from Maura Joyce, Head of School
Summer brings change in the weather and sometimes changes in plans for our team members. This email shares some staffing changes for the 2021–22 school year.
New Roles for Old Friends
The following Post Oak employees will be taking on new roles in the fall:
High School Director: Dr. James Quillin will take on the role of High School director beginning in the 2021–22 school year. James has been with the High School since its inception, has served in multiple roles including teacher and director of curriculum and instruction, and began the transition into this job this past year, as he took on some of the director duties. In looking at the future needs of the program, I am confident that Dr. Quillin is the best choice to guide the collaborative work needed to create and implement the vision for the next chapter of the High School program.
Summer School/ASEP Director: Elementary After Care Coordinator Sydni Doughtie will be expanding her role to direct the summer school and After School Enrichment Program (ASEP). Sydni’s time the past few years with the elementary children will help her in designing experiences that will promote learning and fun.
Substitute Coordinator: Dinah Chetrit will continue to support all the classes at the Bissonnet Campus as the substitute coordinator. As a trained Montessori teacher and advocate of Post Oak, Dinah will also play a critical role guiding admissions tours in the fall during Admissions Director Ashley Krug’s maternity leave.
A Fond Farewell
The following staff members will not be returning to Post Oak for the 2021–22 school year:
Volleyball Coach and Substitute Shani Vanterpool will be moving on from Post Oak. Shani made a huge impact on our Bearkats program and will be missed by her players at Middle and High School. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Senior Marketing Specialist Jessica Donahue will be moving on to new adventures as well. Jessie has done great work at Post Oak and came at a time when moving our outreach and presence online was critical.
Primary Assistant Robin Jagers will be returning home to Dallas to be closer to family. Robin has been a great addition to Post Oak over the years where she has served as a substitute, as well as an assistant in PHE and Karyn Smith’s class.
Welcome Back and Aboard
Post Oak welcomes the following new members to our team:
Upper Elementary Assistant: Zoe Nuhfer returns to Post Oak to join Simran Sood’s class. Zoe was the Lower Elementary assistant in Beth Olitzki’s class for the 2019–20 school year before returning to Georgia. She is back in Houston and ready to rejoin her teammates.
School Nurse: Judith McDonald began as a labor and delivery nurse before working in schools as a nurse. A fan of Montessori, she is excited to come to Post Oak to continue her career as a school nurse.
BC Receptionist: In addition to her numerous years of experience in administrative and receptionist roles, Cynthia Cano Gonzalez is also bilingual and has worked as a translator.
FDYCC Assistant: Sanaya Kateli will join the team in Emily Hansen’s class as Corrine LaPorte shifts to become an on-call substitute. Sanaya finished her Primary training with the Houston Montessori Institute (HMI) this summer and is excited to put all she has learned into practice.
FDYCC Assistant: Kristen O’Leary comes to Post Oak after working in Montessori toddler programs in Austin. She will be joining Emily Hansen’s team.
Assistant Librarian: Post Oak parent Amy Radack will provide some much-needed support in the Bissonnet Campus library as Cory Eckert increases her presence at the Museum District Campus supporting library services for the Middle and High School students. Amy has a degree in library science and is looking forward to her three mornings a week in the library.