In addition to welcoming the members of the Class of 2017 for the 2013-2014 school year, the McNicholas community also gained five new faculty and staff members: Teresa Davis, Jennifer Highfield, Christina Mullis, Kaitlyn Richter, and Matt Wehrman.
Teresa Davis joined the religion department as a teacher and Campus Ministry assistant . She studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Athenaeum, and she has been sending her resume to retired religion teacher Donna Bambach since she became a teacher. “When you meet McNick students outside of the campus, you can see that they are kids with firm foundations,” Davis said. “I just knew that I wanted to be part of this community,” Davis said.
When Davis isn’t teaching her Hebrew Scripture, Media and Values, and World Religion classes, she can be found reading, gardening, or singing in the St. Monica – St. George church choir.
Christina Mullis, the Director of Admissions and Enrollment, graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts/Public Relations. She has previously worked for various non-profit organizations, such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. However, Mullis is very excited to be working at McNicholas. “Right when I saw the position, I knew that it was the job for me,” Mullis said. “I’m looking forward to bringing new students into the Rocket family.”
Guidance counselor Matt Wehrman has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in school counseling from Wright State University. Before working at McNicholas, he was a counselor at VLT Academy, a K-12 charter school named after the motto ‘we value learning and teaching’ located in Over-the-Rhine. When he isn’t at McNicholas getting to know the students with last names starting with Q-Z, he enjoys rooting for the Cincinnati Reds and Wright State University football.
Kaitlyn Richter, guidance counselor, has an undergraduate degree in special education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in school counseling from Xavier University. She was previously a preschool teacher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Richter is an avid reader and recently finished the novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Her favorite part about McNick is that it is community oriented. “I want to make connections with students, rather than just see them in the halls,” Richter said. “I would also like to help with and participate in the spiritual retreats.”
Guidance assistant Jennifer Highfield graduated from McNicholas in 2000 and went on to study at the University of Dayton. In her free time, she helps her eight-year-old daughter Shelby prepare for dance competitions and takes care of her dog, Miss Cherry Oh-La-La.
“I have so many great memories from McNick and it’s an inspiration to work here,” Highfield said. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work here and give back. I’m looking forward to seeing all the students succeed and grow over the next year.”