2019-2020 Curricular Changes
Crafting an academically inspiring curriculum that reflects the latest research in cognitive science, classroom practice, and learning theory is a continuous effort at CSG. For the past several months, the faculty and staff have looked closely at our current offerings and explored our opportunities for growth. Ultimately, each decision puts us closer to our strategic goal of enhancing our excellent academic program and creating a robust, empowered teaching community of excellence.
The Core Competencies of each CSG Student
Students express ideas confidently and clearly in oral, visual, and written forms.
Students gather and use evidence to analyze, draw conclusions, and support ideas.
Seek Balance & Wellness
Students engage in healthy social, emotional, and physical behaviors.
Students exhibit integrity, honesty, fairness, and respect with the well-being of themselves and the larger community in mind.
Students employ informed and diverse perspectives to shape their interactions with ideas, individuals, and situations.
Solve Problems Creatively
Students draw from many disciplines to define problems and design innovative responses and solutions.
CSG is accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). The reaccreditation process operates on a seven-year cycle. The 2019-2020 school year is year three of our cycle, in which we will host a visiting team comprised of faculty, staff, and administration from other ISACS schools. The visiting team will review our self-study, visit classes, and speak with faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and students. Upon completion of their visit, they will submit a report to us and to ISACS outlining commendations and recommendations for our school over the next five years. We look forward to the fruitful conversations and insight that this year will bring, as well as the opportunity to make CSG even more effective at its mission: empowering girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders.
Integrated Studies Becomes Social Studies, New Curriculum Piloted
Lower School faculty spent the 2018-2019 year reviewing our integrated studies curriculum: reading position statements and best practices from the National Council of Social Studies, researching programs at peer schools across the country, and identifying strengths and weaknesses of our scope, sequence, and pedagogy. After much thoughtful discussion and research, the Lower School has decided to pilot Inquiry Journeys, an inquiry-based social studies curriculum, during the 2019-2020 school year. Each grade follows an inquiry arc composed of three connected units of study. The units of study are driven by inquiry questions and follow a three-step sequence: pose a question, engage in sustained investigation, and take informed action. The Lower School faculty will participate in a yearlong professional learning community to develop a deeper understanding of inquiry-based instruction and to effectively utilize the curriculum, with a long-term goal of adapting the units to most effectively meet the needs of our school. An additional change for the upcoming year is the decision to change the name of the subject to Social Studies to better emphasize the content and discipline-specific skills that students develop through the program.
Leadership Quarter Class
Beginning in the 2019-2020 year, Form VIII students will participate in a quarter-long leadership class. Based on previous May Program courses for Upper School students, this course will be organized around CSG's core competencies for leadership (shown below). This new opportunity aligns with our focus on leadership as outlined in CSG's strategic plan, Inspiring Girls. Cultivating Leaders.
For the first time, Mandarin VIII will be offered as a yearlong class. Students have the choice of Spanish or Mandarin in Form VII, and may choose to take Latin or continue with Spanish or Mandarin in Upper School.
Physical Education: Cardio, Flexibility & Strength: Wellness Revolution
Our Upper School physical education class has been revised in response to student feedback. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the following classes will be offered within Physical Education on a rotating basis throughout the 6 letter days: Yoga, Strength/Weight Training, and Cardio/High Intensity training. Students enrolled in this course to fulfill their PE requirement will be required to attend a certain number of these classes throughout the semester or school year. They have the option of which classes they would like to attend depending on their interests and needs. Students not enrolled in the class will have the option of attending classes on a drop-in basis.
Curriculum Changes to World History, Honors World History
In response to discussions around diversity and inclusion as well as current trends in history education, we have decided to modify our scope and sequence for the World History courses. Our World History and Honors World History courses will now begin in 1200 AD with a study of the civilizations of Africa, Asia, and the Americas that are foundational to the modern era. This shift provides a more global view of world history, and also enhances the focus on the analysis of primary and secondary sources and historical argumentation.
New courses offered in the 2019-2020 academic year include:
- Introduction to Computer Science B
- Modern Poetry
- Mathematics' Great Theorems
- Mathematical Modelling for Environment and Social Justice
All School- Staff Updates
Rebecca Bailey, Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts
Rebecca joins the development team as the Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts. She graduated from Miami University and has been working in development and fundraising ever since, most recently serving as the Director of Individual Giving & Events at COSI. Prior to COSI, she worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Rebecca is also the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Licking Heights High School and she is a member of the NexGen James Ambassadors Leadership Board where she serves as Co-Chair for the Columbus Mac & Cheese Festival.
Amy Borntrager, Chief Development Officer
Amy joins the CSG community as the Chief Development Officer, bringing with her more than eleven years of experience in development. A native of Columbus, Amy most recently served as the Director of Development for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Before that, she spent six years at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum, including four years as the institution’s Director of External Affairs. Amy holds an M.P.A. from North Carolina State University and a B.A. from Ohio University. She is engaged with the Columbus community, dedicating her time and talent to the issues that matter most to her, including the Youth Yoga Project, where she currently serves as a board member. Amy has a demonstrated passion for creating a more equitable world for girls and women and is thrilled to join the team.
Kimberly Ditty, Assistant Director of Admission
Kimberly joins the Admission team after spending eight years teaching Middle School Spanish here at CSG. She served for several years as the Form VII Team Leader and will continue in her role as World Language Department Chair. Kimberly is also starting her fifth year as a Middle School golf coach. She has her BA from Marietta College and her MA in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University. In addition to working at CSG, Kimberly spent the last three summers directing technology camps and serving as a recruitment ambassador for iD Tech.
Tanya Kastelic-McCarthy, Development Administrator
Tanya joined the Development team as Development Administrator in January. She comes to CSG having spent 4 years as the Executive Director of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce. Before that, she was the Program Manager for an early childhood literacy Intervention research grant at the Ohio State University. She graduated with a B.S. from Ashland University, where she remains actively involved as an Alumna of both the University and her Sorority. Tanya and her husband Bob are proud parents of a Form X CSG Student, Evelyn, and an older daughter, Emma finishing up her third year of Law School at William and Mary.
Regan Mazak, Associate Director of Development, Data & Information Systems
A seasoned fundraising professional, Regan has spent the last fourteen years of her career in independent school development. Prior to joining CSG, Regan spent more than seven years at Columbus Academy. In 2013, she accepted the position of Events Manager in CSG’s Development Office where she focused on event-based fundraising. During her time here, Regan has served as Interim Director of Development, Co-Chair of CSG’s Strategic Plan for Development and Alumnae Relations, and most currently as the Associate Director of Development where she focused on the growth of CSG’s Leadership Giving Society. In her new role, Regan will manage data and information systems, as well as back-of-house operations for the Development Office, beginning with the data migration and implementation of Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge NXT. Regan and her husband Andrew are the proud parents of CSG daughters Mia ’28 and Hadley ’29. She and her family moved to Bexley three years ago to be closer to CSG and love being part of the community. Regan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from The Ohio State University. While Regan feels truly privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with the dedicated members of CSG’s Leadership Giving Society, she looks forward to beginning this new chapter.
William Paull IV, Aquatics Facility Manager and Coordinator
William most recently served as the Director of Aquatic Parks at Columbus Pool Management. After swimming competitively since age ten, he swam on the varsity team at Ohio Wesleyan for four years. Will then earned a Master’s in International Public Administration from the University of Macedonia in Greece. Will has an extensive swim teaching background with DARTS Swim Club and OWU Bishop Bubbles. He has a passion for aquatics and is an enthusiastic educator with the ability to motivate others to reach their full potential.
New Faculty- PYC
Jeanette Canyon, PYC Studio Teacher
Jeanette brings a depth of professional experience when it comes to working as a Reggio Emilia inspired teacher. Jeanette holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design. She has also engaged in teaching communities as a Children’s book illustrator, app developer, and a keynote speaker. An experienced educator, Jeanette first joined the CSG community in 1994 as a PYC classroom teacher. After eight years in this role Jeanette decided to begin sharing her work with the world. She traveled nationally and internationally as she shared her talent for working with polymer clay as a method for creating illustrations for children’s books.
Elizabeth Pattison, PYC 3/4 Class Teacher
Elizabeth will be joining Tammy Pedon in the 3/4 classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. An experienced educator, Elizabeth first joined the CSG community as a substitute teacher in PYC and Lower School during the 2017-2018 school year. She then made the transition into the 5/6 classroom as a teaching assistant during the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. Pattison has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Media Concentration from the Ohio State University. Additionally, she holds a teaching license in Integrated Language Arts and as an Intervention Specialist. Elizabeth has continued her professional growth by taking graduate level coursework in early childhood literacy foundations.
New Faculty- Lower School
Nicole Anosike, Form II Teacher
Nicole will join Leigh Kane to teach in Form II. Nicole is currently teaching third grade at Liberty Elementary in Columbus City Schools, and previously taught at Duxberry Park Arts IMPACT Elementary. Nicole was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2017-18 and 2011-12 at the two respective schools. Nicole received her Early Childhood License from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Akron, where she won an award in the campus-wide speech contest through the School of Communication. Nicole currently serves as a Girl Scouts volunteer.
Laura Dolce-Bun, Form IV Teacher
Laura will be teaching Form IV next year with Tracy Kessler. Laura is currently a second grade teacher at The Town School in Manhattan. She previously taught at The Packer Collegiate Institute, an independent school in Brooklyn. A native of Ohio, Laura graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and received a Master of Education from Hunter College with her thesis written on Gender Identity in Young Children. Laura was named the “Most Promising Teacher Researcher in Early Childhood Education” at Hunter College. Additionally, Laura has participated in the Honduras Children Program as an English teacher for kindergarten-fourth grade.
New Faculty- Middle School
Pam Hartshorne, Director of Middle School
Pam joins the Middle School faculty for the upcoming school year, bringing with her five years of experience in administration from her position as CSG’s Upper School Director. Prior to that, she spent nine years as an US Mathematics Faculty member at CSG, teaching a wide variety of classes and serving for a number of years as the Form IX Dean. Prior to her time at CSG, Pam taught mathematics at Columbus State Community College.
Emily Mascia, Middle School Faculty
Emily will join Sarah Cole in MS Spanish this year. She comes to us from the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls where she taught middle school Spanish. She also previously taught at Grant Middle School in Marion City Schools and at Columbus Bilingual Academy. Originally from Worthington, Emily graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education and a minor in dance. She has lived in Spain, as well as Costa Rica, where she served as an English teacher in elementary school.
Elise Skaggs, Middle School Administrative Assistant
Elise joins CSG after having previously worked at The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus in communications. She grew up in Bexley and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. Elise has a Master of Arts in Viola Performance and Pedagogy from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Elise's passion is music education, and she currently maintains a private studio and teaches with Suzuki Music Columbus. Elise actively performs viola with many professional groups in the Columbus area.
New Faculty- Upper School
Sarah Brewer, Interim Director of Upper School and Dean of Faculty
Sarah continues her work with the upper school and CSG community. As you know, Sarah has served as the Dean of Faculty at CSG since 2016, overseeing faculty hiring, professional development, and the implementation of the strategic plan. This is Sarah’s “second time” in the Upper School, as she began her career in independent schools as a college counselor at CSG from 2004-2007. After leaving CSG to grow in leadership roles, she served as the Director of College Counseling at Columbus Academy, the Associate Director of College Counseling at Latin School of Chicago, and Dean of Academics and Assistant Head of School at the Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. She has enjoyed teaching English classes at the Upper School level, as well as working in college admissions and student development at the University of Toledo, The Ohio State University, and University of Richmond. Sarah is the proud parent of CSG student, Bella Kabbaz, class of 2029, and young son, Alexander. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and singing with the Capital University Choral Union. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University in English Literature and a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University in Counselor Education, School Counseling.
Jessica Creager, Upper School History Teacher
Jessica first joined the CSG community during the 2017-2018 school year as a long-term substitute teacher for Frank O’Grady and Suzanne Pfeiffer. During the 2018-2019 school year, she was a lead history teacher at Pearson Online and Blended Learning and currently holds a 7-12 teaching license in Integrated Social Studies. Jessica’s teaching career began at Upper Arlington High School where she taught American Government. A Columbus native, Jessica graduated from Ohio Dominican University with her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Studies Education and a minor in Political Science. She is continuing her education by pursuing her Master of Arts in Social Sciences through Ohio University.
Megan Myers, Upper School Computer Science Teacher
Megan is coming straight from industry where she worked for several years in app development at Disney Consumer Products and Glu Mobile. She has spent the last several years building games and apps for kids, taking apps from initial concept and design through development and launch. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts and the Columbus YMCA ,walking students through the Hour of Code and the basics of coding, and also starting a programming class. Megan has been working closely with Lena Furci from HER Academy to develop a PreK through Grade 12 curriculum in computer science specifically for girls. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and English from Barnard College and has completed Master of Arts credits from Columbia University in Instructional Technology and Media.
Randall Niemi, Upper School Math Teacher
Randy comes to us from Village Academy where he worked in the middle school and upper school since 2010. In his role at VA, he taught numerous math classes and even poetry! He was the creator of the chess club and middle school mock trial team. Prior to his work in independent schools, Randy served as the General Manager at Cup ‘O Joe/Stauffs and as a middle school teacher in Columbus Public Schools, where he initiated drama classes and directed school plays. Randy has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University.
Trish Priest, Co-Director of College Counseling
Trish has served as Associate Director of Admission and College Counseling at CSG for the past three years. Trish comes to CSG from Kenyon College, where she was the Senior Associate Dean of Admissions for seven years and brings over 20 years of experience in higher education administration. She has presented both locally and nationally on current trends and topics in college admissions. Trish is the proud mom of Jake, a junior at Depauw University, son Mitch, a senior at Columbus Academy, and daughter Carly, CSG class of 2022. She loves to read, run, cheer on her kids and students in all sporting events, and hang out with her husband, Dan. She is a graduate of Hanover College.