New Faculty and Staff Join the CJ Family

You could say that welcoming new faculty and staff to CJ this fall has been a bit of a family affair.

Almost a third of the school’s new employees have direct family ties, including husband and wife Eric and A.J. Grimm (pictured above). The couple officially signed their contracts with Principal John Marshall and their two boys Owen (2) and Dominic (10 months) on June 20. They are members of the Roots Lay Marianist community.

Others, like CJ parent Kelly Muhl and alumna Teresa Spanel ‘10, are formally returning to the CJ community as employees this fall after time away. Continue reading to learn more and meet all educators new to the CJ family in 2014-15. 

New Faculty & Staff

Carin Andrews, Development Database Coordinator
Carin joins the alumni and development office, which re-located to the second floor of Marianist Hall (formerly the home of the Brothers). She attended St. Joseph Commercial High School and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. Carin’s husband Bill taught and served as a substitute teacher at CJ for many years. She works as the database manager and replaces Emily Howard.

Mary Ellen Dillon, Long-term Substitute (Biology)
Mary Ellen, a biology professor at the University of Dayton, has agreed to serve as a long-term substitute for Amanda Ooten while she is on maternity leave. Amanda and her husband Michael welcomed their first child, a baby boy, into the world on July 16.
Mary Ellen plans to use a hybrid distance learning approach, making full use of the Chromebooks as part of Connected Classroom, and teach on campus part-time. She and her husband Tim Dillon, longtime CJ teacher and religion department chair, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary over the summer. 

Jenna Freisthler, Performing Arts Teacher
Jenna is a graduate of Anna High School and recently received her degree in music education from Ohio University. She joins the performing arts department part-time to teach Concert Choir and direct CJ’s pop a cappella group, Age V.

Julie Goetz, CPA, Director of Finance and Accounting
Julie replaced Sandy Ervin in the business office as director of finance and accounting in January 2014. She previously served as financial manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has worked in the financial offices at Deloitte, CareSource and Billback Systems. Julie holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her MBA from Wright State.

A.J. Grimm, Student Support Counselor (Guidance)
A.J. joins the guidance office as a student support counselor for students with last names H-O. She is a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy and holds her master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Dayton. A.J. takes over for Nicole Will, who took a full-time counselor position at Fairmont High School.

Eric Grimm, Science Teacher (PLTW)
Eric joins the science department to teach physics and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. He is a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School in Indianapolis and holds his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton. Before teaching, Eric worked in the field as an engineer at DRS Technologies in Beavercreek. He replaces Andy Helms, who accepted a coaching position at Carnegie Mellon University, and Bob Young, who will serve full-time as facilities director.

JoAnn Lieswyn, Visual Arts Teacher
JoAnn joins the faculty to teach ceramics. She is currently a resident artist and educator at the K12 TEJAS Gallery. CJ and K12 have entered into a partnership for this school year that will allow students to share resources and work on larger projects at the Jefferson Street studio. JoAnn takes the place of Janet Lasley who retired last school year.

Don MacLeod, Business Teacher
Don joins the faculty part-time and will teach business and accounting. He holds his degree in finance and accounting from the University of Dayton. Don is the husband of teacher and Cuvilly department chair Judi MacLeod ‘88.

Alex May, Network Technician (Netdemics LLC)
Alex, a native of Brookville, comes to CJ through Netdemics and will serve as the school’s on-site network technician. Netdemics LLC began providing technology support to CJ over the summer. Alex holds his associate’s degree from Sinclair, where he previously worked in the IT department, and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in network management information systems at Wright State.

Kelly Muhl, Admin. Assistant to the Principal
Kelly returns to CJ after one year away working for the Dayton Bar Association. Previously, she served in the guidance office for five years. Kelly now serves as administrative assistant to the principal, taking over for Lois Mann who retired last school year. This fall, Kelly is working as a guard instructor for the Eagle Pride pep band.

Bro. Allen Pacquing, S.M. (Ministry & Service)
Bro. Allen hails from Hawaii and will serve as an intern in the office of ministry and service. He is a second year novice brother with the Society of Mary, the Marianists, and hopes to profess his first vows next May 2015.

Bryan Sharpe, A Cappella Choir Director (Vega)
Bryan is a graduate of Fairmont High School and holds his degree in music from Wright State University. He joins the faculty part-time as director of CJ’s premier pop a cappella group, Vega, replacing Joe Whatley ‘04 who accepted a full-time teaching position at Winton Woods High School outside of Cincinnati.

Teresa Spanel '10, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Teresa returned to her alma mater as the alumni relations coordinator in June 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton this May. While at UD, Teresa was named a 2014 recipient of the Maureen E. O’Rourke Marianist Student Award for living out the Marianist charism. She is also a member of the Ardeo Spiritu Lay Marianist community. Teresa replaces Beau Slater who accepted a position at Wilmington College.

Familiar Faces, New Roles

In addition to welcoming 13 aboard, CJ also transitioned a few faculty and staff into new roles for the 2014-15 school year.

As announced in the June 19 issue of the CJ Parent Weekly, Jason Unger, assistant principal, now also serves as acting athletic director. He replaces Scott Pierce who accepted a position at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Greg Mueller, former English teacher and yearbook moderator, moves into the full-time role of administrator. He will provide support to the office of student services.

Teachers Lisa Colbert, religion, and Jordie Orr '05, math, will each pitch in to assist the office of ministry and service. Lisa will spend one period a day in the office in a supervisory role while Jordie inherits the Little Sibs program from Marilyn McCrate, who retired last school year.

Caitlin Bennett, who split time as a drama teacher and development events coordinator last school year, is now primarily teaching acting courses. She will continue her involvement with the school's theatre productions in fall and spring.

And finally, Bennett Davies was introduced as the new men's head golf coach at Meet the Eagles Night on August 7.