Otto-Eldred Elementary
Otto-Eldred Elementary

Teachers and Staff

The faculty and staff at Otto-Eldred Elementary School work as a team to provide a positive environment and a high-quality educational experience for every student. We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have to address individual needs. Please contact any member of our team; we'd love to get to know you better.

Administration

Lindsay Burns
Principal of Elementary and Special Education
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About Lindsay Burns

  • Bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University
  • Master's degree from Edinboro University
  • Certifications for supervisor of special education and k-12 administration
  • 11 years at Otto-Eldred School District
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Melissa Merry
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
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About Melissa Merry

  • Bachelor of science degree from Slippery Rock University
  • Post-baccalaureate degree in education from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Master's degree in reading and literacy (K-12) from Walden University
  • Principal certification from Gannon University
  • 13 years teaching experience - six years in the Bradford Area School District and seven years in the Otto-Eldred School District
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Teachers

Kimberly Alfieri
Guidance Counselor
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About Kimberly Alfieri

  • Otto-Eldred High School graduate (1992)
  • B.A. in human relations/psychology from University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. in elementary school counseling from Edinboro University
  • Pennsylvania certification in elementary school counseling
  • 15 years at Otto-Eldred Elementary School
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Valerie Archer
2nd Grade
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About Valerie Archer

  • B.S. in elementary education with dual certification in early childhood education from Mansfield University 
  • M.S. in early childhood studies from Walden University
  • Mother of four with over 15 years teaching experience
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Kristin Bentley
6th Grade
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About Kristin Bentley

  • Early education (pre-K-6) from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 
  • Master's degree in reading/literacy
  • Has been working at Otto-Eldred since 2013 as literacy tutor and classroom teacher (various grades)
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Valerie Blauser
6th Grade
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About Valerie Blauser

  • B.S. in education from Indiana University of PA
  • Master's in science education from Clarion University 
  • 18 years of teaching experience
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Rachel Burkhouse
Librarian
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About Rachel Burkhouse

  • Began teaching at Otto-Eldred Elementary School in 2014
  • Pennsylvania certified pre-K through 4
  • Pennsylvania certified library science K-12
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Nicole Cochran
Learning Support Teacher
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Amanda Davis
Physical Education Teacher
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About Amanda Davis

  • Bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management
  • Bachelor's degree in health and physical education
  • Minor in coaching
  • Currently enrolled in master's program for educational leadership from Edinboro
  • Four years teaching experience in health and physical education
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Rob Dickinson
4th Grade
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About Rob Dickinson

  • B.S. Penn State University (1992) 
  • Teaching certification from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (2002) 
  • M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University (2006) 
  • Educational leadership/principal certification (K-12) from Gannon University (2008)
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Drenda Duke
Music
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About Drenda Duke

  • Bachelor of music in music therapy and music education from Mansfield University
  • Masters of elementary education with a concentration in science from Mansfield University
  • PMEA member
  • LiPS Instructor
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Scott Flexman
2nd Grade
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About Scott Flexman

  • Over 20 years of teaching experience
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Diane Gardner
1st Grade
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About Diane Gardner

  • B.S. in geology from University of Louisiana
  • Elementary education certification from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Education Student of the Year (2004) 
  • 12 years teaching at Otto-Eldred Elementary School (grades 1 and 3)
  • Adjunct professor in geology at Jamestown Community College
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Nichole Garthwaite
4th Grade
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About Nichole Garthwaite

  • B.A. in social sciences from University of Pittsburgh
  • Elementary education certification
  • M.A. in teaching from Marygrove College
  • Master's in education (educational leadership) from Edinboro University
  • Professional certifications include: Pennsylvania elementary education (K-6), Pennsylvania mid-level English (7-9), Maryland certification in elementary education (1-6), Pennsylvania school administration principal certification (K-12)
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Karen Givan
2nd Grade
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About Karen Givan

  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood/elementary education from Mercyhurst University
  • Master's degree in reading specialist from Saint Bonaventure University
  • Otto-Eldred for 16 years - ten years as a title 1 reading specialist, three years as a kindergarten teacher, and three years teaching 2nd grade
  • Proud mom of two amazing boys!
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Amy Jordan
Pre-School Teacher
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About Amy Jordan

  • BS in education from State University of NY at Geneseo; early childhood and psychology minor
  • Worked at IU#9 Early Intervention for 14 years
  • Specialized pre-school teacher 
  • Enjoying teaching Pre-K for Otto-Eldred for the past nine years
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Shannon Kio
4th Grade
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About Shannon Kio

  • Graduated from Port Allegany High School
  • Bachelor's degree in human relations/elementary from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Master's degree in reading from Edinboro University
  • Master's degree in science from Walden University
  • Reading specialist certificate
  • 12 years teaching experience
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Teri Lucas
Learning Support Teacher
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About Teri Lucas

  • Bachelor of science in special education (K-12) from Slippery Rock University
  • Master's in teaching and curriculum from Penn State
  • Master's equivalency 29 years teaching experience from East Stroudsburg University
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Mary Mahar-Yoder
Kindergarten
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About Mary Mahar-Yoder

  • Bachelor's and master's in elementary education from St. Bonaventure University
  • 30 credits continuing education from East Stroudsburg University
  • 18 years teaching full-time
  • One-and-a-half years substitute teaching
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Tammy Maxson
Art Teacher
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Chelsey Murray
Gifted Support Teacher
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About Chelsey Murray

  • Four years teaching experience (three years at Otto-Eldred)
  • Bachelor of arts degree from Mercyhurst College (2010)
  • Master's of education degree in middle/secondary education from Edinboro University (2011)
  • Master's of education degree in special education (2015)
  • Currently pursuing an endorsement in gifted education (K-12)
  • Current certifications include biology (grades 7-12), mid-level science (grades 6-9), mid-level mathematics (grades 6-9), and special education (grades 7-12)
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Kirsten Perry
3rd Grade
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About Kirsten Perry

  • Liberal arts degree from Jamestown Community College
  • Elementary education degree from Slippery Rock University of PA
  • 20 years teaching experience
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Kristie Ramsey
Technology
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Tammy Reitler
5th Grade
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About Tammy Reitler

  • Otto-Eldred HS graduate
  • B.S. degree in elementary and early childhood education from Clarion University of PA
  • M.S. degree in science education from Clarion University of PA
  • 21 years teaching experience

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Ziva Rios
3rd Grade
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About Ziva Rios

  • B.S. from University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Elementary teacher for 15 years

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Ursula Rosenswie
3rd Grade
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About Ursula Rosenswie

  • Bachelor of science in elementary education from Mansfield University
  • Master of education in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University

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Tammi Rouff
Learning Support Teacher
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About Tammi Rouff

  • Bachelor's in elementary education from SUNY Oswego
  • Master's in elementary education (N-6) from SUNY Cortland
  • Master's in special education (pre-K-6) from Edinboro Universitry
  • Certifications: instructional II - early childhood (N-3), instructional II - elementary (K-6), instructional II - special education (pre-K-8)
  • Schools and subjects taught:
    • Little Learners Pre-school - 4-year-olds
    • Huntington - K-8
    • Syracuse City Schools - 5th grade (8 years) and kindergarten (8 years) 
    • Otto-Eldred School District - special education (2008 to present)

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Lorinda Smith
Speech Therapist
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About Lorinda Smith

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) since 2014
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association ACE Award recipient
  • Speech language pathologist license in state of Pennsylvania since 2014
  • M.S. in communication disorders and sciences from SUNY Fredonia
  • B.S. in education (communication disorders) from California University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. in education (health and physical education K-12 and drivers education) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Nicole Smith
Emotional Support Teacher
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About Nicole Smith

  • Bachelor of science in elementary education from St. Bonaventure University
  • Master of science in special education/gifted education from St. Bonaventure University
  • Four years teaching K-6 emotional support
  • Pennsylvania N-12 special education certification
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Melanie Splain
Kindergarten
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About Melanie Splain

  • Bachelor of arts in elementary education from Alfred University
  • Master of science in childhood literacy from St. Bonaventure University

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James Stuck
1st Grade
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About James Stuck

  • B.S. from Lock Haven University
  • M.S. from Gannon University
  • 21 years teaching experience at Otto-Eldred

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Mary Templin
Nurse
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About Mary Templin

  • Graduate of Otto-Eldred Jr. Sr. High School
  • RN degree from Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of Pittsburgh
  • Certification in school nursing from University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of science in nursing from Regis University
  • Certification in health care education from Regis University
  • Post-master's certificate in health promotion and wellness from California University
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Amber Webster
Instrumental Music Teacher
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Sue Wertz
5th/6th Multi Age
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About Sue Wertz

  • Bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University
  • Master's degree from Lock Haven University
  • 18 years of experience in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5

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Stefanie Wolfe
5th Grade
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About Stefanie Wolfe

  • Graduate of Galeton Area High School (1990)
  • Bachelor of science in elementary education (exceptional children) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (1994) 
  • Master of science in education from Indiana Wesleyan University and Gannon University (2007) 
  • Professional certifications include: instructional II - elementary (grades K-6), instructional II - middle level English (grades 6-9), instructional II - middle level math (grades 6-9), instructional II - reading specialist (grades pre-K-12)
  • Professional experience includes 19 years teaching in public schools:
    • Otto-Eldred Elementary - grades 5 and 6 
    • Westfield Area Elementary School - grade 6
    • Cowanesque Valley Junior/Senior High School - 7th and 8th grade reading

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Megan Wolfe
Learning Support Teacher
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About Megan Wolfe

  • B.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Education certified in early childhood education (Pre-K-4), elementary education (5 & 6), and special education (N-12)
  • Currently teaching students with special needs (K-6)
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Support Staff

Sue Bell
Aide/Café Monitor
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Cathy Brown
Cafeteria
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Amy Coffman
Secretary to the Elementary Principal
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About Amy Coffman

  • Eight years at Otto-Eldred Elementary School
  • Five years as a kindergarten aide
  • Three years as an attendance secretary
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Beth De Long
Aide
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Brenda Dubetsky
Cafeteria
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Sharon Green
Cafeteria
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Lori Hall
Pre-School Aide
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Nichole Kreiner
Emotional Support Aide
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Cheryl Kriner
Nurse (HS and ES)
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Sharon Nichols
Cafeteria
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Jessica Pearce
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Amber Price-cline
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Billi Rees
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Debbie Rhinehart
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Deb Shaffer
Custodian
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Kayla Vancamp
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