New Faculty in 2020-2021

Casady School takes pride in its robust and talented faculty and staff. We fill positions with unique and experienced individuals who will continue Casady's mission to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in our students.
Tanjila Amin, Lower Division First Grade: Tanjila Amin joins Casady School as a first grade teacher in Lower Division. Ms. Amin has been teaching since 2013 and served as the Fifth Grade House Advisor, Middle School South Asian Club Advisor, and as an Admissions Committee Interviewer for The Dalton School in Manhattan, New York. She was also a Fifth Grade Lead Teacher ICT classroom at Harlem Village Academies in New York, and was a fifth grade teacher at Coy Miller Elementary in the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District. In December, Ms. Amin was a People of Color Conference Workshop Presenter on "Children's Literature: From Windows and Doors to Prisms - Representations of South Asians in Literature." Ms. Amin studied at the University of Oklahoma, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, along with Minors in French and Religious Studies. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma Master of Elementary Education, deferred completion.
Elizabeth Bertels, Middle Division Spanish: Elizabeth Bertels joins Casady’s Middle Division as a Spanish teacher. Prior to joining Casady, Ms. Bertels was a Spanish teacher at Hefner Middle School and worked as a Study Coach. She has also served as an interpreter for Peruvian Medical Missions. As a Study Coach, Ms. Bertels created individualized organizational plans for students to prioritize educational goals; introduced new study skills for students to better manage ADHD, anxiety, and various learning disabilities;  tutored students in a variety of subjects; reviewed research papers; worked with students to prepare for exams; and created curriculum for ACT preparation courses. Ms. Bertels attended Oklahoma State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Spanish as well as Secondary Education. She is an ACT certified educator in English as a Second Language.
Elijah Bonner, Athletics and P.E.: Coach Elijah Bonner has moved from California to join the Cyclone Athletics Team as Varsity Head Baseball Coach and P.E. teacher. Coach Bonner previously served as Gateway Public Middle School’s Athletic Director and P.E. Educator and Gateway Public High School’s Assistant Athletic Director in San Francisco. He was also Grattan Charter Elementary School’s Athletic Director and P.E. Educator and served as San Francisco’s Youth Baseball League Commissioner where he oversaw team managers, coaches, and athletes of 13 teams to ensure they were adhering to league rules and responsibilities. Coach Bonner is founder and CEO of the “Destined to be Great” program where he developed a summer sports program focused on developing each participant's athletic and gross motor skills, health and wellness, and sportsmanship. Coach Bonner attended Utah State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. 
Kimberly Florie, Technology: Kimberly Florie came to Casady this summer as Technology Support Specialist. Ms. Florie has over six years of experience in providing technical and customer support. Before starting at Casady, she was a System Administrator for Brinks Security where she was responsible for maintenance, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers. She installed hardware and software, and participated in research and development. She also worked as an Information Technology Specialist for the U.S. Army. Ms. Florie's awards and achievements include Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Award twice, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Inherit Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star. Her qualifications include Security Clearance, A+ Certificate, and Sec+ Certificate.
Madison Gilbert, Athletics: Madison Gilbert has traveled down the turnpike from Holland Hall to become Casady's Varsity Head Field Hockey Coach. Coach Gilbert has worked with our Cyclones this summer to prepare for the fall season. She coached field hockey at Colorado Academy, has worked in Field Hockey Brand Development and Sales at Harrow Sports in Denver, and was co-founder of Field Hockey Development at Field Hockey Drills. Coach Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and a Minor in Economics and graduated Cum Laude, Outstanding Student of Environmental Policy, from the University of Tulsa.
Dr. Jamalin Harp, Upper Division History: Casady's Upper Division welcomes Dr. Jamalin Harp as a history teacher. Dr. Harp was a Lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the Department of History and has served as a Graduate Assistant and Instructor for the Department of History at Texas Christian University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both History and English and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Abilene Christian University. She achieved her Masters of History and a Ph.D. in History from TCU. She is a member of the Organization of American Historians, Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, and Society for the History of the Early American Republic. Dr. Harp has a number of certificates and pedagogical training, academic service, religious and civic service, publications, selected fellowships and grants, selected conference presentations, and honors and awards.
Laura Kendall, Lower Division Second Grade: Laura Kendall has assumed a second grade teaching position in Casady's Lower Division. She has taught second and fourth grades, served as the Assistant Principal at O.C. Taylor Elementary in Colleyville, Texas, and most recently was the Librarian and worked in Gifted Education at Immaculate Conception Elementary. Mrs. Kendall obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a Master's of Science in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. She has received numerous honors and awards including being nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award, Fort Worth Star Telegram Featured Teacher, and Listed in Who's Who Among American Educators.
Amy Knous, Vocal Music: Casady’s Performing Arts Department has gained a gifted and talented Vocal Music Teacher for Middle and Upper Divisions. Amy Knous comes to Casady from Edmond Sequoyah Middle School where she was the Head Choir Director. Ms. Knous was the Choir Director for Midwest City High School, served as Assistant Choir Director for Jenks High School, and was Director and Founder of the Tulsa Youth Opera Singing Essentials. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music Education and Texas Tech University, where she received her Master's of Music Education. Ms. Knous is a member of the Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the Oklahoma Music Educator Association, and is currently Junior High Chair for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. She is a cantor and staff singer at Christ the King Church.
Marla Linton, Upper Division Learning Specialist: Marla Linton comes to Casady as Learning Specialist for Upper Division students. Prior to joining Casady, Ms. Linton worked as a Special Education Teacher and English Language Teacher at Miami High School in Miami, Oklahoma, where she taught students in direct instruction and co-taught in the general curriculum. She provided accommodations to instruction and materials ensuring the diverse needs of every student were met, and she was responsible for all aspects of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and ensuring IEPs were in compliance with state and federal law. Ms. Linton received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Oklahoma State University and her Master's of Education in Special Education from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ms. Linton also obtained a Post Master's Principal Certification in Educational Leadership from East Central University.
Kelsey Lyle, Athletic Trainer: Kelsey Lyle joins Casady’s Athletics Department as an Athletic Trainer. Kelsey is an Oklahoma Licensed Athletic Trainer and National Board Certified Athletic Trainer and has been coaching since 2014. Kelsey has served as a coach at Youth Fitness Zone in Stillwater, at several sports camps including the OCU Women's Basketball Camp, and most recently, as a coach and receptionist for the Edmond Gymnastics Academy and Key Fit Club. Kelsey did her clinical rotations at a variety of locations including Stillwater High School, Mercy Hospital in Edmond (Sports Performance), Oklahoma State University Hospital, Northern Oklahoma College, and Oklahoma City University. Kelsey attended Oklahoma State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences (Allied Health) as well as her Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences. Kelsey obtained her Master of Athletic Training from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.
Ann Palms, Middle Division Athletic Director: Ann Palms joined Casady this summer as the Cyclones new Middle Division Athletic Director. Mrs. Palms has 13 years of Independent School experience, having taught and coached. For the last seven years, she has served as Athletic Director for Lincoln School, an Independent School in Providence, Rhode Island. She also served as a swim coach of their crew team. Prior to her full time Independent School experience, Mrs. Palms served for six years as a swim professional for Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness in Dallas. During her tenure with Cooper, she also worked for ISAS schools including Hockaday, Ursuline Academy, and Cistercian. Mrs. Palms grew up in Dallas, and upon high school graduation, she attended the College of Charleston where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She swam for the College of Charleston, a NCAA Division I school, and was voted captain two years of her collegiate swimming career.
Amie Reardon, Assistant Band Director: Amie Reardon joins Jamee Hale as the Assistant Director in Casady's Band program. Ms. Reardon is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she obtained her Bachelor of Music in Education. For the past three years, Ms. Reardon has taught oboe to students in the El Sistema program.
Jill Rumbaugh, Middle Division Math: Jill Rumbaugh comes to Casady as a new sixth grade math teacher. Ms. Rumbaugh was Superintendent of Independence Charter Middle School. She has extensive experience teaching math in schools across Oklahoma and previously served as the Assistant Principal of Summit Middle School in the Edmond School District. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University and a Master's of Science in Educational Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Ms. Rumbaugh's professional affiliations include National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, and Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association. She also has state certifications as Elementary Principal,  Elementary Education, Intermediate Math, Mid-Level Math for High School Credit, and Mid-Level English.
Amarnath Santhanam, Upper Division Math: Amarnath Santhanam has moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to join Casady’s Upper Division Mathematics Department. Mr. Amarnath, as he would like his students to call him, previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at California State University, and more recently, as a Math Teacher at Pinewood School’s Upper Campus. While at Pinewood, Mr. Armanath also led the board gaming club. Mr. Amarnath studied at California State University East Bay, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with a teaching emphasis, and a Master's of Science in Pure Mathematics. In addition, Mr. Armanath sang in an all-male a cappella group at Sacred Heart Preparatory, a co-ed a cappella group at Williams College, the concert and chamber choirs at Santa Clara University, and the choir at CSU East Bay.
Julianne Thompson, Primary Division Faculty: Julianne Thompson joins Casady School as a Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Thompson comes to Casady from St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans where she was Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Ms. Thompson  has served as the Co-Director and Head Teacher at Little Ones LLC Nursery School in Queens, New York and as Universal Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Manhattan. Ms. Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University and went on to achieve a Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has an active Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate (birth through 3rd grade).
Julie Tubb, Middle Division French: Julie Luke Tubb will teach French in Casady's Middle Division. Before joining Casady's faculty, Mrs. Tubb was a tutor, Native American Federal Grant, for Epperly Heights Elementary School in Mid-Del Schools where she worked with elementary school students who required additional support in reading and math skills. She also helped support teachers' lessons and created individual curriculum for students with special learning needs. Mrs. Tubb has also been a pre-school teacher at Christ the King where she created an early French curriculum for PreK students. Mrs. Tubb studied at Skidmore College in New York as well as Université de Clermont-Ferrand in France. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in French from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Mrs. Tubb's civic organizations and memberships include the Juliette Lowe Membership Committee; Love Like Crazy Foundation board member; OKC Riversport Foundation auction chair; and Girl Scouts Self-Esteem Program in-school troop leader.

Familiar Faces | New Places

Versatility and talent are key in Casady School's faculty base. Several members of our community are assuming new roles this year. 

Carrie Dannaway has moved to full time and will be a Team Leader for the Pre-K Four Day program in Casady's Primary Division.
Michaela Freeland
 has assumed a new role this year as Assistant Remote Learning Coordinator in addition to continuing as Casady Librarian.
Carolynn Gunderson is Casady's new Operations Assistant and will continue to be a part of the School's After Care Team.
Rob Huber
has moved from Middle to Upper Division to teach math and computer science.
BrieAnn Johnson will oversee the School's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program and will continue to teach Upper Division English part time.
Cherylynn O'Melia will be Assistant Librarian in both Lower and Upper Divisions. She has served the past year as Casady's Director of Service Learning and Student Activities. 
Sandy Nelson has accepted a new role for this year as Casady's Remote Learning Coordinator and will also continue her work as Curriculum Coordinator.
Valerie Russell has been named Upper Division Assistant Dean of Students. Ms. Russell previously taught math in Upper Division.
Koby Scoville
 is the new Middle Division Math Chair and has also joined the Eighth Grade Team as the math teacher. He has been teaching sixth grade math. Mr. Scoville will also continue as Varsity Head Football Coach.

Flex Learning Liaisons: To support Casady's Remote Learning Program, Tai Shriner in Lower Division, Misty Reed in Middle Division, and Joanne Infantino in Upper Division have been appointed Flex Learning Liaisons.

Long Term Subs: Casady School has engaged seven long-term substitute teachers who will be available daily to provide immediate support in the classroom and on campus during this School year. These long-term subs are a true testament to the commitment of our Casady Community to support our students and faculty. Long terms subs are Jay Johnson, Colin McEwen, Greg McPherson, Kim O'Connor, Cherylynn O'Melia, Sam Peregrin, and Judy Warren.
Casady School welcomes a student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
Casady School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory, Episcopal day school serving students in pre-k-12. Educating Mind, Body, and Spirit.