Columbus City Preparatory
School for Girls
Highly Qualified Staff
Julianne Ballog
Language Arts

Miss. Ballog is the 7th grade English and Language Arts teacher. This is her first year teaching at CCPSG. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University with a focus on community-based practices. She is passionate for social justice and has interned for non-profits in the Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus areas. She enjoys running track and hopes to be involved with track this year. She believes that intensive reading and writing are the greatest steps students can take on their discovery of themselves, their community, and their world.

Elizabeth Braun-Remy
Physical Science / Social Studies

Mrs. Braun-Remy teaches 8th grade science and social studies. She has a masters degree in middle childhood (Grades 4-9) from Ohio State. She has taught in CCS for 15 years, five years at CCPSG. Her mother is a retired teacher, so she grew up not wanting to be a teacher because she saw how hard she worked! However, she soon realized that she loved working with kids and thus her journey began. She believes that learning starts with relationships and instilling confidence in students.

Allison Brooks
Instrumental Music

Ms. Brooks has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Marshall University and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from The Ohio State University. She has 15 years of experience teaching music. Ms. Brooks taught instrumental and vocal music at J.W. Fair Middle School in San Jose, California, elementary music at Horizon Science Academy, and this is her 5th year working in Columbus City Schools. She has taught at East High School, and this is her 4th year at CCPSG. Ms. Brooks believes that music can be used as a vehicle to enable students to achieve success. Music education enhances a student's overall learning and can take them to new heights. Being able to provide those opportunities is a great joy for her as an educator.

Michael Buziewicz

Michael Buziewicz teaches Information Technology and Introduction to Engineering. He received a Bachelors degree from DeVry University in Information Technology. He has had various functions in the I.T. profession including programmer, web developer, and a business systems analyst before teaching. He taught classes at Northeast Career Center while working on his Masters degree from The Ohio State University. His educational philosophy is to help students become proficient in technology and incorporate it into their daily lives. He helps female students understand that they can be successful and helps them find the next step in their pathway to successfully becoming an IT professioanl.

Cheli Cappetta
Vocal Music Director

Mrs. Cappetta holds two degrees - a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a Louisa Moats Literacy Concentration. She has also completed 39 of her 45 hours toward a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy, is an active performer and Singer-Songwriter. Mrs. Cappetta began her teaching career many years ago in CCS at the elementary level, worked in Worthington Schools for 5 years and has returned to CCS. In addition, Mrs. Cappetta is a private voice teacher, is an active music director, director and performer for plays and musicals in various venues around the city. Mrs. Cappetta firmly believes music and drama are disciplines that teach skills essential for success in life. Helping students discover their voice is her greatest challenge and accomplishment as an educator.

Linda Farrell

Mrs. Farrell is beginning her 7th year teaching art at CCPSG and her 34th year with Columbus City Schools. She moved from Sandusky, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University, where she received her Bachelors degree in Art Education. . Mrs. Farrell tries to instill in her students that art goes beyond putting pencil to paper or a paint brush to canvas. Whether you enjoy watching your favorite team in a big game, delving into a great read or cooking a delicious meal (a few of her guilty pleasures), we all have a creative side to explore and enjoy.

Erin Gutridge

Mrs. Gutridge is currently in her 12th year of teaching and her 7th year here at CCPSG. Mrs. Gutridge teaches 8th grade math.  She holds two degrees.  First, her Bachelors degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. Her second, a Masters degree from Ohio Dominican University. Her goal is to assist the girls at CCPSG to becoming confident young ladies while striving to reach a higher goal and their full potential.

Marcie Hatfield

Mrs. Hatfield holds two degrees from The Ohio State University: a Bachelors of Science in Psychology (2000) and a Master of Education degree (2001). She has taught in Columbus City Schools for all 15 years of her career as a teacher, with 10 years in elementary school and the past 5 years at CCPSG. As a mathematics teacher, she is always striving for her students to ask the question "why"; to not simply accept an answer, but to understand exactly why they are doing what they are doing when solving a problem. She also hopes that they learn to love math as much as she does!

Brittany Herb
Math / Science

Miss Herb graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) in Math and Science and from The Ohio State University with her Masters in Administration and Leadership. Miss Herb says, "I am with your student for 5-15 hours a week. I am a big part of her life. Please be sure to help me if I need you to check notebooks or homework. Don't hesitate to call!" Miss Herb believes that every student has the ability to learn and succeed if they have the willpower and determination to do so.

Margilee Hilson

Dr. Hilson teaches 6th grade science at CCPSG. She has been teaching for 31 years, 24 of them in Columbus City Schools. All three of her degrees are from The Ohio State University; B.S. Elementary Education, M.S. Family Relations and Human Development, and PhD Science Education. She has classroom teaching experience in both elementary and middle school. Dr. Hilson also teaches science methods classes to preservice teachers at The Ohio State University and has provided many years of teacher professional development within CCS. Her research interests and publications center on teaching science through inquiry.

Yolanda Johnson
Literature & Composition / Social Studies

Mrs. Johnson has been with the program since its founding in 2010 teaching both Literature & Composition and Social Studies. She is responsible for drafting the pledge that is recited daily by the ladies of CCPSG. Mrs. Johnson is a proud product of Columbus City Schools, graduating from Mifflin High School in 1995. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from The Ohio State University in 1999 as well as a Masters of Teaching degree with a concentration in Middle Childhood (grades 4-9) Literature and Social Studies from Otterbein College in 2003. Mrs. Johnson has spent 12 years in the district teaching and inspiring students with her philosophy in mind, "I believe that each student is unique and comes with their own individual needs. It is my job as an educator to help students meet their full potential by providing a safe environment and the tools to get them there."

Denise Jones
Physical Science

This is Ms. Jones's 23rd year of teaching. She earned both her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She began her career in North Carolina. From there, she moved overseas and taught military students for the Department of Defense in Turkey. She later returned back home to Ohio and has been working for Columbus City Schools ever since. Ms. Jones believes that not knowing is OK, but the ability to find the answer is empowering.

Kathy McInerney
Library Media Specialist
Mrs. McInerney is returning to CCPSG for her second year. She started her teaching career with Columbus City Schools as a 4th grade teacher at Trevitt and Devonshire. She then moved to Arizona where she worked as a Library Media Specialist for 14 years before moving back to the Buckeye state. She spent the last two years as the district librarian for North Union Local Schools, and she is happy to be back with CCS. Mrs. McInerney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from OSU and took her Library Science classes at Arizona State University. Mrs. McInerney is at CCPSG on Mondays and Thursdays. She loves to help students find books they will want to devour! If you want to go on an adventure but you can’t leave school, come to the library and check out a book.
Valerie Paskert
Special Education / Language Arts 
Valerie Paskert is excited to return to Columbus City Prep School for Girls where she teaches grades 6-8 in the Language Arts Resource room. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently, she earned a Reading Endorsement from The Ohio State University. She has been a reading interventionist in the district for the past 7 years, and has also spent one year teaching Special Needs Preschool. Mrs. Paskert strives to create a classroom that is supportive of all learners, and believes that with hard work and determination all students can be successful, life-long learners. 

P. Reed
Reading / Language Arts

Miss Reed currently teaches 8th Grade Reading/Language Arts. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University and a Master’s degree from North Central University. She has been teaching in Columbus City Schools since 1998 – 16 years at Buckeye Middle School and 1 year at Weinland Park Elementary. In 2013, she was named Columbus Parent Magazine’s Middle School Teacher of the Year and has earned her National Board Certification in 2004 and renewed it 9 years later. Her passion for empowering students and social justice, led her to take three years of Service Learning training to pass the ability to change the world on to her students. Working at CCPSG offers a unique opportunity for Miss Reed. Being the mother of two daughters, she believes her daughters will have the ability to make a difference in the world. In fact, she believes in CCPSG so much, she’s sending her daughter there too! 
Sarah Rhoads
7th Grade Social Studies
Mrs. Rhoads is excited to begin her second year Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher. She is in her 14th year working for Columbus City Schools and 11th year teaching. She has previously taught at Yorktown Middle School, Eastmoor Academy and Franklin Alternative Middle School. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from the Ohio State University, Mrs. Rhoads began working in the business world. After working in the business world and helping with a 4-H Club, she found her true passion was teaching and watching students find success. She then went back to school and obtained a teaching license and Master of Education in Literacy from Ashland University. In 2012, she was awarded a National Board Certification in Literacy. Mrs. Rhoads strongly believes every child can learn and be successful in the classroom.
Rachael Seibert
Language Arts / Social Studies

Mrs. Seibert first fell in love with language arts when she was a young child in elementary school. She remembers devouring Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell in the 4th grade, and from that book on she was hooked on reading! She decided to pursue her love of literature when she attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she graduated with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. Her specializations for her Bachelors degree are language arts and social studies with a Generalist degree in math and science. She decided to pursue her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction after only 2 years of teaching in Columbus City Schools. She graduated with her degree from the American College of Education within 15 months of starting the program. As a teacher, she wants all of her students to see books as endless adventures and she believes that all of her students can truly love reading; they just need the right book!

Mrs. Snyder
Intro to World Languages

Mrs. Snyder is our Intro to World Languages and Spanish teacher. This is her first year teaching at CCPSG and her third year teaching overall. Mrs. Snyder is a native of Columbus, attended Columbus City Schools for most of her education and discovered her love of the Spanish language and cultures during her experience in Spanish class at Woodward Park Middle School.

Mrs. Snyder earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wright State University in Modern Languages in Spanish as well as her Masters of Education degree from The Ohio State University. She has traveled to Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Spain, and Peru to continue learning more about the Spanish language and rich cultural experiences that each country has.

Mrs. Snyder is very passionate about her students and the experiences they bring. She loves to share her knowledge about the Spanish language and cultures with her students and hopes to bring life changing travel abroad opportunities to her students in the future.

April Stewart
Physical Education
Mrs. Stewart is currently certified to teach Physical Education K-12. She is also a proud graduate of Columbus City Schools. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Leisure Studies (2000) and a Master of Education degree (2001). Mrs. Stewart previously taught elementary school for 10 years before joining the CCPSG family, she is now beginning her 6th year. She is currently coaching high school track & field and middle school volleyball. She believes that when a student is both physically and mentally healthy, it helps them develop into an extremely versatile student. Her goal as a physical education teacher is to not only help develop more versatile students, but also to empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a physically active person throughout their lives.
Melissa Wengerd-Gertsch
School Counselor

Mrs. Wengerd-Gertsch attended The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Counselor Education. Her goal is to assist students, families, and staff in overcoming any barriers that may impede a student's learning.

Ms. Williams-Little
Special Education

Hello! My name is Ms. Williams-Little, and I am very excited to be joining the teaching team at Columbus City Preparatory for Girls! I am thrilled to be your teacher, and I am looking forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventures. I cannot wait to learn about you...but first, I will tell you a little about myself.

 I was born in Youngstown, Ohio and I moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University. After that, I attended Wright State University where I obtained my Master's Degree in Special Education. I have taught daycare through high school. For the past three years I taught grades 9-12 at Linden McKinley STEM Academy.  There is so much that I am looking forward to this year. Some of the topics we will cover in middle school include:geometry ratios, and graphing. One of my favorite things to teach are the basics... so you will have a great mathematical foundation to work with. I cannot wait to start this school year!  Communication: Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I will communicate with families via email or an app called Remind101. Hopefully, we can accomplish a lot together.
Principal - Ms. Stephanie Patton
614-365-6113  |   1390 Bryden Road Columbus, OH 43205
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