers all over the nation in best practices for technology use in the classroom. Ms. Lesesky taught at Global Impact during the school’s inaugural year and spent the 2014-2015 school year as an eighth grade social studies teacher in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She prides herself on integrating real world experience and current events with social studies curriculum and has a passion for project based learning.
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A majority of my upbringing took place on 17 wooded acres outside Newark, Ohio. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything because of the life lessons and character building that growing up in the country can offer. Going to college took me on a winding journey as I followed various paths. I found the area that I was passionate in after a couple of years and started my major in education. My focus was social studies and language arts for grades 4-9.
After graduating from Ohio University, I worked for Columbus City Schools as a Reading Intervention teacher for two years. Following that, I worked at a Columbus charter school and taught grades 5-7. In search of a position in a public school district, I was able to get a position in Yellow Springs where I taught 7th-8th social studies for four years. Since then, I began taking graduate classes at Wright State University, and am two classes away from receiving my Master's in Education Leadership and a Principal's License. I am excited about this opportunity to work at Global Impact STEM Academy. This year I will be teaching 9th grade English as well as helping create the Middle School program that will begin the 2017-2018 school year.
Favorite Animal: My dog, Penny
Favorite Quote: "Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." -Mark Twain
Favorite Activity: Fishing, second to actually catching a fish
Chris McNutt is a Social Studies teacher from Columbus. He received his B.A. in History and his M.Ed. in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Social Studies from The Ohio State University. Chris began his teaching career at Global Impact and aims to continually re-imagine what a 21st century social studies classroom looks like. He strives for students to recognize the importance and ubiquitous nature of the humanities in their lives.
Favorite Song: Vulfpeck - Wait for the Moment
Favorite Movie: The Prestige (2006)
Favorite Quote: "Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you." - David Foster Wallace
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Georgianne McNutt is a language arts teacher from Columbus, Ohio. She received his Bachelors in English: Integrated Language Arts from Ohio University, where she also minored in Communication. Ms. McNutt previously did her student teaching at a technical school in Nelsonville, Ohio. In her student teaching she worked closely with other staff members to develop lessons and projects that would inspire the students to present their best work throughout the year. She enjoys working with all types of learners to help create a learning environment that best suits them. She strongly believes that every student is capable of succeeding in her classroom and that they can positively impact our society if they are given the right tools and encouraged to do so. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with those close to her and watching or participating in any sport.
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Michael Payne is an English instructor and humanities department head. He received his B.A. in English: Integrated Language Arts and his M.Ed. in Adolescent Young Adult: Integrated Language Arts from Wright State University. Mr. Payne previously student taught at McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High School, where he was an active participant in several extra-curricular activities like the Spelling Bee and Power of the Pen. Outside of regular school duties, Mr. Payne has attended and presented research at conferences, published poetry and participated in project-based service learning (tutoring and assisting Columbian refugees) with El Puente. He now enjoys embedding English into other curriculums and buying sweaters for his dogs.
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Jill Pfister is Global Impact’s College and Career Pathway Coordinator. She coordinates the College Credit Plus program and the Senior Capstone Experience. She came to Global Impact from OSU where she spent 35 years as an administrator in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). She received her B.S. in Agricultural Education from Ohio State University, M.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Education/Teacher Education from OSU. She has two adult sons, Tom and Jeff. Tom is living in London, England and Jeff in Springboro, Ohio both with careers in business. Jill Pfister volunteers as a 4-H club adviser, secretary to the Clark County Goat Committee, judges the Showman and Showman Contest at the Clark County Fair and is a member of Leadership Clark County, Curriculum Committee. She has been awarded several leadership and service awards some of which include: The Outstanding First Year Student Award granted annually in CFAES was named in her honor as the “Jill A. Pfister First Year Student Award” (2014), OSU’s Distinguished Staff Award (2006), Outstanding Service to students Award (1996, 2009, 2012), Mortar Board/Sphinx Recognition of Dedication to Students (2002, 2011, 2014), the Alpha Zeta L.H. Newcomb Leadership Award (2010) and Meritorious Service Award, Clark County 4-H Program (2007).
Favorite Quote: The act of empowering others changes lives. - Lolly Daskal
Favorite Activity: Spending time with my new puppy, Piper
Favorite Destination: Iguazu Falls, Brazil. The two pictures in my office are pictures I took the last time I visited
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Rachel Sanders is a science teacher from Springfield, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Urbana University and received her Master of Science Teaching degree from Wright State University. Ms. Sanders previously taught Biotechnology at Springfield High School and worked as a Teaching Associate for Wittenberg University. She is also a Biotech Instructor for the Ag-Biotech Academy sponsored by Pioneer Seed Company and the Ohio Soybean Council. Ms. Sanders believes in teaching and learning through hands-on projects and serves as the coordinator for the Clark County Science Fair. She is eager to share her passion and love for science with her students to help them develop into active, life-long learners.
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Stephanie Smith received licensure in Chemistry and Physical Science and received her Bachelors of Art in Chemistry with a minor in education for Adolescence and Young Adults from Wittenberg University. She student taught at Urbana High school. She enjoys teaching young adults through problem based learning and real world application of problems. She believes that students are very capable of making a positive impact on their surroundings and community when given the right tools and properly motivated. In her spare time she enjoys working with young people in her church, making music, and traveling.
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Jamison Truebenbach is Global Impact’s Director of High School Programing. She received a B.A. in Education from Wilmington College, a Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education from Wright State University, a Master of Educational Leadership and her Ohio Principals License from Antioch Midwest. She has been with Global Impact since the origination. Prior to coming to Global Impact STEM Academy Mrs. Truebenbach taught at Southeastern High School for six years and Northeastern High School for three years.
Mrs. Truebenbach, her husband Patrick and their son Ian live in Clark County. In her free time, Mrs. Truebenbach is involved in raising show pigs and cattle, attending her sons athletic events, and is an advisor for Global Impact STEM Academy’s 4-H club.
Favorite Book: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
Favorite Destination: Disney World
Favorite Activity: Spending time with my family
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