In addition to teaching science, Jason is also the Athletic Director at MHS. When he isn’t coaching, he enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, soccer, disc golf, and bicycling.
B.A. Chemistry, 2003, Assumption College
M.S. Natural Resources: Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science, 2008, University of Vermont
Ph.D., Natural Resources: Aquatic Biogeochemistry, 2015, University of Vermont
Julia teaches Environmental Systems and Societies to eleventh and twelfth grade students. Her courses utilizes the International Baccalaureate curriculum, which provides students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies that allows them to make informed personal responses to the wide range of pressing environmental issues.
Julia has worked as an educator in both secondary and post-secondary classrooms. Her teaching style combines more traditional experimentation in the lab with Montessori practices, such as the Socratic Seminar, which allows students to interrogate current concepts, theories, and practices through analytical discussion.
In addition to the above degrees, Julia completed an earth studies program at the Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. She has worked as a graduate research assistant, focusing on stream biogeochemstiry and microbial ecology research with the National Park Service Artic Network’s Inventory and Monitoring Program in Alaska, and as a research technician, studying protein expression and purification. Julia has also completed research for and contributed to reports for the National Park Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.
J. E. Vonk et al., Reviews and Syntheses: Effects of permafrost thaw 3 on arctic aquatic ecosystems. Biogeosciences Discussion, 12, 10719–10815, 2015.
Larouche, J.R. et al., (2015). The role of watershed characteristics, permafrost thaw, and wildfire on dissolved organic carbon biodegradability and water chemistry in Arctic headwater streams. Biogeosciences, 12, 4221-4233.
Abbott, B.W. et al., (2015). Patterns and persistence of hydrologic carbon and nutrient export from collapsing upland permafrost. Biogeosciences, 12, 3725- 3740.
Abbott, B. W. et al., (2014). Elevated dissolved organic carbon biodegradability from thawing and collapsing permafrost. Biogeosciences, 119, 2049–2063.
Science & Mathematics
Lynn teaches IB Chemistry. She also supports the math department.
In her classroom, students have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings. Students work in the lab on campus and have opportunities to connect with CWRU scientists working in the field.
Prior to coming to MHS, Lynn worked as a chemistry and mathematics tutor at Lakeland Community College and as an outreach coordinator for the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering. Before entering the education sector, she worked for Alltel Information Services as a client server developer analyst and at SMV America as a software engineer.
Lynn has also devoted time to volunteering with and mentoring the CWRU Engineers Without Borders team as well as working in Mayfield City Schools to support the Science Olympiad and the arts.
In addition to teaching math, he is the Testing Coordinator, X-Term Coordinator, and also works at the AMI-NAMTA Adolescent Orientation. When he’s not working, Michael enjoys biking, and (yes) doing math.
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2014, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Adriana teaches High Level Math and Math Studies. She also supports Michael Waski in the ninth and tenth grade math courses. She also works as an individual tutor and senior project mentor.
In the classroom, she tries to personalize her methods to accommodate each student. The Math department at MHS focuses on individualization, allowing students to move at their own pace through the curriculum and to develop mastery over mathematic principles. The department’s approach also allows students to explore specific topics in depth.
Prior to beginning her work at MHS, Adriana interned in a variety of fields throughout her studies including engineering, innovation, product development, and accounting. She also conducted research on the production of biofuels as a research intern at Iowa State University’s BioMAP REU Program.
Originally from Monterrey, Adriana completed studies abroad during her undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University and has worked as a translator for organizations such as the Initiatives of Change and for companies such as the English Center SA.
She has also taken “The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies” course. In addition to teaching history, she is also the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies Humanities Guide and Co-Curricular Coordinator. When she’s not working, Tina enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading noir literature.
Regina also earned a Certificate in Adolescent Studies from NAMTA’s Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, and she is IB-trained in Twentieth Century World History, Theory of Knowledge, and Extended Essay. In addition to teaching history at MHS, Regina coordinates and advises in Extended Essay, and has functioned as the Co-Curricular Coordinator for the school.
English Language Arts
In addition to teaching English to MHS upperclassmen, Peter manages the Writing Center. Outside of work, he spends much of his time with his wife and three sons. He enjoys running, reading, and writing when he can – and is a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan.
At MHS, Elisa acts as a student adviser and manages the Writing Center. She enjoys hiking, knitting, and reading in her free time. Her favorite author is Milan Kundera.
In addition to teaching French, she is a physical education teacher and serves as the kitchen liaison. When Nancy is not working, she loves to play the violin.
At MHS, Mark works with the academic support team to help students transition to the Montessori classroom. He is an avid traveler of Central and South America. He loves cooking, volleyball, kayaking, and gardening.
In addition to teaching Spanish, Diane teaches United States Government. When she’s not working, Diane enjoys caring for nature. She is an Ohio-Certified Volunteer Naturalis and has helped with wilderness surveys for endangered mountain deer in Chile since 1992.
In addition to teaching theatre at MHS, Jill offers ESL support for international students and works with the academic support team. She is the proud parent of two current MHS students.
In addition to teaching IB-level music at MHS, Alfredo is the Rock and Blues Coordinator at the Music Settlement in University Circle. Alfredo also works as a freelance bassist throughout the Cleveland area. When he’s not playing, Alfredo enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his dog.
In addition to teaching art, David advises the 3D Printing Club and team-teaches the microeconomy course with Libby Panhorst. When he’s not working, David greatly enjoys “frolf,” or Frisbee golf, especially when playing in the woods.
Office Administrator & Registrar
Professionally, Bonnie has worked in admissions for Higher Education institutions and Arts Programming. At MHS, Bonnie teaches dance, directs the MHS Dancers, and advises the Student Ambassadors in addition to managing the main office and acting as registrar. Though currently an Ohio resident, Bonnie is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.
Head of School
Gregg was named the Head of School at Montessori High School at University Circle in 2016. He has been a leader in education for nearly 25 years, and his career has continually centered on supporting the development of international-mindedness in students. He has a deep personal and professional commitment to student-centered, inquiry-based learning.
As an administrator, Gregg is passionate about developing communities of professionals dedicated to student growth and development. He has led numerous workshops for administrators and teachers, nationally and internationally, that have focused on building, sustaining, and evaluating the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and other branches of IB. He has served as a consultant and programme evaluator for IB, and is currently the Vice President for Superintendents and Heads of School for the Ohio Association of IB World Schools.
Before coming to MHS, Gregg served as the Executive Vice President of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, where he spearheaded the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. At St. Edward, he provided leadership for faculty, chairs, and deans. He also oversaw academic programming and led development of innovative curricula in entrepreneurship, film production, and data analytics.
He began his career in education as a World History and IB History of the Americas teacher at North High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He eventually moved to Mountain View High School in Mesa, where he continued to teach and eventually chaired the Social Studies department.
IB Workshop Manuals. “Administration,” “Lead the Way: How to Develop and Sustain IB Programmes,” “Evaluating your Diploma Programme,” and “Core Assessment: Road Map for Improving Student Performances in TOK, CAS, and EE.”
Assistant Head of School & IB Coordinator
Leah received a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification from TEFL International Seville, and has also taken “The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies” course. At MHS, Leah is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator. When Leah is not working, she enjoys Pilates, cooking, and dancing.
Director of Institutional Advancement
In addition to directing advancement, Tara manages marketing at MHS. She enjoys spending time with her children, exploring the world, and aspiring to cook (but usually just baking).
Associate Director of Admissions
As the Associate Director of Admissions, Stefani works with all prospective families throughout the application, enrollment, and reenrollment process. She directly supports students in their transition into MHS and helps to facilitate student-faculty relationships.
Her approach to admissions and retention is rooted in her belief that each member in the school community plays a role in the academic success of our students.
Stefani has worked in admissions for almost twenty years. She came to MHS from a partner institution in University Circle, where she worked as the assistant director of admissions to promote communication between the Admissions department and the faculty, implemented a new enrollment management system, and increased the applicant pool by forty percent.
In addition to her work in admissions, Stefani collaborates with the marketing team to create strategic marketing and brand awareness campaigns to reach local, national, and international families.
In addition to working in the office, he also serves on the Arts on Magnolia and Development Committee. When he’s not working, Brady enjoys traveling and is a major history buff.
In addition to being the IT Director, he teaches a technology seminar. Jeff is a lifelong Browns fan and was even in attendance at the 1964 Championship game.
Coordinator of Community Partnerships & Entrepreneurial Studies
In her free time, she volunteers at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Morgan Conservatory. She loves cats and enjoys working with her hands, especially knitting, drawing, and making books.
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Professionally, Caitlyn has spent the last three years working in digital marketing and content writing. She manages the MHS online and social platforms, and assists Tara Schmitt in directing marketing. Additionally, Caitlyn teaches a section of Current Events and Ethical Thought at MHS. Outside of work, she manages family events at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In her free time, she enjoys tackling a variety of do-it-yourself projects.
Whitney is an antique book collector, avid racquet sportsman, and a teacher of adult education at Case Western’s Laura and Alvin Siegal’s Lifelong Learning Program.
Director of Residential Life
In addition to being a residential guide, she is a mom to her son, Avery. A fun fact about Sharyn is that she can say the alphabet backwards in less than 10 seconds.
In addition to being in the boarding house, he also serves as the Facilities Manager. When he’s not working, he enjoys cycling and woodworking.
In addition to managing the Otis Boarding House, she is also the Faculty Coordinator for Prom. When Erin is not working, she is on a mission to perfect a french macaroon (after many failed attempts).