Department of Teaching and Learning
Dan Von Handorf, Assistant Superintendent
Lisa Sorensen, Secretary
(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
Lisa Sorensen, Secretary
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
Denise Cordonnier, System Analyst/EMIS Coordinator
Carrie Hennessy, Ed.D., Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Leader
Nita Teeters, Data Analyst
Preschool Registration/Elementary Education
Jenny Tucker, Secretary, Secondary Education
Kevin Wright, Supervisor
Erin Howard, Secretary, Special Education Department
Chris Merritt, Chief Technology Officer
Monica Mantia, Help Desk and Data Entry Specialist