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

Mrs. Burns serves as the Director of Pupil Services and Special Education. Mrs. Burns focuses her efforts on state requirements set forth under Chapter 14 (Special Education), Chapter 15 (504 Service Agreements) and Chapter 16 (Gifted Education). Further Mrs. Burns serves as the Homeless Liaison, Foster Care Liaison, and Act 1 Point of Contact. Mrs. Burns is the district transportation coordinator and oversees all student services, which includes cooperative professional relationships with outside agencies.

Mrs. Burns graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2005. She continued her education at Edinboro University where she completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership (2010) and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (2021). Mrs. Burns holds certification in Elementary Education, Special Education, Administration K-12, Supervision of Special Education K-12, and Superintendency. Mrs. Burns has worked within the Otto-Eldred School District since 2005.

Mrs. Burns resides in Bradford with her husband, Corey, and their two children, Cooper and Beckett.

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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

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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Sophia Graham

Sophia Graham
Nurse
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Kera Hendershot

Kera Hendershot
School Counselor
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Ann Kelley

Ann Kelley
Behavioral Specialist
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Cameron Magee

Cameron Magee
Behavioral Specialist
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Taylor Palmer

Taylor Palmer
Behavioral 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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Christine Yingling

Christine Yingling
Reading Interventionist
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Valerie Archer

Valerie Archer
2nd Grade Teacher
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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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Katie Barrett

Katie Barrett
Music Teacher
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Valerie Blauser

Valerie Blauser
6th Grade Teacher
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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

Rachel Burkhouse
Librarian
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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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Lauren Chase

Lauren Chase
Pre-K Teacher
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Nicole Cochran

Nicole Cochran
3rd Grade Teacher
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Amber DeCorte

Amber DeCorte
Band Director
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Scott Flexman

Scott Flexman
S.T.E.M. Teacher
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About Scott Flexman

  • Over 20 years of teaching experience
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Diane Gardner

Diane Gardner
1st Grade Teacher
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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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Shannon Kio

Shannon Kio
4th Grade Teacher
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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

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 Teacher
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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 Teacher
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  • 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 Teacher
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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 Teacher
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Megan Sherwood

Megan Sherwood
Learning Support Teacher
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  • 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 Teacher
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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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Caitlin Stickle

Caitlin Stickle
Kindergarten Teacher
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Jim Stuck

Jim Stuck
1st Grade Teacher
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  • B.S. from Lock Haven University
  • M.S. from Gannon University
  • 21 years teaching experience at Otto-Eldred

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Amber Sudbrook

Amber Sudbrook
3rd Grade Teacher
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Amanda Tanner

Amanda Tanner
Learning Support Teacher
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Aides

Mary Arbore

Mary Arbore
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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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Allison Mericle

Allison Mericle
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Billi Rees

Billi Rees
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Darian Richardson

Darian Richardson
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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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Val Nichols

Val Nichols
Kitchen Manager
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Anna Schiesl

Anna Schiesl
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Tina Windsor

Tina Windsor
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Custodian

Sherri Cook

Sherri Cook
Custodian
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Rob Good

Rob Good
Custodian
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Jim Pantuso

Jim Pantuso
Maintenance Supervisor
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Justin Rixford

Justin Rixford
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