Please welcome Pembroke Hill's new faculty and staff for 2019-20. Additionally, several current faculty and staff members have moved into new roles for 2019-20.
Early Childhood School
Kenna Raines - Early Years Faculty Assistant
Kenna Raines will be the faculty assistant in Bridget Ward’s early years class. Kenna has served in several capacities in the early childhood school, including working as a substitute teacher and an early years extended day lead teacher. She also has worked in the Summer at Pembroke Hill program. She holds an associate's degree in liberal arts and an early childhood certificate from Johnson County Community College. In December, she will complete her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Park University.
Lisa Berning - Kindergarten Faculty Assistant
Lisa Berning joins Andrea Peregrine’s kindergarten room as the faculty assistant. Lisa previously served as a preschool teacher in Richmond, Mo., and as a registered physical therapist for Denver Public Schools. Lisa received a bachelor's degree in organismal biology and a master's degree in physical therapy, both from the University of Kansas.
Victoria Brown - First Grade Teacher
Victoria Brown becomes the new first grade teacher. Victoria has been a member of our lower school since 2016. For the past two years, she served as a faculty assistant in kindergarten with Christy Clarke and second grade with Kerry Ann Masoner.
A graduate of Rockhurst University, Victoria holds a master’s degree in education. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis in education, from The Masters College in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Sandra Foster - Kindergarten Faculty Assistant
Sandra Foster will be the faculty assistant in Christy Clarke’s kindergarten room. She previously worked at Summit Christian Academy. She received a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Katie Glasier - Second Grade Faculty Assistant
Katie Glasier joins Terri Truog’s second grade room as the new faculty assistant. Katie recently taught at the Second Presbyterian Early Childhood Learning Center in Kansas City. She has also taught in Oklahoma, Ohio and Texas. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Tulsa, and a master's degree in teaching, learning and leadership from Oklahoma State University.
Cathy Golub - First Grade Faculty Assistant
Cathy Golub will be the faculty assistant in Tiffani Pearson’s first grade room. Cathy has taught in the Shawnee Mission School District and in Johnson County Catholic schools. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Kansas.
Ashley Haase - Wornall Campus Technology Coach
New Wornall Campus technology coach Ashley Haase returns to Pembroke Hill this year. Ashley served as a fifth grade faculty assistant and a student teacher in second grade under the guidance of Kerry Ann Masoner.
Ashley previously worked at The Barstow School, where she served as a division technology coach and third grade teacher. Ashley also taught second grade at the school and has served as a grade level team leader since 2013. She is a certified Apple Teacher who has presented several sessions on educational technology at regional conferences.
Ashley recently began a doctoral program in curriculum and instruction, with a research emphasis in educational technology, at the University of Kansas. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Rockhurst University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.
Avery Hughes - Fifth Grade Teacher
Avery Hughes will be the new fifth grade teacher. Avery, a Sunset Hill alumna, is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree. While at Smith, Avery played varsity field hockey, tennis, basketball and squash.
In her 40 years at Sunset Hill and Pembroke Hill, Avery has served in a variety of capacities such as physical education teacher, sixth grade math teacher for 22 years, faculty assistant in first, third and fourth grades and coach for basketball, squash and field hockey. Avery is the head coach of the school’s field hockey program, as she has been the head varsity coach since joining the school in 1978. Avery also manages May Day/Field Day activities.
Paula Kahmann - Second Grade Faculty Assistant
Paula Kahmann joins Adrienne Whitham’s second grade room. Paula returns to PHS, where she served as a fifth grade faculty assistant from 2001-2004. She previously taught in the Shawnee Mission School District for 15 years.
Mary Kennedy - Lower School Academic Intervention Teacher
Mary Kennedy joins Pembroke Hill as the newest member of the lower school academic intervention team. Mary comes to Pembroke Hill from McLouth Elementary School in McLouth, Kan., where she was responsible for training teachers in a variety of reading intervention programs and approaches.
Her additional professional experience includes serving as a reading specialist for Crossroads Charter School in Kansas City, Mo., and as a lead teacher for Turningpoint School, a private school in Culver City, Calif. Mary has also worked with Learning Abilities as a reading specialist, where she was a private one-to-one tutor for students using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She continues to assist with teacher training on this approach during summer sessions.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Mary holds a master’s degree in child and adolescent literacy. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family living from the University of Kansas.
Sally Miller - Fifth Grade Faculty Assistant
Sally Miller will be the faculty assistant in Alice Kroh’s fifth grade room. Sally has been at PHS for four and a half years, serving as a faculty assistant in both first and second grades. Sally has previously worked with kindergarten through fourth grade students at both the Friends School in Haverford, Pa., and The Beasley School in St. Louis. Sally holds a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College.
Emily Simpson - Third Grade Faculty Assistant
Emily Simpson joins Darla Burns’ room as the faculty assistant. Emily comes to PHS from Durango, Colo., where she served as the youth theatre director at the Durango Arts Center. Emily previously worked at the Kansas City Ballet as the school director, and as assistant director at the Blue Valley Montessori School. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in dance from the University of Kansas.
Kim Stone - Fourth Grade Teacher
Kim will become the new fourth grade teacher in the lower school. Kim is already a member of our lower school teaching community; she served as a first grade faculty assistant in Tiffani Pearson’s classroom last year. Prior to joining Pembroke Hill, Kim taught both first grade and second grade in Texas. She has been a teacher of teachers - supervising, mentoring and training first-year teachers for Alternative Education for Teachers. Kim also has experience as a special education paraprofessional for the Wilton, Conn., School District.
Kim holds a master’s of education degree from the University of Texas, Brownsville, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University.
Elizabeth Ward - Second Grade Faculty Assistant
Elizabeth Ward will be the faculty assistant in Katie Nawrocki’s second grade room. Elizabeth recently finished her master's degree in education from Rockhurst University. She served as a student teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District last year. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas.
Adrienne Whitham - Second Grade Teacher
Adrienne Whitham will become the new second grade teacher this fall. Adrienne has held a wide variety of teaching positions on the Wornall Campus over the past five years. When she joined Pembroke Hill in 2014, Adrienne served as a roving substitute teacher. The next year, she filled the role of first grade faculty assistant in Carrie Hallensleben’s classroom, and for the past three years, Adrienne was a faculty assistant in third grade with Darla Burns. Additionally, Adrienne has been a teacher in our summer programs leading an early childhood class and, last summer, the Culinary Creations courses.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with endorsements in unified early childhood and K - 8 reading, from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Miriam Zavagnin - Wornall Campus Interim Wellness Counselor
Many early childhood and lower school children and families are already familiar with our new Wornall Campus interim wellness counselor, Miriam Zavagnin. Miriam has served the past three years as a mindfulness instructor in both divisions. A graduate of Rockhurst University, Miriam holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in education. She has taught Spanish in the Blue Springs School District and at Notre Dame de Sion. Since 2013, Miriam has owned her own business presenting mindfulness and yoga instruction for children. She will complete her Mindful Schools certification next month.
Maria Canning - Middle School Science Teacher
Maria Canning joins the middle school as the new science teacher. Maria comes to Pembroke Hill from St. Louis, where she taught middle school science at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. She has also taught middle school science at St. Peter Catholic School in Kirkwood, Mo., and at Bishop Byrne Middle and High School in Memphis, Tenn. Maria received a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in teaching from Christian Brother University in Memphis.
Tiffany Kelley ’96 - Middle School Assistant Principal
Tiffany Kelley ’96 moves over to the Ward Parkway Campus to be the new middle school assistant principal. Tiffany has served in many roles in our school for the last 18 years, including teaching in both the early childhood school and in kindergarten.
Additionally, she has worked with students across all ages in a variety of capacities. For the past four years, Tiffany has been the technology and innovation coach for the early childhood and lower schools. Tiffany has a bachelor's degree in early childhood and childhood development from Vanderbilt University.
Leslie Berger ’01 - Upper School Counselor
Leslie Berger ’01 will be the new upper school counselor. Leslie recently worked as an intensive outpatient therapist at KidsTLC, where she prepared and implemented after-school therapeutic groups for ages 6-18. Prior to that, she served as a counselor in the lower and upper schools at Notre Dame de Sion. Leslie has also coached basketball at the high school and college level at Sion, Mid-America Nazarene University and Washington University in St. Louis. She also played basketball internationally in Israel.
Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis; a master’s degree in health education and promotion from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a master’s degree in school counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene.
Tracy Herber - Upper School Performing Arts Chair
Tracy Herber will be the new upper school theatre arts teacher and performing arts chair. Her extensive experience, both on the professional stage and in the classroom, will greatly enhance theatre training for our students.
Tracy has been a theatre adjunct professor with the University of Missouri - Kansas City and Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Additionally, she was an artist in residence for The Lucy School in Middleton, Md., and a guest lecturer at The University of Kansas.
A graduate of UMKC, Tracy holds a master of arts degree in theatre history and dramaturgy. She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Jennifer Marien - Upper School Assistant Principal-Faculty Development
Dr. Jennifer Marien takes over the upper school assistant principal-faculty development role. Jennifer recently taught eighth and ninth grade history as a founding faculty member at Thaden School in Bentonville, Ark. For five years prior to her time at Thaden, she was the PK–12 social studies department chair at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minn., where she was responsible for teacher coaching and evaluation, along with curriculum development and alignment.
In addition to her independent school experience, Jennifer has taught on the college level, including as an assistant professor at Lehman College, City University of New York. In that position, she presented classes in methods of teaching and served as the interim program director for the master’s program in social studies/history.
Jennifer holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Harvard University; a master’s degree in history from Indiana University; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.
Andrew Mills - Middle and Upper School Latin
Andrew Mills brings his Latin expertise to the middle and upper school as the new Latin teacher. Andrew has taught Latin at several schools in California, Nevada and Canada, including Branksome Hall in Toronto; Sage Ridge College Preparatory School in Reno, Nev.; Le Lycee de Francais de Los Angeles; and recently at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Waterloo; a master’s degree in classics from the University of Western Ontario; and a graduate diploma in teaching from the University of Auckland.
Jermaine Thompson - Upper School English Teacher
The upper school has added Jermaine Thompson to its English department. Jermaine served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, teaching such classes as Community and Civic Engagement, Foundations of College Writing and Composition and Reading. He has also taught classes at Park University and Mississippi State University, and taught high school English at Columbus High School in Columbus, Miss.
Jermaine holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stillman College and two master’s degrees in poetry and English/creative writing from UMKC and Mississippi State, respectively.
Jeremy Watson - Middle And Upper School Accompanist
Jeremy Watson takes on the position of middle and upper school accompanist full-time. Jeremy has served as the music director at Musical Theatre Heritage and for Epic Entertainment in Kansas City. He also is the contemporary worship director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit.
Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jim Young - Upper School English Teacher
Jim Young moves over to Jordan Hall to join the upper school English department. Jim has been teaching Latin in the middle and upper school since 1996. He holds a master's degree in classical languages from the University of Kansas, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in classical languages and philosophy.
Barb Head - Interim Director of Development
Barb Head will take over as the interim director of development this year. Barb comes to Pembroke Hill with a wealth of development experience in senior positions at several Kansas City area institutions. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she served in a variety of roles including assistant vice chancellor for advancement and assistant vice chancellor for campaign planning. She has also been associated with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as senior development officer for individual and major gifts; KU Endowment Association as assistant vice president, constituent development; and the University of Kansas Health System as senior director, major gifts.
Barb holds both a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a law degree from Washburn University.
Sandra Rodriguez - Director of Parent Programs
Sandra Rodriguez started her new role as director of parent programs this summer. Prior to joining the early childhood school last year as an early years faculty assistant, Sandra served as the volunteer coordinator and assistant house manager with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and has undertaken graduate studies in contemporary Latin American art.
Brad Shelley - Head of School
Brad Shelley took over as the new head of school in July. Brad has had extensive involvement with independent schools beginning as a student at Casady School in Oklahoma City, Okla. He recently served as an associate headmaster at McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md., where he shared responsibility for day-to-day functions, including supervising three division heads, the director of equity and inclusion, and the director of innovation and learning. Additionally, he oversaw development, admissions, communications and operations.
Last summer, he received a master’s degree in education with a concentration in educational studies, along with a graduate certificate in leadership in independent schools, from Johns Hopkins University. He also graduated from Trinity University with a degree in communications and a minor in business.
Debbie Treglia - Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events
Debbie Treglia was named director of alumni relations and special events last December. Debbie has been with Pembroke Hill for 13 years - the last eight of which have been in the development office as the director of parent programs and special events.
Prior to serving in the development office, Debbie was the administrative assistant in the early childhood school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and administration from Ashford University.