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Meet the Teachers:


Emily Hunt

In 2002, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in biology.  Working with children has always been my passion, so I went to Xavier University to pursue a future in education.  In 2004, I finished my Master's Degree in education with a certification in 7-12 life science.  I have taught 7th and 8th grade science at Mariemont Junior High School since 2004. I am the middle school science content area specialist for both 7th and 8th grade.  I create both interventions and upperventions for the science department to help meet the needs of all learners.


Amber Hawk

In 2006, I graduated from Miami University with a degree in Middle School Education with a focus in math, language arts, and reading.  After graduation, I taught 7th grade math at Mason Middle School for 8 years. After that, I taught at Mariemont Junior High for 6 years.  While at Mariemont, I finished my Master's Degree in Special Education at Miami University. At Mariemont, I taught language arts, math, and intervention classes, along with a variety of elective courses. Currently, I teach two Project Lead the Way classes at Kings Junior High. Medical Detective and App Creators are both hands-on STEAM classes for 7th and 8th graders. 

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Jessica Bush

In 2020, I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with a focus in Language Arts and Social Studies. I am currently teaching 5th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at Mariemont Elementary. Being relatively new in my career, I am always looking for ways to expand my practice outside of the traditional classroom. I am both eager and excited to partner with STRIVE to create unique, hands-on learning experiences with students of all ages.


Emily Harder

In 2002, I graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with my degree in Education. I then attended graduate school at Milligan College and obtained my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2003. I worked in a variety of school settings as a substitute teacher and I was a stay-at-home mom for 5 years. Since then, I have worked as a preschool teacher for 8 years. I am currently teaching 4- and 5-year-olds at Montgomery Nursery School. I enjoy teaching a STEAM enrichment class there and helping young learners in building their problem solving skills. I look forward to continuing to work with Pre-K students and creating a fun learning environment with STRIVE!


Jessica Somerfield

In 2022, I graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently teaching in Wilmington! Being a recent graduate, I am always eager to be working with children in various ways. I have a passion for math, and love when children get to use their imaginations in unique ways. I am very excited to be working with Strive to pursue my passions, and explore new teaching opportunities! STEAM is a thrilling way to learn and I can't wait to be involved with it! 


Ellie Naehring 

I am a graduate of Ross High School and am currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of Cincinnati. I am a vocalist and pianist with a passion for teaching leadership and empathy through arts education. I am so excited to collaborate with STRIVE and learn more about creative teaching methods and hands-on learning!


Amanda Dunphy

After studying early childhood education at Sinclair, helping to develop and care for young children has become my passion.  I have been working in various roles educating and caring for children for the past 25 years in both private and public educational settings including my current role as a co-teacher at Montgomery Nursery School. My experience and background is diverse and includes creating social and emotionally supportive environments for all students, while encouraging problem solving skills and providing hands on learning opportunities.

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Martina McKeever

In 2021 I graduated from Oak Hills High School and was accepted into the University of Louisville’s School of Music. I’m currently finishing up my sophomore year as a Music Education and Flute Performance double major. Over the past 2 years I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in the University’s Marching Band holding 2 leadership positions and I plan to continue in the program for the following years. Since starting my degree I’ve spent a little over 90 hours in schools doing observations as well as teaching private flute lessons to students between the ages of 11 and 18. I chose to go into Education because being in the classroom making an impact on the young minds of our future is a passion of mine. Words can’t express how excited and ready I am to start my journey with strive and get to know all of your kiddos!

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Kayla Ringwald

I'm currently attending the University of Cincinnati and will graduate in 2024. I'm pursuing a double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a specification in Neuropsychology. I also am getting a certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). In 2020, I graduated from Kings High School. Currently I'm tutoring students and assisting teachers in the Kings school district. I have experience working with elementary, junior high, and high school students. I also lead a small intervention class for ELL students. I have experience working as an Academic Coach Coordinator at the UC Learning Commons for 2 years, where I helped with test taking skills, self-care strategies, study skills, time management, and more. After I graduate from UC, I'm planning to continue my education in the field of School Psychology or Clinical Psychology. I'm very passionate about Educational Psychology, working with children, and helping others achieve their academic goals. I'm very excited to have fun, learn, and make a positive difference in our community at Strive!

In 2023, I graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary ELA Education. I am currently teaching 7/8th grade ELA at Mariemont Junior High School. Since I work with kids every day, I have developed a passion for mixing learning with fun and making it enjoyable for every age! I am also a volleyball coach and have learned that everyone can have fun when learning new skills. I am excited to be working with Strive to enhance learning and allowing others to dive into new hands-on experiences!

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