Faculty & Staff

Administration

Meg Piatt

Meg Piatt

Principal (859) 371-8100 - Extension 11

I am so pleased to be the principal for Mary, Queen of Heaven School. I have eighteen years of experience in education as a classroom teacher. I am very happy to be continuing my career as an administrator in this wonderful community. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Thomas More College and my Masters degree from Northern Kentucky University. Most recently, I completed my coursework for Administrative Licensure in Education through Xavier University. I am a native of Northern Kentucky, and live in Villa Hills with my husband, Joel, and our four children.

“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Reverend Kevin Kahmann

Reverend Kevin Kahmann

Pastor (859) 525-6909 - Extension 611

I am very blessed to be the Pastor of Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish and School.  I have lived my whole life in Erlanger, Kentucky except for the six years I attended seminary.  My path to the priesthood was a bit different than most priests – I worked for 15 years as an Internal Revenue Service agent before I heard God’s call and discovered my true vocation.  By God’s grace, I was ordained a priest in 2010 and was assigned to Mary, Queen of Heaven.  Being a priest has brought me more joy than I would have ever imagined possible.  In my spare time I enjoy sports (I’m a huge Reds and Bengals fan), music, movies, and reading.

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you”

— John 15:16

Carrie Tucker

Carrie Tucker

Administrative Assistant (859) 371-8100 - Extension 10

I attended St. Pius Elementary School, Notre Dame Academy, and Eastern Kentucky University, briefly, with interests in Theatre and Social Work. My husband and I have 3 children and have lived in Kentucky all our lives.  After 9 years as a clerical in law offices, I became a stay at home mom, watching babies in my home, caring for elderly in their homes, and working at Behle Street by Sheli. For many years, I longed for a school secretary position, and am beyond blessed and excited to have been given the opportunity to be the Administrative Assistant for Mary, Queen of Heaven!

“God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life.”

— Romans 8:28

Classroom Teachers

Katie Ifcic

Katie Ifcic

Preschool Director/ Lead Teacher (859) 371-8100

I am blessed to have this opportunity to teach the littlest Knights here at Mary Queen of Heaven. While this is my first year teaching here at MQH, this has been my parish for several years. I absolutely love it here! I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Early Childhood Education. This is my eighteenth year teaching preschool. When I am not in the classroom I love spending time with my family and friends. 

“Seek God’s will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

— Proverbs 3:6

Caitlin Fangman

Caitlin Fangman

Kindergarten (859) 371-8100 - Extension 25

I teach Kindergarten here at Mary, Queen of Heaven School. I graduated with honors from Thomas More University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I grew up in Northern Kentucky and reside in Edgewood.  I am a parishioner at St. Pius X Parish. In my spare time, I’m always up for an adventure as I love to travel and visit new places.  I also love to bargain shop and spend time with my family and dog, Phoebe. I am very blessed to be a part of the MQH community.

 

“The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.”

— Author Unknown

Caroline McConkey

Caroline McConkey

1st Grade (859) 371-8100 - Extension 26

I am currently the first grade teacher at MQH school. I attended the University of Dayton for my undergraduate education, where I received my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working toward receiving my Masters degree as a Literacy Specialist through the University of the Cumberlands. I am originally from Lexington, Kentucky, and although this is my fourth year at MQH, this is my sixth year in the classroom.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

— Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Kiara Jacks

Kiara Jacks

2nd Grade (859) 371-8100 - Extension 21

I teach Second Grade here at Mary, Queen of Heaven. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood Education.  This is my ninth year teaching here at Mary, Queen of Heaven! I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree at Northern Kentucky University. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I absolutely love it here at MQH! 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ”

— Phillipians 4:13

Erica Betz

Erica Betz

3rd Grade (859) 371-8100 - Extension 24

This is my fourteenth year teaching at Mary, Queen of Heaven.  I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University and a M. Ed. in Reading from Xavier University.

“Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Caroline Durand

Caroline Durand

4th Grade (859) 371-8100 - Extension 25

I am pleased to have the wonderful opportunity to teach 4th grade at Mary, Queen of Heaven Catholic School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education through Franciscan University of Steubenville, and have a Master’s Degree in Literacy through Elmira College, New York. I spent some time teaching in Boston, and am also a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language. In my free time, I always love a good book. I look forward to a great year in the classroom!

“The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

— Pope Benidict XVI

Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson

5th Grade (859) 371-8100 - Extension 19

I have been blessed to teach in the Diocese of Covington for 38 years and have been a member of the faculty of Mary, Queen of Heaven for the last 37 years.   I attended St. Augustine Elementary School and Holy Cross High School.  I received a BA and a MEd from Northern Kentucky University.    In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and sharing a good joke or two.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

— Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Garri Hunt

Garri Hunt

6th-8th Reading & Language Arts (859) 371-8100 - Extension 22

I attended Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington through high school, and earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky.  I earned my Masters in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.  I am our school’s Student Council moderator, and I design our yearbook.  My husband, three children, and I are members of MQH parish, and I love the community here!

“Do small things with great love.”

— St. Teresa of Calcutta

Deacon Larry Kleisinger

6th-8th Religion l.kleisinger@mqhschool.com
(859) 371-8100 - Extension 23

When I decided to answer the call to the diaconate, I went through three years of training in the Diocese of Covington; then I spent three more years studying at the Athenaeum of Ohio.  I was ordained in 2010 by Bishop Foys.  I served as a deacon at St. Pius X in Edgewood for five years before returning to MQH.  I have been a full time Deacon at MQH since 2015.  I have been a parishioner at Mary, Queen of Heaven since 1986; my wife since 1972.  Fr. Kevin allowed me to teach Theology for two years at St. Henry High School to Sophomores and Juniors which I absolutely enjoyed.  Now, I am so excited to take on the challenge of teaching our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students about the beauty of our Catholic faith and the love of God revealed in the Sacred Scriptures. My wife Karen and I currently live in Hebron, Kentucky. We sent all three of our children to MQH.  My wife and her brothers also attended MQH.

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ”

— Matthew 4:4

Gwyn Dicken

6th-8th Social Studies g.dicken@mqhschool.com
(859) 371-8100 - Extension 23

I am so happy to become a part of the Mary Queen of Heaven family this year.  I retired from Boone County Schools in December 2020 after teaching 26 1/2 years and I am excited to be back in the classroom.  I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Morehead State University and was also National Board Certified in Adolescent Social Studies.  I live in Boone County and have two grown children, a daughter and a son, that both live in Ohio.  I am a huge theatre buff and try to get to theatre as often as I can. I love to read a good mystery, travel, and enjoy watching the Reds and the Bengals.  I have had several opportunities to visit some of America’s historical places and even participate in teacher education trainings at Monticello and Montpelier.  I can’t wait to share my love of history with the students!

 

“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Laurie Dvornak

Laurie Dvornak

6th-8th Science & Mathematics (859) 371-8100 - Extension 13

Hello!! My name is Laurie Dvornak and I will be teaching 6-8th Math and Science!

I taught at IHM for 17 years. Prior to that, my family and I lived overseas in the Middle East. I designed educational programs for the National Aquarium in Kuwait and trained their teachers to work with the public. I also taught Math Enrichment at the Jeddah Prep and Grammar School, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It was a wonderful experience to live abroad and to learn other teaching strategies. I started my teaching in a K-12 School in coastal Oregon teaching all the secondary sciences as well as 7th/8th grade math and Algebra. My love for small schools comes from this experience!!

My college years were spent in WA at Whitman College, where I earned a BA in Biology and Oregon State University for a BS in Zoology, Science Education and a MS from the Dept. of Math-Science Education.
My family is from eastern Washington State. Go Seahawks! My husband and I have two children, one in medicine and the other in higher education.

I love teaching-it is truly a calling.  Science is so much fun to share with children, and they have so many questions about the world around them and how it works. Math is often the language of science. Working with children keeps you young and open to the world and all its many changing wonders.

“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”

— Psalm 111: 2

Specials

Anita Redmond

Anita Redmond

Art (859) 371-8100 - Extension 16

I graduated from Northern Kentucky University with Bachelor of Fine Arts , specializing in painting. I went on to earn my Masters of Art Education at Mount Saint Joseph University. This is my 6th year teaching art at Mary Queen of Heaven, and I love it! I also spend my time working on commissioned portraits, and hiking with my dogs and husband .

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ”

— Pablo Picasso

Megan Apgar

Megan Apgar

Computer & STEM (859) 371-8100 - Extension 20

I have been on the faculty at Mary, Queen of Heaven School for 12 years.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Miami University and a Masters in Educational Technology from Boise State University.  I teach computer and STEM classes to the students in grades K-8.  

In addition to teaching, I help manage our online School Management System,  the school website, and our school’s social media pages.  I also take care of the school’s technology hardware.  

I love the ever-changing nature of working with technology and most of all, I love working with the students of Mary, Queen of Heaven School!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and he will make straight your paths.”

— Proverbs 3:5-6

Tim Markey

Tim Markey

Music (859) 371-8100
Website

I am the music teacher at Mary Queen of Heaven School. I attended the University of Kentucky for my Bachelor’s of Music Education and Asbury University for my Master’s of Special Education. My main instrument is trumpet and I perform for weddings, social events and am a volunteer bugler for the Buglers Across America. Orff-Schulwerk music teaching techniques, songs, recorders, and instruments are used in my music class on a regular basis.  I am also an ordained deacon in the Baptist faith and regularly attend Church with my family.

“Don’t be afraid, just play the music.”

— Charlie Parker

Kim Case

Physical Education k.case@mqhschool.com
(859) 371-8100
I am excited to join the Mary Queen of Heaven community. I am the mother of 4 children who all attended Catholic schools in Northern Kentucky.
I received my elementary education degree from Thomas More College and taught 1st grade before I became a stay at home mom. I have been a substitute teacher for several years in the Diocese and I am super excited to teach Physical Education to your children this year!

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

— Phillipians 4:13

Mrs. Shelly Hunt

Mrs. Shelly Hunt

Librarian/Instructional Aide (859) 371-8100 - Extension 12

I grew up across the river in Cincinnati and attended college at Bowling Green State University.  Both of my daughters attended Mary, Queen of Heaven for elementary school and went on to graduate from St. Henry District High School. In 2001 I became instructional aide in the first grade class, and I’ve been here ever since assisting MQH in many different ways. My latest endeavor is in the library.

“Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible”

— Luke 1:37

Mrs. Jennifer Dicke

Mrs. Jennifer Dicke

Instructional Aide (859) 371-8100

I’m from Marion, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. My husband and I moved here from Columbus, Ohio 14 years ago. We have two boys, Aiden and Ethan. I love working with children. I have taught preschool and been an instructional aide for the last 8 years. I’m loving my time with the kids here at Mary Queen of Heaven.

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

— Helen Keller

Ms. Beth Kruer

Ms. Beth Kruer

Resource Teacher (859) 371-8100 - Extension 29

I am currently the Resource Teacher at MQH.  I attended Ohio University earning a degree in Special Education.  I have also attended Xavier University, NKU, and Georgetown College gaining certification renewals.  You might see me at work at Fort Mitchell Kroger where I am a Clicklist specialist.  I have four children who attended St. Pius school in Edgewood and later at Notre Dame, Cov Cath, and Beechwood.  My prior experience was at Deer Park City Schools, Kenton County, and Beechwood Independent Schools.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ”

— Phillipians 4:13

Clair Davenport

Clair Davenport

Math Interventionist (859) 371-8100

I am blessed to have been welcomed into the MQH school community this year! I am a Northern Kentucky native and live in Lakeside Park with my husband and daughter. I attended Blessed Sacrament School, Notre Dame Academy, and earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership from Xavier University. I spent 3 years teaching 4th grade at St. Pius X School and 1 year teaching 3rd grade in Columbia, South Carolina while my husband was stationed at Ft. Jackson. I am thrilled to be back in Northern Kentucky and sharing my love of math with all of the students at MQH!

“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

— Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sara Tepe

Sara Tepe

Instructional Aide (859) 371-8100
Amy Bustraan

Amy Bustraan

Preschool Aide (859) 371-8100

Hello! This is my first year at Mary Queen of Heaven and am so excited for this opportunity to share our faith with preschoolers! I have a Bachelor’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University. Before coming to MQH, I was a preschool aide for Boone County Schools. For over 13 years I have also been the preschool program director for our church’s vacation Bible school program. I look forward to getting to know the families at MQH!

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”

— 2 Corinthians 9:15

Maintenance/Cafeteria/Aftercare

Tim Cummins

Tim Cummins

Maintenance (859) 371-8100
Toni Holian

Toni Holian

Cafeteria (859) 371-8100 - Extension 18

As a member of Mary, Queen of Heaven for 16 years and a member of the staff for the past 8 years, I am super excited to see all the amazing things happening on campus everyday!  My Husband Joe and I have two children that both attend Mary, Queen of Heaven, a daughter in 8th grade and a son in 4th grade. My passion is cooking and seeing the joy in others when they have had a great meal with friends and family. I graduated from NKU with my BA in Theatre Arts, with an Associate of Applied Science in Pre-Busiess Studies. I received my Associate of Applied Business in Chef Technologies from Cincinnati State. I love working at school sharing my passion with everyone. I am Blessed to be able to be doing the things I Love!

“If you don't love what you do,
you won't do it with much
conviction or passion.”

— Mia Hamm

Jennifer Jett

Jennifer Jett

Director of Aftercare (859) 371-8100

I have been a parishioner here at MQH since 2002, and have 3 children. This is my sixth year in the Aftercare Program. I love to spend time with my family! I look forward to working with the parents and students of Mary, Queen of Heaven School.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'”

— Eleanor Roosevelt