Kate Comella, director Of ADMISSIONS
Kate is a native Clevelander having grown up in the nearby suburb of Kirtland. In 1992, she graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in psychology.
She pursued her Montessori education and is credentialed through AMS (American Montessori Society) at both the Primary and Elementary levels. Kate also continued her education in the path of religious formation through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is in process of becoming a National Formation Leader.
Kate’s first post-graduate job was at Ruffing Montessori in Cleveland Heights as assistant in a Primary Classroom for 3 years. Kate has been involved in Montessori ever since! She and her mother began their own Montessori School which she owned and worked at for 9 years.
Kate has been at Holy Rosary since 2003, with her first 3 years as an assistant. Currently, she is the office manager and coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. After school, you will find her with some of the elementary children since she is the coordinator of the Montessori School Drama Club!
Kate’s favorite past-times are spending time with her amazing sons, Jerome and Evan, reading, acting, singing and organizing! She is involved in the Geauga theater both on stage and behind the scenes.
Katie Bodnovich, Reading Tutor
Katie is the full-time, in-house reading tutor. The native Ohioan graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in English. After a year in Texas doing volunteer work, Katie moved back to Cleveland and worked in newspaper advertising. Returning to West Texas, she decided it was finally time to listen to her "gut feeling" about wanting to teach.
She discovered Montessori in her first teaching job at St. Mary’s Central Catholic School in Odessa, TX where she taught kindergarten while working towards Montessori certification at the Southwest Montessori Training Center. Receiving her certification in 2003, she returned to Cleveland and began working at the Montessori School at Holy Rosary. Always eager to share her love of language and reading, in 2008 Katie completed an intensive certification program in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading tutoring.
She is current enrolled in a graduate program working to achieve her Academic Language Therapy certification.
Terri Stahl, Primary Support
Terri's life has been blessed by children in some capacity since her early teens. From camp counselor to childcare provider to nanny to teacher, Terri has discovered the child's world from birth to late teens.
It was becoming a nanny that brought Montessori into her life. When the first of three brothers began the primary program, she became intrigued, wanting to know more. What is Montessori? Terri began reading books; "The Discovery of the Child," "Montessori: Her Life and Work," and "The Absorbent Mind." As each of the boys began and continued on with their Montessori education her curiosity grew. A love of learning, pride, contentment and energy is what each boy exuded. "I did it myself. I researched it myself. Can I help with ... " would be heard many times over. Terri kept reading and began volunteering at the boy's school. All of her questions were answered. The time came for the family to relocate. A new career began; the school was opening a Toddler Community and was in need of an assistant teacher.
During summer breaks, Terri explored Montessori training. In 2008, she completed her AMI Assistance to Infancy diploma with an M.Ed. from Loyola University following in 2010. Her family has said many times; "Terri is a lifelong student." She also earned a B.A. in psychology from Ursuline College in 1992 and an M.A. from John Carroll University in 1995.
Terri joined the MSHR team in February 2010, after subbing for six months prior. She could not ask for a better work family; "we care for each and believe in a common principle; guiding children to independence and self discovery."
Terri finds that every day is a gift and a time to learn and find joy. She enjoys reading, cooking, crafts and anything outdoors especially sports, gardening and travel. She has been married since 1996 to a remarkable man; Robert.