Auxiliary Teachers and Specialist Staff
Andrea Rosenthal Warnken
My name is Andrea Rosenthal Warnken and I am in my tenth year of teaching at CMA. I hold a BA in English and Theatre from Ohio Northern University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati. I clerked and worked as an attorney for several years before staying home with my two young daughters. When I decided to go back to work, I was thrilled to get the privilege of working in music education as music is and always has been my first love.
Some of my most joyful times in teaching are those break-through moments when you see a child master a difficult rhythm, conquer a tricky harmony or revel in the final notes of their group performance. Their self-satisfaction is worth all of the hard work. I also love the quiet moments when they are lost in a story or a melody and are completely at ease and free.
Being that guide, that person who draws out their imagination, their creativity and their best efforts is a true pleasure. Getting to work with a staff who are dedicated to each and every child’s development and sense of well-being is something I truly relish about CMA. No child is ever left behind–every child is nurtured, honored and brought forth into their highest potential.
Art and Physical Education
My name is LaDonna Brusch and my family joined the CMA family when our oldest daughter, Aria became a student here in 2003. Since then, I have been a volunteer, substitute teacher and instructional assistant. I currently have fun with the elementary children in Art and Physical Education. I earned my Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and I own my own business designing and creating gymnastics leotards. In 2008, I began substitute teaching in Fairfield Public Schools before choosing to spend more time at CMA. Since then, I have worked with every level in every subject from infant to 6th grade. I love to see the thoughtfulness from our children as they challenge themselves in creative, physical and social endeavors. At CMA, we are engaged in concepts and lessons that allow us to dig deep into the things that interest us most and be exposed to things that stretch beyond our personal experience. Everyday we learn how to support each other with assistance, encouragement and respect.
My name is McKenzee Wilkins and I support the Pre-Primary program (Earth room) and after care. I am a student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in athletic training. I started off as an Early Childhood Education major and ended up changing my major, but I always have and always will love working with kids. I have been at CMA since November 2011. I love seeing the kids learn new things and grow every day. I think CMA is special because it’s a very tight knit community, like a family.
My name is Robin Rice and I will be the new Intervention Specialist serving your students. I have a Masters of Education, as an Intervention Specialist from Mt. St. Joseph University. I am licensed to serve K-12 students. I am also finishing my PhD in Principal Licensure, which focuses in educational law.
I have an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design, a BS in Biblical Studies and Management and Ethics. I am hoping to learn about each of the students and how I can use my knowledge to help them become better more efficient learners. It will be a pleasure to work with your children, and I am excited to be a part of Central Montessori Academy.
My name is Patty DeVer. I am an Intervention Specialist who will be supporting children within the classroom. I have a Master’s degree from Youngstown State University and have certifications in Special Education, Reading, Computer Science and Elementary Education. I have taught for 33 years in all grades and all areas of Special Education. I am very excited about getting to know the students and staff at CMA.
My name is Shari Rouse. I have been working at CMA since 2011 and began as an Aftercare teacher. In 2012, I was a teachers assistant in the Earth Room working with Ms. Gayla and Ms. Melina. I am currently the before and after care coordinator, the before care teacher, and the intervention reading specialist working with all age levels on their reading and writing. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a reading endorsement from Miami University in 2007. In 2017, I graduated from Miami University with my Master’s in Language and Literacy with a Third Grade Guarantee. Since college I have worked in several educational environments and none compares to Central Montessori Academy. The most exciting aspect is the close, caring community that encompasses CMA. This community provides support to older children who are role models, to younger children who gain confidence, and to the teachers who provided freedom within limits to allow those active seekers appropriate time to pursue their knowledge and independence. CMA is not only special because of the children who provide us with laughter, joy, and the realization of why we became teachers; however it is also because of the community, families, and parents that provide support, time, and help when needed.
My name is McKenzie Wills and I am a Speech Language Pathologist. I have worked with children from ages 3-18 with a variety of communication needs. I received my undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University and my Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from University of Toledo. Outside of work, I enjoy being in nature, working as a ropes course instructor, and cheering on the Buckeyes! I am so excited to be joining the team at Central Montessori Academy.
My name is Rachel Bonar, I am so excited to begin working with the students, families and staff at Central Montessori Academy. l am graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and also a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have had the privilege of working with children in a variety of settings and roles. I have experience working in Lakota Local Schools as well as Cincinnati Public Schools. Through each of these valuable experiences I have learned so much and gained even more of a passion for Occupational Therapy and helping students to have success in school. I am looking forward to contributing my skills and enthusiasm to Central Montessori Academy!”