Meet Our Staff
Bill Sears joined the Hamilton County ESC team in 2010. He spent 29 years of his career as a high school math teacher, assistant principal at the junior high and high school, principal of the junior high, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Sycamore Community Schools. Bill then became the superintendent of Lebanon City Schools where he led the district to the state ranking of Excellence. After retiring from being superintendent, he immediately began instructional consultant work and served as the interim superintendent in the Loveland City Schools. Bill’s knowledge and experiences in leadership, instructional improvement, and strategic planning serve as the foundation for his role of being the Director of Instructional Services and Customer Engagement. Along with providing leadership for the Instructional Services Center he facilitates strategic planning, professional development for Boards of Education, team/relationship building for administrative teams and Boards, evaluation of superintendents and treasurers, OTES training, and leads Executive Searches for key administrative positions such as superintendents and treasurers.
Karen Austin has been an educational consultant for Hamilton County ESC since 2005. Her primary area of focus is providing professional development, consultation and coaching in data analysis, teacher evaluation, and instruction; in addition, she is the Coordinator for the Instructional Services Center. Karen has served as an instructional coach, principal, OTES trainer, eTPES trainer, State Support Team, and school improvement consultant. Prior to joining HCESC, she was a secondary mathematics teacher and department chairperson. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University, a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati, and participated in the BASA superintendent’s program.
Lisa provides consultation in literacy, assessment, co-teaching, and response to intervention. Prior to joining HCESC, Lisa spent 15 years in a variety of school and district positions, including classroom teacher, lead teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum developer. Lisa’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, K-12 reading certification, a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in literacy education with an emphasis in educational leadership. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in the multicultural special education graduate program.
Karen Crema serves as an Educational Consultant at Hamilton County Educational Service Center. Karen brings with her 30 years of teaching experience in urban and suburban school districts with a concentration in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Curriculum Development, Literacy and Gifted Education. She has served in various roles including classroom teacher, Curriculum Facilitator, Gifted Support Coordinator, ELA Department Supervisor, Lead Teacher and has been recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher and Golden Apple Award recipient. In her role at HCESC, Karen provides professional development in curriculum, instruction and assessment in ELA, mentors resident educators, supports teachers and administrators as an instructional coach and strives to provide solutions and deliver results in all of her work.
Barb Crist has served as an educational consultant at Hamilton County Educational Service Center for 13 years. She has taught at the university level and has experience as an assistant superintendent, curriculum director, building administrator, and teacher. Barb’s primary focus is leadership development including the Beginning Principal Mentoring Program, the Alternative Licensure Program for Administrators, and The Principal Leadership Institute which includes skills related to the Principal Standards. She has trained coaches to engage in collegial conversations and support teachers as they improve instruction and has trained both coaches and administrators in Marzano strategies and the walk through process. Barb received her M. Ed. and Ph. D. from Miami University.
Allison is an education consultant at Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a high school social studies and English Language Arts teacher for seventeen years before joining HCESC in 2012. As a consultant, she is usually involved in teacher professional development in southwest Ohio. Allison has her Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and Curriculum and is a licensed curriculum and instructional professional development administrator. A Nationally Board Certified Teacher from 2003-2013 and a Golden Apple Award Winner, 2011 in her previous district, Fairfield City Schools, Allison derives great satisfaction from helping teachers each day to navigate new learning and integrate technology in practical ways.
Nicole is an educational consultant and gifted coordinator with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. In her previous job assignments, she has taught gifted students at Mt. Healthy City Schools (K-8) and coordinated Gifted Services for Fairfield City Schools (K-6). In her current capacity at HCESC Nicole provides professional development for K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students in the areas of differentiation, gifted programming, academic service learning, brain research, 21st century skills and competencies, leadership, curriculum, the importance of a growth mindset, and other gifted issues.
Nicole earned her bachelor’s from Northern Kentucky University where she received certification in early elementary (K-8) and special education (K-12). Her master’s degree was obtained at Xavier University in the area of Special Education with a gifted education endorsement (K-12). Additionally, she holds teaching certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL K-12) and an Elementary Principal License. In 2015, Nicole completed a PhD in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on ethical and creative leadership, at the Union Institute and University. Her dissertation is a grounded theory study on gifted adults and the relinquishing of their dreams.
Michael Eckert joined Hamilton County ESC as an educational consultant in 2014. In his role with Hamilton County ESC, he utilizes his extensive experience in the areas of instructional technology & coaching, Problem-Based Learning, science education and curriculum development to provide impactful, educational services. Michael mentors to new and experienced teachers through the Ohio Resident Educator Program and Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, as well as, plans, facilitates and presents on a variety of educational topics to districts throughout Ohio and Michigan. Prior to joining Hamilton County ESC, Michael worked as a science teacher for 16 years; serving two Cincinnati area public school systems, Lakota Local Schools and the Oak Hills School District. Michael earned his a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University and a Master of Educational Administration and Administrative Licensure from Xavier University.
Gary Gardella has been serving as a consultant in the Instructional Services Center for 13 years. Prior to joining HCESC, he served as a middle school principal. His primary focus includes leadership development including the Principal Instructional Leadership Institute, the Alternative Administrative Licensure Program and the Beginning Principal Mentoring Program. In addition, he serves as a state trainer for the Resident Educator Mentor Training, OTES, and OPES. Gary also presents on critical topics including Understanding Poverty, Leading at the Speed of Trust and the Marzano Instructional Framework. Gary received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education Degree from Miami University and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
Ginnie Gillette has been an educational consultant for Hamilton County ESC since 2001. Her primary area of focus is providing professional development, consultation and coaching in the utilization of data to inform decision-making and instruction. Ginnie is the Regional Data Lead for Ohio’s Region 13 and a member of the Ohio Value-Added Advisory Committee, which explores and provides feedback to inform Ohio’s value-added policy considerations. As a Master Value-Added Leader (MVAL) she worked closely with Battelle for Kids to create training materials and to deliver professional development throughout Ohio and Tennessee. Ginnie is also one of three certified NWEA MAP trainers in Ohio. Additionally, she provides professional development, consultation and coaching on: student goal setting, Visible Learning, customer service, and 21st century instruction. Prior to HCESC, she was a classroom teacher, a district technology director and a systems engineer for IBM. Ginnie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and did postgraduate work at Xavier University.
Anne Maranda joined the Hamilton County ESC team in 2014 as an educational consultant. Prior to joining HCESC she was a high school mathematics teacher for ten years. In her work at HCESC, Anne has provided professional development throughout the region, coached teachers and provided support to districts in curriculum and instructional strategies. In addition, she also works with many schools in the area to implement an instructional coaching program, or support the growth of their instructional coaches. Anne received her Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Miami University.
Jenny Moeller joined HCESC in 2004 as a School Improvement Consultant. She primarily works with districts to implement processes and strategies to improve curriculum, instruction and assessment. She has specialized training in Marzano’s Instructional Strategies, Assessment, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). She is an author and contributor to Data Driven Decisions for Academic Achievement (D3A2) Modules II, III and IV, as well as, an Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) facilitator trained in the 5-Step Process. She has served as an instructional coach, principal, director of curriculum, and leader of professional learning. She coaches teachers and principals and supports districts on state improvement initiatives including OIP, DLT, BLT and TBT. Jenny is a certified RE mentored through the Ohio Resident Educator Program. As a Curriculum Consultant, she fulfills various curriculum responsibilities including planning and creating district wide professional development, managing state testing and reporting, as well as, leading curriculum adoptions and data analysis. Jenny received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Master’s in Educational Administration and Licensure from the University of Cincinnati.
Katrice Quitter is an educational consultant for Hamilton County ESC in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joining the ESC team in 2014, she has experience in elementary education, gifted education, and preschool. In her role as a consultant, she supports districts in the areas of gifted education and differentiation. In addition to providing support in the area of gifted education, Katrice also is one of four certified NWEA MAP facilitators in Ohio. Katrice earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and Master’s from Ashland University. You can keep up with her and the world of gifted on, the Wired for Gifted blog or follow her on twitter @katricequitter.
Kristen Rojas is an educational consultant for Hamilton County ESC with extensive experience in the areas of administration, curriculum and gifted education. In her role with Hamilton County ESC, Kristen provides mentoring to both new teachers and administrators. She also plans, facilitates and presents on various educational topics to districts throughout Ohio and Michigan. She has worked as an English teacher, Alternative High School Coordinator, Gifted Education Coordinator and Elementary Principal. Kristen has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Miami University teaching graduate level classes in curriculum and instruction. She was hired by Cincinnati Public Schools to start the first public magnet school in Ohio for gifted students, Cincinnati Gifted Academy, now Hyde Park School. Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Miami University and several administrative certifications from Xavier University.
Julie Scarlato has been an education consultant with Hamilton County ESC since 2005 and has provided support for teachers and administrators in curriculum, instruction and assessment. She has spent the majority of her time at HCESC working as part of the Instructional Services Center, coaching and presenting in the region on literacy, co-teaching, and instructional coaching. In her work at HCESC, Julie has served as Regional Literacy Consultant and Network Regional Leader for ELA. Additionally, she co-authored many of the problems found in the PBLE app on iTunes and managed the creation of the Teach, Reflect, Learn: Coaching Virtually service developed at Hamilton County ESC. Julie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree from Miami University and a M.ED in Elementary Education from Mt. St. Joseph University (formerly known as The College of Mt. St. Joseph). She also maintains a Reading Endorsement K-12 and Literacy Specialist Endorsement. Prior to consulting at the ESC, Julie taught kindergarten, Title I and 4th grade. You can follow her on Twitter @jscarlato_hcesc
Christina is currently one of the Mathematics Consultants at Hamilton County ESC in Cincinnati. Prior to her work at the ESC, Christina taught high school mathematics at Fairfield High School in Butler County. This is her twelfth year with Hamilton County ESC and is currently the President-Elect for Ohio’s Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She represents Southwest Ohio as one of ODE’s Regional Network Leaders for Mathematics. Christina has been an active participant in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mathematics Education Leadership Council, OGT Content Advisory Committee, Standards Review Advisory Committee, Ohio Resource Center Math Review Board, and Ohio Math/Science Supervisors Committee. She served as the Program Co-Chair for three of the OCTM Annual Conferences. At Hamilton County ESC, Christina provides Mathematics support to a wide-range of districts, co-facilitates the Council of Mathematics, and manages the Mathematics Blog to keep her followers “in the know.” In addition to her math focus, Christina has been a co-facilitator for Hamilton County ESC’s Instructional Coaching Cohort.
Amy Spicher joined Hamilton County ESC in 2015 as an Educational Consultant. In her 35 years in education, she has served as an assistant superintendent, Director of Secondary Programming, principal, and assistant principal, and Social Studies and English/Language Arts teacher. Amy presents at the national, state, and local level, and has supported districts in leadership development, curriculum design and implementation, instruction, creating a culture around data, equity and diversity, assessment literacy, state testing, and coaching. Amy has also served as a leader and teacher coach for principals, teachers, and other district leaders. Amy has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Administration from Xavier University.
Kelly Wegener joined Hamilton County ESC 4 years ago. She represents Southwest Ohio as one of ODE’s Network of Regional Leaders for Mathematics and is one of four NWEA MAP Certified Facilitators in Ohio. Kelly has also been a presenter at national, state, and local conferences. In her role as an education consultant at HCESC, Kelly has supported many districts in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction to provide impactful services. She has served as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as an instructional coach and leader of professional learning in the region involving mathematics, assessment literacy, curriculum design, and instruction. Kelly has also mentored teachers through the Ohio Resident Educator Program and is an OTES trained administrator. Additionally, she co-authored many of the problems found in the PBLE app on iTunes and served on the Region 13 State Support Team. Prior to coming to HCESC, Kelly was a secondary math teacher for 18 years and a math curriculum specialist for 4 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Bowling Green State University and her Master’s Degree at Xavier University. You can follow her on Twitter @wegenerkelly.
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