Pictured left to right: Jennifer Leonard, Vicki Jacobs, Jenny Eversole, Tara Reed, Cailey Oehler, Andrew Smith, Beth Kohland. Not Pictured: Zin Min
The Wellington School is pleased to welcome new members to our faculty.
Jenny Eversole teaches middle school math. A Bridgeport, Ohio native, Eversole earned her B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit College and M.A.T. from Spalding University. With more than seven years in the field of education, she most enjoys seeing children develop self-confidence by early and frequent successes in math. Eversole is eager to create a stimulating learning environment in which students are interested and curious enough about math that they are eager to come to class each day. By relating mathematical concepts and solutions to real-world situations, Eversole wants “to make math meaningful to students, and not an isolated subject.” For fun, she likes taking walks with friends and her dog, researching and travelling to new places with family, golfing, reading, and taking family photos.
Vicki Jacobs teaches Little Jags. Toledo is Jacobs’ hometown and also where she received a B.A. in elementary education from The University of Toledo. Jacobs earned a reading endorsement from The Ohio State University, where she is continuing graduate coursework in early literacy development. Jacobs has taught for 11 years and considers the highlight of her career to have worked side by side with Italian educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy to study all aspects of The Reggio Approach and project-based learning. “Those experiences helped shape my beliefs about the potential of children and their capacity for great learning. To watch 1st grade students confidently engaging with classroom visitors and making their learning visible to others has been such an honor.” At Wellington, Jacobs wants to create a safe, nurturing learning environment where children can explore the world and cultivate their curiosity. In her free time, she likes reading, fishing, and spending time outdoors with her family. She also enjoys soccer and watching wrestling because of her teenage son.
Beth Kohland is a lower school learning guide. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she holds a B.A. from Roehampton University in London, UK and an M.S. from Brooklyn College. Kohland has taught for 10 years, most recently as a preschool teacher in Westport, Connecticut. One of her favorite moments in teaching involved her prekindergarten class taking such an active interest in lions that they organized their own bake sale to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation. “It was wonderful to observe them helping each other out, using skills we had learned about such as counting and sorting, and getting so excited to be helping an animal that they had grown to love so much.” As someone new to the Columbus area, Kohland likes to get out and explore the city. She also enjoys getting her hands dirty while working on her garden and hoping things will grow.
Jennifer Leonard is a lower school learning guide. A native of Columbus, she has a B.A. from Denison University and M.F.A. from Indiana University. Leonard may be recognizable to the Wellington community as a substitute teacher last year. She also has a background in communications, having previously worked at the Indiana University Foundation. Leonard looks forward to teaching students school is a fun place while also “nurturing their inquisitive nature by encouraging them to ask not just what, but also investigate why and how. She finds moments in which students show they are really engaged in learning to be invaluable. Her hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and after-dinner dance parties with her husband, son, and baby on the way.
Zin Min is a TESOL/ESL instructor. He is from Bridgeport, Ohio and has taught for 12 years. He has a B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.Ed. from Ohio Dominican University. He is excited to make connections with students through teaching English. His interests include golf and French films.
Cailey Oehler teachers upper school Spanish. Originally from Chadds Ford, PA, Oehler received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and TEFL Certification from the International TEFL Academy. She also completed studies in Art History and Literary Theory Studies from the Universidad de Salamanca. Most recently, Oehler was a Fulbright Senior English Teaching Assistant, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her most memorable moment in teaching so far involved her 8th grade students proudly sharing “the excellent creative projects they completed with their families, friends, and the broader community at the culminating event of the World Languages Department’s Art Expedition.” Oehler’s goal as a teacher at Wellington is to empower students by helping them gain self-confidence and develop their abilities to enact positive change in their communities. When not in school, she enjoys travel, outdoors and conservation, cooking and cuisine, as well as feminism and social justice.
Tara Reed is a lower school learning guide. She is from Findlay, Ohio but has lived in Dublin for the past 10 years. She received a B.S. from Miami University and M.A.E. from Otterbein University. Reed was a lead teacher in Westerville for seven years. Her favorite part of teaching is observing children grow and change throughout the school year. She enjoys guiding them in their learning as they “become aware of their uniqueness – how they learn best, their strengths, struggles, and coping methods.” Outside of school, Reed enjoys walking, biking, and volunteering.
Andrew Smith is a lower school learning guide. His hometown is Dublin, Ohio, and he earned a B.S. in early childhood education from Miami University. During his time at Miami, Smith studied abroad in Austria where he analyzed the European educational system as compared to the United States and “loved seeing how children were naturally curious and striving to learn across cultures.” At Wellington, Smith wants to foster intellectual, emotional, and social growth in students as well as help them develop as members of a positive, thriving community. For fun, Smith enjoys watching and playing sports, so when he isn’t “anguishing over the Cleveland Browns,” he follows the Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Chicago Cubs. He also loves watching movies and has a collection of more than 650 titles.