Early Learning Center
Amy Dankert - ELC Teacher Assistant
Amy joins the ELC with experience as a preschool teacher from KinderCare Learning Center, Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, and Apple Tree Nursery School. Amy has most recently been providing in-home childcare following the birth of her daughter.
June Cross - ETC Care Giver
June is a native of Toledo and a grandmother of two. She is a retired elementary teacher who loves to volunteer her time teaching at Children's Church, Sunday School and supervising a Junior Girls Club.
Katie Gilsdorf - Primary Teacher
Katie comes to us from Queen of Apostles School in Toledo where she taught second grade for the past five years. Katie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters degree from Lourdes University.
Lindsey Stevens, Middle School Science and Math Teacher
Lindsey will join us from St. Ursula to teach Middle School math and science. Lindsey has taught Biology at St. Ursula since 2016. She also served as the Equestrian Coach and Freshman Class Moderator. Lindsey has a Bachelors of Science in Middle Childhood Education. Outside of school, Lindsey conducts data research for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo.
Paige Espiritu - Technology Teacher
Paige most recently taught at McClelland Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has taught in a variety of classrooms and multiple grade levels and has experience integrating technology to meet students’ varying needs and interests with many different subjects. She will be bringing her love and knowledge of technology to her work with LS and MS students and teachers.
Dr. Molly Macek - Head of Upper School
Dr. Macek comes to Maumee Valley from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, MD, where she has spent the past fourteen years as a science teacher, department chair, and the Director of the Upper Level STEAM Program. Regarded as a passionate and highly collaborative instructional leader, Dr. Macek brings a diverse array of independent school teaching and administrative experience.
Dr. Macek earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Macek most recently received her Doctor of Education with a specialization in 21st Century Education from Johns Hopkins University. Before teaching, Dr. Macek worked at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Neurology in Baltimore, MD and the Gillette Company in the Department of Microbiology in Boston, MA.
A native Michigander, Dr. Macek is looking forward to returning to the Midwest. Molly and her husband, Mark Macek, a federal attorney who enjoys playing hockey in his spare time, have two sons, Michael (11) and Andrew (7).
Georgette Small, College Counseling
Georgette will be joining us as Director of College Counseling. Georgette has been overseas for a few years, most recently at Al Mizhar American Academy in Dubai. She also worked at the British School of Beijing, and other international schools. Georgette has experience building a college counseling program and has previously worked as a college counselor, career counselor, and a school counselor. Georgette has a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and Sociology from Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada. She earned her Masters of Education in Psychology from Howard University and has pursued coursework towards a Doctoral Studies in Education at Catholic University.
Sara Lester, Upper School Humanities
Sara will join us from Irving, Texas. She will be teaching both history and English in the Upper School. Sara currently teaches at John Paul II High School where she is teaching English II and AP Language and Composition. Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ball State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Humanities from the University of Dallas.
Melanie Ferstman, Upper School ESOL
Melanie is joining us from Denver, Colorado where she is an English teacher at Aurora Central High School. We anticipate Melanie teaching ESOL and English 1. A graduate of Laurel School in Cleveland, Melanie earned her BA from Case Western Reserve and her MA in Education from Adams State University.
Brooklyn Grams - Dorm Parent
Brooklyn has been supervising students in the ETC program and has been serving as a substitute teacher assistant in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms at Maumee Valley since 2017. Brooklyn moved into the Dayal house over the summer and will join Shuhra, Claudette, and Danny as a dorm parent for our Dayal House international students.