Highly Qualified Staff
Principal Shannon Tucker
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Shannon Tucker is a product of Columbus City School. In her twenty-five years with Columbus City Schools, she has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, mathematics instructional coach, leadership intern, assistant principal, and principal. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education with a mathematics focus from Ohio University and a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.
During her personal time, Principal Tucker enjoys spending time with her three daughters, reading, and listening to music. Having served in 2016 as the assistant principal for Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls (CCPSG), she is honored to return as the principal to CCPSG. Principal Tucker has a passion for helping young people grow socially, emotionally, and academically. She is dedicated to giving back and loves serving the students, teachers, and parents of Columbus City Schools.
AP Marcia Davis
Mrs. Davis is the Leadership Intern this year at CCPSG. This is her 24th year as an educator and her 20th in CCS. Mrs. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University, a Master of Education degree from Xavier University, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Studies from The Ohio State University and she is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages other than English. Mrs. Davis has taught Spanish at Yorktown MS, Marion-Franklin HS, Buckeye MS, and Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy. She was a PAR Consulting Teacher for four years, serving as a mentor and evaluator for first-year teachers in CCS. She enjoys baking, listening to music, watching basketball, and spending time with her family – her husband, their three children (ages 15, 17, and 18), and their dog. Mrs. Davis is a lifelong learner who enjoys working with young people and helping them prepare to reach the next level.
Ms. Ballog is the 8th grade Humanities and English and Language Arts teacher. This is her fourth 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 about social justice and has interned for nonprofits in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus areas. She enjoys running and is the assistant coach for CCSPG. She believes that intensive reading and writing are the greatest steps students can take on their discovery of themselves, their community, and their world.
Mrs. Braun-Remy teaches 7th and 8th grade science. She has a Master’s Degree in middle childhood (Grades 4-9) from Ohio State. She has taught in CCS for 17 years. This is her 8th 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 loves working with kids and thus her journey began. She believes that learning starts with relationships and instilling confidence in students.
Ms. Brooks has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Marshall University and a master’s of music degree in music performance from The Ohio State University. She has 17 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 9th year working in Columbus City Schools. She has taught at East High School, and this is her 8th 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.
Mrs. Bush has been with Columbus City Schools since Aug 2015, started out in the kindergarten room as an Instructional Assistant . In 2016, she was promoted to a peak teacher; now she supports administration at CCPSG. She graduated in 2007 with her Associates degree from Bradford College.
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 Master’s 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.
The 2020-21 school year, will mark Ms. Essig’s 7th year as a school counselor. She says, “It’s absolutely the best job ever!” She loves working with students, families and teachers to propel student learning and help students trek the bright future that awaits them. Ms. Essig has been a high school and middle school counselor, has experience in K-12 from a behavioral health perspective and has worked in online and in-person school settings. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters degree in Education focusing in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. Currently, she is earning a Masters at the University of Dayton in Clinical Mental Health. Ms. Essig grew up in the Central Ohio area, she has two children who she adores and has a sweetheart of a dog who likes to “Zoom bomb”. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, riding her bike, going for a jog, gardening and traveling every chance she gets. For the 2020-21 school year, Ms. Essig will be working at CCPSG three days a week and will be at CNIS two days a week. She is excited about the upcoming school year and can’t wait to get started!
Mrs. Farrell is beginning her 10th year teaching art at CCPSG and her 37th year with Columbus City Schools. She moved from Sandusky, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University, where she received her Bachelor’s 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.
Mrs. Glenn is an Intervention Specialist who teaches ELA in a resource room. She comes to teaching after a successful career in apparel, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Masters of Management and Technology, and a PhD. She also earned an Intervention Specialist license from Capital University. While she has been in the education field for 5 years in various positions, this is her first year at CCPSG. She enjoys working with middle school students and wants students to find their talents.
Jennifer Glenn MS, CAGS
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Mrs. Glenn earned her B.S. in Psychology from Wittenberg University, and her M.S./CAGS in Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University. She has been a practicing school psychologist for 11 years, and this is her fifth year in CCS. Mrs. Glenn works with students to help determine their individual strengths and areas of challenge, then works with educators to determine how to best support each student. Her favorite moments are when students use skills taught in one setting to solve a problem in another setting. Her goal is to help remove barriers to education for students and their families.
Mrs. Gutridge is currently in her 16th year of teaching and her 10th year here at CCPSG. Mrs. Gutridge teaches 6th grade math. She holds two degrees. First, her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. Her second, a Master’s 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.
Ms. Hardy is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has been employed with the CCS district since 2011. She has her bachelor's and master's degree Social Work. She is also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Go Bearcats! Ms. Hardy has experience in mental health and medical social work. When Ms. Hardy is not serving students; she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets; she also enjoys traveling and working out. Ms. Hardy is a firm believer that all children are capable of great things and that her job is to help facilitate that process!
Ms. Hayes teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. This is her first year teaching at CCPSG. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University. Ms. Hayes has always wanted to be a teacher and loves to support students in finding their voice. She is passionate about empowering young women, social justice, and building community. Her goal as a social studies teacher is to create a space where all students feel welcome to explore the world around them and encouraged to grow in their beliefs, passions, and abilities.
2020 is Mr. Hohl's first year CCPSG, and his 14th year teaching. Mr. Hohl is teaching 7th grade ELA. He graduated with a BA in English from Xavier University and holds a Masters degree in Literacy and Second Language Studies from the University of Cincinnati. He looks forward to getting to know his students and finding reading material that is interesting and challenging to them. When he is not teaching, Mr. Hohl enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading, camping, and building things.
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."
This is Ms. Jones's 26th 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.
Mr. Reuter is a fun, outgoing, energetic teacher who loves to help students learn about math and life. He is the 7th grade math teacher at CCPSG. This is his 7th year teaching, and his third in the district of CCS. He just got married summer 2015 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 and a dog named Zelda (She has one eye). 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! He is ready, Are you?
This school year is my 13th year with CCS. I earned my degree from Ohio University after leaving a career managing auto repair shops. I enjoy working with middle school age kids and I love seeing the spark when they “get” a difficult concept. I also enjoy seeing the students work on hands-on projects that challenge their expectations of what they thought possible for themselves. I’m excited to bring this to my students at CCPSG!
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 Bachelor’s degree are language arts and social studies with a Generalist degree in math and science. She decided to pursue her Master’s 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. She has been teaching in Columbus City Schools for 11 years and 9 of those years have been at CCPSG. 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!
I am the school nurse at CCPSG three days per week. I am a Cleveland native, but have lived in Columbus for almost eight years. I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University. This is my third year as a nurse, and my first year as a school nurse within CCS. I’ve previously worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OSU Wexner Medical Center, and New London Local Schools. I am very passionate about school health services and the important role these services play in our community. In my free time, I love to run, hike, try new recipes, and spend time with my puppy Charlie.
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 9th 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.
Mr. Vanmeter retired from the I.T. industry after 25 years working as a private consultant and FTE for small businesses to global corporations. He has multiple I.T. certifications in Quality Assurance and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management of Information Sciences from The Ohio State University. He holds a CTE License in teaching and is attending The Ohio State University for his Master’s Degree in Education. He has several years of substitute teaching experience at Columbus Public Schools and was the Director of an after school program in Detroit, Michigan at Ford World Headquarters coordinating, writing, and teaching I.T. curriculum.
“There wasn't a college class that seemed to put it all together. It was like I was dropped into the workforce with all this head knowledge and not much business knowledge 26 years ago”. Mr. Vanmeter’s passion is to bring his experience gained to his classroom preparing our students for what lies ahead in the ever changing landscape of Business and Information Technology.
Duane C. Vasquez
Spanish and World Languages
Señor Vásquez or Profe, as his students call him, is a first year teacher with CCS. He has two BAs, one in Spanish Languages and Cultures, and one in Chinese Languages and Cultures from the Ohio State University. Born in Belize, he grew up speaking English, Spanish, and Creole and as an avid language learner has studied French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, and Tagalog at Los Angeles City College and UCLA in California. He is also a soccer coach in the district and runs a non-profit youth soccer training program for inner children. Señor Vásquez loves to teach and enjoys the challenges of learning new things, especially languages. Besides his Spanish and Intro to World Language classes here at CCPSG, he runs the Chinese Club, Japanese/Korean Club, and French Club where students have the opportunity to learn these languages. He is also the co-instructor of the newly created CCPSG Puma Drumline!
Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Viau is the library media specialist, with a passion for information literacy and creating lifelong readers. Prior to becoming a librarian, she taught high school English for eight years. She has a BA in English education from The University of Akron and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Mrs. Viau believes that being a reader creates strong leaders, and she looks forward to helping connect students with books that act as both mirrors and windows to the world.
Ms. Whitaker is thrilled to start her first year at CCPSG as the 8th grade Math teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education from The Ohio State University. She believes all children deserve a high quality education. Her goal is that her students grow as young mathematicians in their love of learning. She also wants to help students become confident young women who know how to advocate for themselves and take responsibility of their learning and growth.
A native of Illinois, Josiah is a new resident of Ohio. He has a strong background in hospitality, and he moved to Columbus from Washington, DC, where he provided services and information to the public at the Road Test/Commercial Driver License office of the DC Department of Motor Vehicles. Josiah is excited to utilize his hands-on approach and experiences in customer service to support the students, families, and staff of Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls.
Mrs. Zalewski is an Intervention Specialist who teaches Math in a resource room setting. She earned her Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Otterbein University with a Middle School Math/Science license, as well as earning her Intervention Specialist license through Miami University. This is her 4th year teaching in Columbus City Schools and her 2nd year at CCPSG. Mrs. Zalewski believes all students can learn and be successful as long as they have the right supports in place to help them reach their full potential.