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Department of Teaching and Learning

Department of Teaching and Learning

Dan Von Handorf, Assistant Superintendent
(937) 499-1422

Lisa Sorensen, Secretary
(937) 499-1422

(A full listing of contact information for Instructional Services Staff Members can be found at the bottom of this information page.)

The Kettering City School District's Teaching & Learning Department is responsible for establishing Board of Education-approved courses of study and textbook adoptions for all academic areas, pre-K-12, that are aligned with Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.

Additionally, the Teaching & Learning Department works hand-in-hand with the district’s teaching professionals, providing professional development opportunities, keeping them up-to-date on effective instructional and assessment practices for the classroom as well as administration, interpretation and analysis of the required statewide Ohio Achievement and Graduation Test programs. The CCIP, Title I and other federal programs, textbook and instructional resource purchases, instructional technology and gifted services are also the responsibilities of the Instructional Services Department.

As part of its educational philosophy, the Kettering City Schools shall attempt to provide all students with an environment which encourages wholesome physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual growth, and with an education which will enable them to assume responsibilities in present-day society.

We also feel our educational program should be based on the individuality of the student and the student's needs. We shall endeavor to achieve these goals through a flexible educational program in which students can be active participants. Therefore, we shall always strive to educate students as individuals and provide opportunities that will address their individual needs.

Special Education Services are also provided through the Teaching & Learning Department to students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services include preschool programs for special needs children ages three-five; special class/learning centers; individual/small-group instruction; and co-taught classes with a special education teacher and a general education teacher working together to meet the needs of students.

Teaching & Learning Staff

Dan Von Handorf, Asst. Superintendent
(937) 499-1422

Lisa Sorensen, Secretary
(937) 499-1422


Valerie Dupler, Coordinator, Elementary Teaching & Learning


Lynn Cannarozzi, Elementary Gifted Education Coordinator


Darren McGarvey, Secondary Gifted Education Coordinator


Laurie Koncan, ESOL Coordinator


Jennifer Zale, Literacy Coach

Sherri Alexander, Ed.D., Coordinator, Secondary Teaching & Learning
(937) 499-1457


Denise Cordonnier, System Analyst/EMIS Coordinator
(937) 499-1404

Carrie Hennessy, Ed.D.,  Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Leader
(937) 499-1490


Nita Teeters, Data Analyst
(937) 499-1483


Math Coach
(937) 499-1488


Preschool Registration/Elementary Education

Jenny Tucker, Secretary, Secondary Education

Special Education

Kevin Wright, Supervisor
(937) 499-1435

Erin Howard, Secretary, Special Education Department
(937) 499-1435

Technology Services

Chris Merritt, Chief Technology Officer
(937) 499-1408

Monica Mantia, Help Desk and Data Entry Specialist
(937) 499-1408