New Staff Join the Keystone Family

New Staff Join the Keystone Family

We are excited to welcome new staff members to the Keystone family.  These educators went through a highly-competitive interview process and proved to be the best and most highly-qualified candidates for their respective positions.

Kendall Poole, Fourth Grade Teacher

Kendall Poole attended the University of Cincinnati, obtaining her Early Childhood Education degree.  She student taught at the Kings Mills School District in Cincinnati. Poole states, “I am excited to be at Keystone and work with all these amazing people that have been so helpful. I am eager to dig into the new science program and use it to engage the students and help them learn about science in a fun and interactive way.”

Jon Bailey, Athletic Director

Jon Bailey earned a degree in Middle Childhood Education from the University of Mount Union and completed his graduate work at the University of Akron in Educational Administration. Bailey taught ninth grade for ten years and coached football and baseball. He also served as an assistant principal at Edwards Middle School in the Brunswick City School District. Bailey states, “I am excited to be at Keystone because of the great people and students I have met over the past two months.  My goals this year are to support our student athletes and coaches to put them in the best positions to be successful both on and off the field.”

Kristen Matz, Fifth Grade Tutor

Kristen Matz attended Ohio State University and Ashland University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a fourth-fifth grade Reading Endorsement. Matz completed her teaching internship at Garfield Elementary in Medina. Of teaching at Keystone, Matz states, “I’m excited to be at Keystone because everyone has been so welcoming, and I can already tell what a great community surrounds the District. I am eager to develop positive relationships with my students to help them learn and grow.”

Abigail Ratcliff, 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher

Abigail Ratcliff attended Baldwin Wallace University, earning a degree in K-5 General Education and K-12 Mild/Moderate Needs. She taught preschool for four years at Family Life Childcare Centers and four years coaching martial arts at Adventure MMA. Ratcliff comments that she is excited to be a part of the positive community at Keystone.

Meredith Karg, KES 4th Grade Tutor

Karg graduated from Wittenberg University in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She then attended Ohio State University where she received her fourth and fifth Grade Endorsement. She taught second and third grade in Columbus for the past seven years. She is excited to now live in the Cleveland area and to join the Keystone Elementary Team!

Karg states, "I am ecstatic to start a new adventure here at Keystone Elementary School! Everyone is so welcoming and personable. One of my favorite aspects of teaching is helping kids find their strengths and passion for learning!"

Alair Sokolowski, Third Grade Tutor

Alair Sokolowski attended Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development. She earned a teaching license from Otterbein University in first-eighth grade. Sokolowski has 10+ years of experience in the teaching profession. She taught first grade for North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She also worked as a first grade teacher for the Catholic Diocese in Lexington, Kentucky and taught second/ third graders for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington. Sokolowski comments, “I love the energy and positive vibe here at Keystone Elementary and am honored to be part of this wonderful school family. I have taught (and subbed) in many schools and have never experienced a staff that is so positive, approachable, and professional.”

Rebecca van Wingerden, Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher

Rebecca van Wingerden is excited to join the Keystone Elementary family this year. Van Wingerden graduated from Cedarville University with Bachelor's degrees in Special Education K-12 and Early Childhood Education. Formerly, she taught intervention at London City Schools and Title I reading/math at Dublin City Schools. Van Wingerden states, "I am very thankful to be a part of such a supportive, positive community. I look forward to contributing to a wonderful team of educators and helping our students achieve their best."

Brianne Tabar, Third Grade Teacher

Brianne Tabar graduated from Ohio University, earning both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Her Bachelor's Degree is in Early Childhood Education and her Master's Degree is in Reading Education. This is her second year teaching as last year she taught kindergarten at West Elementary School in Athens, Ohio. Brianne states, "There are so many reasons as to why I am excited to be here at Keystone. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, helpful, and kind. I love the "family-feel" of the community and feel so lucky to be a part of it."

Taylor Brouse, Fifth Grade Special Education Teacher

Taylor Brouse graduated from Bowling Green State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (K-12) and certification as an Intervention Specialist. This is her second year of teaching as last year she was an intervention specialist in a sixth grade classroom at New London Middle School. Taylor states, "I am super excited to be at Keystone because everyone is so positive and truly enjoys teaching! I hope to create meaningful relationships with my 5th grade team and students this year!"