Otto-Eldred Elementary
Otto-Eldred Elementary
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Teachers & 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

Lindsay Burns
Director of Pupil Services 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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Nichole M. Garthwaite

Nichole M. Garthwaite
Elementary Principal
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About Nichole M. 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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Support Staff

Calib Chernish

Calib Chernish
Behavioral Support Specialist
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Amy Coffman

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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Cheryl Kriner

Cheryl Kriner
Nurse (HS and ES)
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Taylor Palmer

Taylor Palmer
Behavioral Support Specialist
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Nicole Rhinehart

Nicole Rhinehart
Social Worker
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Lorinda Smith

Lorinda Smith
Speech Therapist
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Colleen Storer

Colleen Storer
Elementary School Counselor
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About Colleen Storer

Hello! My name is Colleen Storer, and I am the 7–12 school counselor at Otto-Eldred Jr. Sr. High School! This is my first year at OEHS, and I am very excited to be here! I am a Bradford, Pennsylvania native, so I have a short jaunt over the hill to get here. In my free time I like to bake, travel, spend time with my husband, Joe and our son, Leo, and be outdoors. I am a big college football fan (Go, Notre Dame!) and love going to Buffalo Sabres games!

Education:

  • Class of 2016 - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BS in Child Development and Family Relationships
  • Class of 2018 - St. Bonaventure University 
  • MSEd in School Counseling 
  • Pennsylvania Certified PK–12 School Counselor
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Amanda Tanner

Amanda Tanner
Reading Interventionist
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Mary Templin

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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Teachers

 

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Valerie Archer

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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Valerie Blauser

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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Chelsea Brien

Chelsea Brien
3rd Grade
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Rachel Burkhouse

Rachel Burkhouse
Librarian & Gifted Support Teacher
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About Rachel Burkhouse

  • Began teaching at Otto-Eldred Elementary School in 2014
  • Bachelor of Science in early level education from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Library and Information Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania certified pre-k–4
  • Pennsylvania certified library science pre-k–12
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Nicole Cochran

Nicole Cochran
Learning Support Teacher
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Amber DeCorte

Amber DeCorte
Band Director
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Scott Flexman

Scott Flexman
STEM
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About Scott Flexman

  • Over 20 years of teaching experience
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Diane Gardner

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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Karen Givan

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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Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham
Emotional Support Teacher
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About Nicole Graham

  • 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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Kera Hendershot

Kera Hendershot
3rd Grade
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Shannon Kio

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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Lauren Lawson

Lauren Lawson
Preschool Teacher
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About Lauren Lawson

  • B.S. Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 
  • PA Certifications: Elementary K-6, Library Science K-12, English 7-12, and Health K-12
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Teri Lucas

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

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

Tammy Maxson
Art Teacher
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Michelle McNett

Michelle McNett
Physical Education Teacher
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Kirsten Perry

Kirsten Perry
5th 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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Tammy Reitler

Tammy Reitler
6th 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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Ursula Rosenswie

Ursula Rosenswie
5th 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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Tammy Schenfield

Tammy Schenfield
4th Grade
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Megan Sherwood

Megan Sherwood
Learning Support Teacher
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About Megan Sherwood

  • 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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Melanie Splain

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

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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Aides

Mary Arbore

Mary Arbore
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Kristen Baker

Kristen Baker
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Sue Bell

Sue Bell
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Darian Bruno

Darian Bruno
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Andrea Falk

Andrea Falk
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Abigail Fitch

Abigail Fitch
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JoRenee Housler

JoRenee Housler
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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee
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Allison Mericle

Allison Mericle
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Billi Rees

Billi Rees
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Technology

Kurt Covert

Kurt Covert
Technology Coordinator
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Cafeteria

Sharon Green

Sharon Green
Cafeteria
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Chris Krott

Chris Krott
Food Service Director
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James Martin

James Martin
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Sharon Nichols

Sharon Nichols
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Val Nichols

Val Nichols
Kitchen Manager
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Tina Windsor

Tina Windsor
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Custodian

Rob Good

Rob Good
Custodian
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Boo Sanderson

Boo Sanderson
Custodian
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Deb Shaffer

Deb Shaffer
Custodian
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