Lynn Casto, Head of School
Lynn brings an impressive background in independent school education to Maumee Valley. She attended the Columbus School for Girls, discovering a dual love for athletics and the arts. At Davidson College, Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History while playing NCAA Division I Lacrosse. She went on to receive two masters degrees in education, one in art education from Ohio State University, and a second in private school leadership from the prestigious Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, with Columbia University. She has taught and coached at the Brookwood School in Georgia and at Charlotte Country Day School in North Carolina. Lynn comes to us from the Sanford School in Hockessin Delaware, where she has served as Upper School Head since 2013. Lynn and her husband, Keith have two sons, Caleb '23 and Ian '24.
Early Learning Center
Michelle Thomas, Director of the Early Learning Center
Michelle is originally from the Toledo area and is joining us from Amsterdam, where she was a Kindergarten teacher and Grade Level Coordinator at the International School of Amsterdam. Michelle graduated from Perrysburg High School and received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University. After college Michelle moved to Colorado where she taught Kindergarten and early elementary grades. She earned an MA in Educational Leadership from Colorado Mesa University, and she received a Certificate of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Education from Regis University. Michelle has spent time in Reggio Emilia, Italy where she had training in the Reggio Emilia approach to education. She has organized professional development opportunities for early childhood educators in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Beijing, China, Oslo and Bergen, Norway and Zurich, Switzerland. She is excited to be returning home to be near family and friends and to work with our outstanding ELC team.
Kendra Lubinski, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Kendra Lubinski is well known to our Smead Building team members. She worked with ETC this past year and also substituted in all, or nearly all, ELC classrooms. Kendra is working on her undergraduate degree at Owens/BGSU.
Mandy Strimpel, Preschool and Prekindergarten Music Teacher
Mandy is an Ohio native. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy. After college, she completed the exam to become a Board Certified Music Therapist. Mandy has experience working with various populations. She is excited to be the new preschool music teacher, to help students grow, learn, and explore through the joy of music! Mandy is thankful for her husband and two children. She also enjoys nature, art, photography and spending time with family.
Pasha Carter, Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Pasha Carter is a three year afternoon ETC team member. Pasha is from Twinsburg, Ohio. She has a degree in Visual and Performing Arts, from the University of Toledo. She enjoys dancing, singing, and the Arts.
Jaime Lassman, Head of Lower School
Jaime joins us from The Lexington School, in Lexington Kentucky, where he has been the Director of Studies since 2011. Jaime was recognized as one of the outstanding teachers at The Lexington School where he also taught third grade for many years. Before Lexington, Jaime taught elementary school at Wilmington Friends School, the Quaker school he attended and graduated from in Wilmington, Delaware. Jaime has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware, and an MA in Educational Instructional Systems Design from the University of Kentucky. Jaime joined our community with his wife Amy, and their two children, Jack '25 and Reed '31.
Kendall Arbogast, Lower Intermediate Teacher, and Student Support Specialist
Kendall received her teaching degree from Baylor University and taught 13 years in the Dallas, Texas area. During her career in Texas, she was the lead teacher in the district’s Middle School before becoming the school’s fifth grade advanced math teacher. Kendall provides core math and language arts instruction in the Lower Intermediate for approximately half of the day and serves as a Lower School Student Support teacher to work with students who need additional instructional assistance.
Jill Augustyniak, Director of Student Support
Jill has worked at Maumee Valley since 1995 as a Lower Intermediate teacher and area coordinator. She participated in several summer institutes in the areas of reading, writing, and multi-sensory education and looks forward to helping students learn to their optimal abilities.
Megan Reed, Media Specialist
Megan Reed is our new Media Specialist. Megan has a Master of Education in Technology from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Education in Reading and a BS in Early Childhood Education from BGSU. Megan has seven years of experience as an educator, working with toddlers, kindergartners and first graders, and as a media specialist. .
Erin Ohls, Intervention Specialist
Erin graduated from Perrysburg High School and then went to Bowling Green State University where she earned a BA in Sociology. She took time out to stay home to raise her children before returning to school to earn her teaching license as an Intervention Specialist. Erin worked in the Perrysburg school district, and most recently taught at Ohio Virtual Academy where she was the intervention specialist for six years. Erin and her husband Bill have two children, Jamie, a junior at the University of Cincinnati, and Adam who started at the University of Toledo this fall.
Julie Shuman, Middle School Math Teacher
Julie has eight years of experience teaching Middle School math. She is originally from Washington State and moved to Toledo just over a year ago. Before Maumee Valley, Julie worked as a long-term sub at Ottawa Hills. She has degrees in Secondary Math Education from Lewis and Clark University and a Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction from Heritage University. Julie is excited to work with the Middle School where she will develop a seventh-grade Algebra course, an eighth-grade geometry course, and possibly a Forensic Crime Scene Intensive!
Brooke Schlageter, Assistant Director of College Counseling
Brooke, a current Upper School English teacher, will take on a new role in the College Counseling Office. As a veteran English teacher, Brooke will be invaluable to students in helping them produce college essays that are well-written and that fully capture all they have to offer.
Amber Lisk, Girls Varsity Basketball Coach
Amber is currently the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Summer League Coach for Mason Public Schools. She was a Head Coach for the 16U Regional travel league in 2015 and has served as the JV Girls Basketball Coach at MVCDS since 2017. She brings five years of head coaching experience to the team as well as the respect of players and parents.
Claudette and Danny Garcia, Dorm Parents
Claudette has been a fixture in the ETC program since 2012, taking on the role of Associate Director of After School Programs and Administrative Assistant for ELC last year. Her husband Danny has been an instructional baseball coach for over ten years working with students in both one-on-one and group sessions. They are looking forward to bringing their leadership and teaching experience to the Dayal House where they will live and "parent" 28 international students.
Sara Dowling, Director of Student Support
Sara has agreed to take on the additional responsibilities of coordinating our Student Support Team. She has ten years of experience as a school psychologist, over five of them at Maumee Valley. Sara will work with students, parents, and faculty from each division to support student needs.
Sherrie Watkins, School Nurse
Sherrie Watkins is joining MVCDS from Bittersweet Farms where she was the Director of Nursing. Sherrie spent close to 14 years working with adolescents through adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in school programs, summer camps, vocation work training programs, and residential services. Additional nursing work experiences include Toledo Children’s Hospital and Prescribed Pediatrics. She and her husband Dustin have three daughters. Their eldest Cassidy is preparing for transfer to BGSU where she will be studying Tourism, Leisure and Event Planning with a dream of international employment. Their other daughters, Sage ’30 and Kaya ’32, have also enthusiastically joined Maumee Valley.
Amy Hunt, Director of Advancement
Amy has a depth of global development experience in higher education as a relationship-based fundraiser, most recently having come from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, where she spent the past 15 years. She has served in a variety of frontline development and volunteer management positions across the development landscape, such as Alumni Relations where she managed over 175 regional alumni events, Director of Reunion Giving, Director of Athletic Development, Director of Leadership Gifts, and Major Gifts. Amy and her husband, Dale, have two children, Gabe ’23 and Chase ’34.