Highly Qualified StaffPrincipal Patton
Leadership Team - Principal
Ms. Patton is a proud alumni of The Ohio State University. She also has her Master’s Degree from Xavier University and is currently pursuing her doctorate. She started out as a Social Studies teacher and has been in education for over 20 years. She has been an administrator since 2006. She has a love for learning and enjoys her current role of leading the strong young ladies of CCPSG.Julianne Ballog
Ms. Ballog is the 7th grade English and Language Arts teacher. This is her second 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 is the assistant coach for CSPG. 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. She has a masters degree in middle childhood (Grades 4-9) from Ohio State. She has taught in CCS for 15 years. This is her 5th year at CCPSG. Her mother is a retired teacher and she grew up not wanting to be a teacher because she saw how hard her mother 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
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.Emily Burk
Ms. Burk is the Spanish teacher at CCPSG. As her first year at CCPSG, and fourth year teaching overall, she is thrilled to be here. She grew up in Worthington, then earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish education and minor in dance at Otterbein University. To immerse herself in the Spanish language, Ms. Burk studied abroad in Spain during college and taught English in Costa Rica after graduating. Traveling to explore the world’s beauty and experience different cultures is one of Ms. Burk’s passion that she shares with her students. She strives to teach the importance of being a global citizen and bilingualism. Some of her favorite things include warm weather, kitties, a good joke, delicious food, and ballet.“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” –CharlemagneTechnologyCheli CappettaVocal 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 GutridgeMathematics
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.
Yolanda JohnsonLiterature & 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."
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.P. Reed
Reading / Language ArtsMiss Reed currently teaches 8th Grade Humanities and 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 daughters there too!Dustin Reuter6th Grade MathMr. Reuter is a fun, outgoing, energetic teacher who loves to help students learn about math and life. He is the 6th grade math teacher at CCPSG. This is his 5th year teaching, and his first in the district of CCS. He just got married this summer to his beautiful wife, Katie. He graduated from Otterbein university with a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education. He has a cat named Huey. In his spare time he likes to play sports, (baseball is his favorite), watch sports (football is his favorite), workout, or hangout with friends! He looks forward to teaching your student this year and hopefully to build a strong relationship that will last through high school with them!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. 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
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.